Updated Mock Draft after Wednesday’s flurry of trades.
2018 CFL Mock Draft
Pick #1. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Selection: Mark Chapman, REC, Central Michigan Chippewas
When Hamilton moved up the board, they had to be targeting a pro-ready talent who could contribute immediately. Chapman fits the bill and could be the heir apparent to Andy Fantuz.
Pick #2. Montreal Alouettes
Selection: Trey Rutherford, OL, UConn Huskies
Montreal gets the player they coveted first overall and end up adding a second starting calibre linemen in as many days. The Als will get instantly younger up front and Rutherford should be starting by the end of the year.
Pick #3. BC Lions
Selection: Peter Godber, OL, Rice Owls
BC needs to upgrade their offensive line in order to revive Jonathan Jennings’ career trajectory and return to relevance in the league. With the third pick, they have a chance to add the best player in the whole draft by my assessment. He will start early and often, solidifying the BC interior for years to come.
Pick #4. Ottawa Redblacks
Selection: Jackson Bennett, DB, Ottawa GeeGees
Ottawa has a wealth of Canadian talent throughout the roster and have no immediate needs to fill on the offensive line. It makes sense that they would add a local product that can help the roster in multiple ways. Much like current Redblacks All-Star Antoine Pruneau, Bennett can play both safety and SAM linebacker. He also has the skills to spell Diontae Spencer off in the return game.
Pick #5. Saskatchewan Roughriders
Selection: David Knevel, OL, Nebraska Cornhuskers
I’m on record as saying Knevel’s draft stock is over-inflated but would it really be the CFL Draft without the Chris Jones Riders drafting a Division One player with a small amount of questionable game-tape. Saskatchewan will be attracted to the big school pedigree and his impressive size.
Pick #6. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Selection: Mark Korte, Alberta Golden Bears
By trading Ryan Bomben for the first overall pick, Hamilton created a huge hole on their offensive line. Mark Korte fixes that problem instantly, can start early and may eventually develop into a starting CFL tackle.
Pick #7. BC Lions
Selection: Godfrey Onyeka, DB, Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks
BC has toyed with starting a Canadian at corner in recent years. Drafting Onyeka gives them the ability to do that down the road or provide a potential upgrade to Anthony Thompson at safety.
Pick #8. Calgary Stampeders
Selection: Ryan Sceviour, OL, Calgary Dinos
Teams moving back into the first round help Calgary solve a desperate need on the offensive line by letting a local stud fall to them. Sceviour is versatile lineman who should be a stalwart for the Stamps for years to come.
Pick #9. Toronto Argonauts
Selection: Dakoda Shepley, OL, UBC Thunderbirds
Without any pressing needs, the Argos can take a future pick here. Shepley will be an All-Star if he ever comes north and could be the replacement for Chris Van Zeyl when he retires.
Pick #10. Edmonton Eskimos
Selection: Jordan Beaulieu, DB, Western Mustangs
Edmonton is looking for an upgrade from Neil King at safety and Jordan Beaulieu is hard-hitting, downhill player who could change their defence. He might not start day one but will see the field by the end of the year.
Pick #11. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Selection: David Mackie, FB, Western Mustangs
This may seem to be a bit too high to draft a fullback but players like Mackie don’t come around everyday. Hamilton doesn’t currently have a true fullback on the roster either, with Felix Faubert-Lussier operating mostly as a receiver in mini-camp. There is no flash to this pick but Mackie will help on offence and special teams instantly.
Pick #12. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Selection: Andrew Pickett, OL, Guelph Gryphons
Winnipeg misses out on the top tier of O-linemen by moving out of the first round but Pickett is a nice consolation prize. He is a mean guard like Sukh Chung and will provide the depth the Bombers need as they move back to three National linemen.
Pick #13. Ottawa Redblacks
Selection: Julien Laurent, DT, Georgia State Panthers
Ottawa is always looking for stud interior pass rushers and Laurent is the first one in a while that hasn’t had an NFL opportunity. He becomes a rotational player with Daryl Waud the second he’s drafted.
Pick #14. Saskatchewan Roughriders
Selection: Rashaun Simonise, REC, Calgary Dinos/ Okanagan Sun
Simonise has a lot of questions around him, but that has never scared the Riders off before. He has a big pro-style body and NFL calibre talent that Jones will love.
Pick #15. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Selection: Isiah Guzylak-Messam, DB, Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks
Hamilton had tremendous success when Craig Butler manned the safety position and Courtney Stephen was field corner. With Butler now retired and Stephen firmly entrenched at safety, the addition of a top tier corner like Guzylak-Messam could allow them to return to that ratio combination later while adding depth now.
Pick #16. BC Lions
Selection: Daniel Petermann, REC, McMaster Marauders
Another McMaster receiver to backup last years first round pick Danny Vandevoort, Petermann is a burner who can stretch the field and add high calibre depth to a young Canadian receiving corps.
Pick #17. Calgary Stampeders
Selection: Jean-Gabriel Poulin, LB, Western Mustangs
Alex Singleton has developed into one of the game’s biggest stars but Calgary lacks much behind him. Poulin is an aggressive linebacker who can play special teams and pinch hit when needed.
Pick #18. Toronto Argonauts
Selection: Brett Wade, DL, Calgary Dinos
A versatile, high motor D-linemen who will provide the Argos with high quality depth.
Pick #19. Montreal Alouettes
Selection: Darius Ciraco, OL, Calgary Dinos
The Als add more help to their aging O-line in the third round. Ciraco is a talented center who can develop into a replacement for Luc Brodeur-Jordain.
Pick #20. Toronto Argonauts
Selection: Micah Teitz, LB, Calgary Dinos
An athletic linebacker who will instantly help on special teams.
Pick #21. BC Lions
Selection: David Brown, OL, Western Mustangs
Another high quality lineman falls to the Lions because of injury and helps them revitalize their O-line.
Pick #22. Ottawa Redblacks
Selection: Justin Lawrence, OL, Alberta Golden Bears
Ottawa adds some depth in the trenches with a versatile interior presence. Won’t start this year but will leap frog current prospects for a key backup spot.
Pick #23. Montreal Alouettes
Selection: Nelkas Kwemo, LB, Queen’s Golden Gaels
With the long-term addition of Muamba, the Alouettes will need some youth to develop and learn behind him. Kwemo has the body of a true middle linebacker and will fill that need.
Pick #24. Edmonton Eskimos
Selection: Keiler Cherry, OL, Acadia Axemen
A mountainous lineman who is the best available at this stage. Will join a line filled with other giants like Matt O’Donnell, Justin Sorenson and Mason Woods.
Pick #25. Calgary Stampeders
Selection: Ryder Stone, RB, Dartmouth Big Green
The next generation of Canadian backs in Calgary will be led by an intelligent and versatile local player.
Pick #26. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Selection: Justin Buren, REC, Simon Fraser Clan
An underrated receiver who will provide excellent depth as the Bombers revamp their receiving corps.
Pick #27. Montreal Alouettes
Selection: Bo Banner, DE, Central Washington Wildcats
The Alouettes lack any pass rushing depth behind big free agent fish Jamaal Westerman. Banner provides that and can help on special teams.
Pick #28. Calgary Stampeders
Selection: Ryan Hunter, OL, Bowling Green State Falcons
The Stamps take a flyer on Hunter in the hopes that he returns to Canada and turns into a starting guard or replacement for retired tackle Dan Federkeil.
Pick #29. Ottawa Redblacks
Selection: Regis Cibasu, REC, Montreal Carabines
Cibasu has odd dimensions for a receiver but adds some depth behind Brad Sinopoli. They could use his size in the receiving game in a fashion similar to how they used Patrick Lavoie.
Pick #30. Ottawa Redblacks
Selection: Mickael Cote, LB, Concordia Stingers
Stud linebacker with a pro-ready body. Fits instantly into an Ottawa lineup lacking Canadian backers.
Pick #31. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Selection: Boston Rowe, LB, Calgary Dinos
A talented linebacker with a high football IQ who will become a heavy special teams contributor.
Pick #32. Edmonton Eskimos
Selection: Lekan Idowu, DB, Windsor Lancers
Edmonton needs depth at defensive back and with all the blue-chip prospects off the board, overlooking Idowu’s short stature in favour of his freakish athleticism and special teams value could be the play.
Pick #33. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Selection: Tanner Green, FB, Concordia Stingers
Winnipeg values the fullback position very highly for its value on special teams but with the departure of Christophe Normande, they don’t have a true starter at that spot. This addition will allow Mike Miller and John Rush to focus on blowing up returners while Green handles the blocking.
Pick #34. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Selection: Justin Howell, DB, Carleton Ravens
Another piece of DB depth, Howell gives them even more options and should be a special teams contributor.
Pick #35. Toronto Argonauts
Selection: Etienne Moisan, FB/REC, Laval Rouge et OR
Declan Cross has established himself as one of the CFL’s best full backs. Moisan gives depth behind him and equals his pass catching ability.
Pick #36. Saskatchewan Roughriders
Selection: Dagogo Maxwell, DB, UBC Thunderbirds
Chris Jones values versatility highly. Maxwell is a former receiver turned shutdown DB with return abilities. Seems like a perfect fit.
Pick #37. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Selection: Kene Onyeka, DE, Carleton Ravens
Hamilton will start a Canadian at defensive end for the foreseeable future. With Capicciotti and McGough already in place, they can afford to wait a year for Onyeka.
Pick #38. BC Lions
Selection: Tyrone Pierre, REC, Laval Rouge et Or
BC adds a big-bodied target to a blossoming Canadian receiving corps.
Pick #39. Calgary Stampeders
Selection: Paul Kozachuk, DB/LB, Toronto Varsity Blues
Kozachuk can serve as a backup to Tunde Adeleke, whether he is playing safety or SAM linebacker.
Pick #40. Edmonton Eskimos
Selection: Arnaud Gendron-Dumouchel, OL, Montreal Carabines
A longer term project, Gendron-Dumouchel is another gigantic man who may be able to play tackle in the pros.
Pick #41. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Selection: Alex Taylor, RB, Western Mustangs
Taylor becomes another Winnipegger in the Bombers backfield and gets to learn from two of the best Canadian rushers in the league.
Pick #42. Calgary Stampeders
Selection: Mathieu Breton, OL/DL, Bishop’s Gaiters
Calgary has a history of converting D-lineman into O-lineman and Breton could be their next success story.
Pick #43. Toronto Argonauts
Selection: Royce Metchie, DB, Guelph Gryphons
An underrated DB who will provides depth in the Argos secondary.
Pick #44. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Selection: Atlee Simon, RB, Regina Rams
Will contribute as a depth receiver in the mold of Anthony Coombs.
Pick #45. Saskatchewan Roughriders
Selection: Jacob Firlotte, DB, Queen’s Golden Gaels
A big bodied safety needed for depth behind Mike Edem and Marc-Olivier Brouillette.
Pick #46. BC Lions
Selection: Will Watson, REC, UBC Thunderbirds
Will Watson is a high value target in this spot who can provide Canadian depth at receiver and will be a willing special teams contributor
Pick #47. BC Lions
Selection: Khadim Mbaye, LB, Ottawa GeeGees
Another versatile linebacker who will turn in to a special teams ace.
Pick #48. Edmonton Eskimos
Selection: Tristan Koronkiewicz, DE, Saskatchewan Huskies
An explosive athlete that will provide the much needed defensive line depth behind Kwaku Boateng this season.
Pick #49. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Selection: Eric Mezzalira, LB, McMaster Marauders
Another tackling machine to add depth and special teams ability.
Pick #50. Calgary Stampeders
Selection: Marco Dubois, REC, Laval Rouge et Or
The Stamps draft an instant special teams demon.
Pick #51. Montreal Alouettes
Selection: David Fortier, DB, Sherbrooke Vert et Or
Very underrated, Fortier will provide quality depth behind Dondre Wright and Chris Ackie.
Pick #52. Montreal Alouettes
Selection: Nolan McGreer, OL, Carleton Ravens
A bit of a project due to his weight, McGreer is another O-line addition for the Als with potential. Could end up playing tackle which gives him added value.
Pick #53. Edmonton Eskimos
Selection: Bryce Vieira, RB, Ottawa GeeGees
A different type of receiver and rusher, Brock Sunderland would be familiar with the undersized Vieira from his time in Ottawa.
Pick #54. BC Lions
Selection: Maxime Tessier, DT, Sherbrooke Vert et Or
An athletic defensive tackle to rotate with Junior Luke.
Pick #55. Ottawa Redblacks
Selection: Marcus Davis, REC, UBC Thunderbirds
A gamebreaker who will bring an entirely different dynamic to Ottawa’s offence.
Pick #56. Montreal Alouettes
Selection: Mitch O’Connor, REC, McMaster Marauders
The Alouettes finally add a receiver with some added special teams value.
Pick #57. Edmonton Eskimos
Selection: Michael Brouwers, DE, McMaster Marauders
A great special teams player who provides for depth behind Kwaku Boateng.
Pick #58. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Selection: Levi Hua, OL, UBC Thunderbirds
A talented undersized center, Hua adds more depth to the Bombers O-line.
Pick #59. Calgary Stampeders
Selection: Gabriel Ouellet, DB, Laval Rouge et Or
Another depth defensive back to reinforce a newly Canadian position group.
Pick #60. Toronto Argonauts
Selection: Sam MacMillan, OL, Toronto Varsity Blues
Underrated and a steal here, Toronto’s staff will be comfortable with MacMillan as a depth piece due to proximity.
Pick #61. Montreal Alouettes
Selection: Rashari Henry, DL, Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks
With the ability to play both inside and out, Henry will help the Alouettes play two Canadian D-linemen.
Pick #62. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Selection: Mitch Kernick, FB/REC, Waterloo Warriors
A blocker and receiver, Kernick could compete for a depth role at either fullback or slotback while contributing on special teams.
Pick #63. Saskatchewan Roughriders
Selection: Pete Berryman, REC, Auburn Tigers
A mysterious player from a big time school, Berryman has the body type Saskatchewan will love.
Pick #64. Ottawa Redblacks
Selection: Andrew Peirson, OL, Gannon Golden Knights
Peirson is an intriguing prospect whose versatility in college will serve him well in the pros.
Pick #65. Edmonton Eskimos
Selection: Richmond Nketiah, REC, Waterloo Warriors
A versatile receiver who doesn’t get enough credit, Nketiah adds another depth piece to the Edmonton receiving corps.
Pick #66. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Selection: Jacob Czaja, OL, St. Francis Xavier X-Men
A depth lineman that will compete at the guard spot.
Pick #67. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Selection: Guillaume Paquet, REC, Montreal Carabines
A late round addition to the Bombers receiving corps that could compete for a roster spot.
Pick #68. Calgary Stampeders
Selection: Joel Houle, FB, McGill Redmen
The retirement of Rob Cote lost Calgary its best offensive blocker. Houle fills that void with ease.
Pick #69. Toronto Argonauts
Selection: Christopher Amoah, RB, Laval Rouge et Or
One of the draft’s fastest players, Amoah deserves to be drafted on athletic traits alone.