BC LIONS TRADE UP TO SELECT JORDAN WILLIAMS FIRST OVERALL IN 2020 CFL DRAFT

BC LIONS TRADE UP TO SELECT JORDAN WILLIAMS FIRST OVERALL IN 2020 CFL DRAFT

East Carolina University linebacker headlines first round selections

TORONTO (April 30, 2020) – The Canadian Football League (CFL) is proud to welcome Jordan Williams as the first overall selection in the 2020 CFL Draft. The BC Lions traded up from the No. 3 position to draft the linebacker out of East Carolina University.

2020 CFL DRAFT – FIRST ROUND

No.

Team

Name

Position

School

Hometown

1

BC

Jordan Williams

LB

ECU

Louisville, Ken.

2

Toronto

Dejon Brissett

REC

Virginia

Mississauga, Ont.

3

Calgary

Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund

DE

Southeastern Louisiana

Dartmouth, N.S.

4

Edmonton

Tomas Jack-Kurdyla

OL

Buffalo

Montreal

5

Hamilton

Coulter Woodmansey

OL

Guelph

Toronto

6

Ottawa

Adam Auclair

DB

Laval

Quebec City

7

Saskatchewan

Mattland Riley

OL

Saskatchewan

Melfort, Sask.

8

Hamilton

Mason Bennett

DE

North Dakota

Winnipeg

9

Toronto

Theren Churchill

OL

Regina

Stettler, Alta.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Positional breakdown
    • Offensive linemen: 4
    • Defensive end: 2
    • Linebacker: 1
    • Receiver: 1
    • Defensive end: 1
  • Provincial breakdown
    • Ontario: 2
    • Quebec: 2
    • Nova Scotia: 1
    • Saskatchewan: 1
    • Manitoba: 1
    • Alberta: 1
  • School breakdown
    • NCAA: 5
    • U SPORTS: 4

FIRST ROUND AT A GLANCE

  • After acquiring the pick via trade, the BC Lions selected first overall for the fifth time in franchise history; the most recent occasion came in 1999 with defensive lineman Rob Meier.
  • East Carolina's Jordan Williams is the first linebacker to be selected first overall since Henoc Muamba in 2011. The selection marks the fifth time in CFL Draft history that a linebacker has been taken No. 1. Williams is the first player in ECU history to be drafted by the CFL.
  • For the sixth consecutive year, the first overall selection has come from the NCAA.
    • 2019: Shane Richards
    • 2018: Mark Chapman
    • 2017: Faith Ekakitie
    • 2016: Josiah St. John
    • 2015: Alex Mateas
  • The last U SPORTS player taken No. 1 was Laval’s Pierre Lavertu by Calgary in 2014.
  • The 2020 CFL Draft marks the first time since 1999 that a CIS/U SPORTS player was not selected in the Top-4.
  • No. 5 overall pick, OL Coulter Woodmansey, is the highest Guelph player chosen since Rob Maver was selected fifth overall in 2010. Prior to that occasion, Mike O’Shea was drafted fourth overall in 1993.
  • DB Adam Auclair is the 11th player from Laval to be drafted in the first round since 2005. Since that year, Laval ranks second in first round selections behind Calgary’s 14. Auclair represents the highest selection for a defensive back since Chris Ackie was taken fourth overall in 2015.
  • OL Theren Churchill is the first Regina player to be selected in the first round since OL Brendon LaBatte was drafted sixth overall by Winnipeg in 2008.

CFL.ca will cover the remaining rounds of the draft with CFL host Brodie Lawson and CFL.ca columnist, draft insider and TSN Radio host Marshall Ferguson. The live show will include the latest picks, in-depth analysis and interviews with a number of the newly-drafted players. RDS will air a draft recap special on May 1 at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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Lucas Barrett Director, Communications & Public Affairs, Canadian Football League
Lucas Barrett Director, Communications & Public Affairs, Canadian Football League
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