2017 CFL DRAFT FIRST ROUND RECAP

2017 CFL DRAFT FIRST ROUND RECAP

FAITH EKAKITIE SELECTED FIRST OVERALL BY THE WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS

Sunday, May 7, 2017 — TORONTO (May 7, 2017) -- With the first pick in the 2017 CFL Draft, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers selected defensive lineman Faith Ekakitie from the University of Iowa.

Below is the 2017 CFL Draft first round recap:

Selection

Team

Name

Position

Hometown

School

1

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (via TOR)

Faith Ekakitie

DL

Brampton, ON

Iowa

2

Saskatchewan Roughriders

Cameron Judge

LB

Montreal, QC

UCLA

3

BC Lions
(via MTL)

Danny Vandervoort

REC

Barrie, ON

McMaster

4

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Connor McGough

DL

Calgary, AB

Calgary

5

Edmonton Eskimos

Nate Behar

REC

London, ON

Carleton

6

Calgary Stampeders (via WPG)

Randy Colling

DL

Arcade, NY

Gannon

7

BC Lions

Junior Luke

DL

Montreal, QC

Montreal

8

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (via CGY)

Geoff Gray

OL

Winnipeg, MB

Manitoba

9

Ottawa REDBLACKS

Evan Johnson

OL

Regina, SK

Saskatchewan

NOTES

This marks back-to-back drafts that a player from University of Iowa has been selected in the first round. 2017, Faith Ekakitie and 2016, Tevaun Smith (8th overall, selected by Edmonton)

The last time a defensive lineman has been selected first overall was in 2013 when Hamilton selected Linden Gaydosh.

It’s the first time since 2011 that the top-two selections came from the NCAA.

It was the first time in 24 years that no offensive linemen were selected in the first five picks.

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