NINE PLAYERS SELECTED IN THE FIRST CFL EUROPEAN DRAFT

NINE PLAYERS SELECTED IN THE FIRST CFL EUROPEAN DRAFT

FRANCE'S VALENTIN GNAHOUA SELECTED FIRST OVERALL BY THE HAMILTON TIGER-CATS

TORONTO (April 11, 2019) -- With the first pick in the first ever Canadian Football League (CFL)  European Draft, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats selected France's Valentin Gnahoua.

The one-round draft followed a year that saw agreements signed between the CFL and several European federations, and the participation of 18 European players at the CFL Combine presented by New Era in March.

Nine players were selected from four different countries.

Below are the results from the 2019 CFL European Draft:

Selection

Team

Name

Position

Country

1

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Valentin Gnahoua

DL

Le Mans, France

2

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Thiadric Hansen

LB

Flensburg, Germany

3

Montreal Alouettes

Asnnel Robo

RB

Cayenne, France

4

Edmonton Eskimos

Maxime Rouyer

LB

Troyes, France

5

Toronto Argonauts

Marc Anthony Hor

DL

Mannheim, Germany

6

Saskatchewan Roughriders

Max Zimmermann

REC

Berlin, Germany

7

BC Lions

Benjamin Plu

REC

Le Mans, France

8

Ottawa REDBLACKS

Jordan Bouah

REC

Rome, Italy

9

Calgary Stampeders

Roni Salonen

LB

Vantaa, Finland

Country Breakdown:

4 - France
3 - Germany
1 – Italy and Finland

Positional Breakdown:

3 - Receivers and Linebackers
2 - Defensive Linemen
1 – Running Back

Drafted Player Profiles:

Asnnel Robo
Maxime Rouyer
Max Zimmermann
Roni Salonen
Marc Anthony Hor

To review ‘global’ testing results from the CFL Combine presented by New Era, click here.

This is the second draft the CFL has conducted in 2019 with ‘global’ players, with the first taking place in Mexico on January 14.

The 2019 CFL Draft will take place on May 2nd in Toronto. The first two rounds will be aired live on TSN and RDS. Training camps are set to open on May 19. The 2019 season begins on June 13 when the Saskatchewan Roughriders face off against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Fans can stay up to date on all the non-stop action at CFL.ca, follow the 2019 season from around the world, and join us at a game. The 107th Grey Cup presented by Shaw will be played at McMahon Stadium in Calgary on Sunday, November 24.

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