2019 CFL Mock Draft

Its finally time for my annual eight round CFL mock draft. I asked and you answered, so this will be a predictive mock draft. That means I will be attempting to predict each team’s pick and the selections will not necessarily adhere to my own evaluation of the prospects. For a bit of added fun, I’ve included my own round grade of the prospect with each pick. Please note, the amount of players with any given round grade does not necessarily correlate with the amount of picks in the round. Enjoy!

 

2019 CFL Mock Draft

 

Round One

zach wilkinson

Pick #1. Toronto Argonauts
Selection: Zach Wilkinson, OL, Northern Colorado Bears
My Grade: 1st Round (#5 overall)
Logic: The Argos have the best Canadian tackle in the game in Chris Van Zeyl and Jim Popp is one of the few CFL GMs who still covets the All-Canadian offensive line. Wilkinson is my third best lineman in this class, but he is a natural tackle and will be an instant upgrade at backup, as well as a potential starter.

Pick #2. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Selection: Drew Desjarlais, OL, Windsor Lancers
My Grade: 1st Round (#3 overall)
Logic: The Ti-Cats have one of the league’s best young OL interiors with Revenberg, Filer and Ciraco but their backup depth is questionable by my estimation. Desjarlais is considered by many to be this draft’s best lineman, immediately improving depth and fulfilling the 6th lineman role that is integral to June Jones’ offence.

Pick #3. Edmonton Eskimos
Selection: Justin McInnis, REC, Arkansas State
My Grade: 1st Round (#7 overall)
Logic: The Eskimos may need to start two Canadians in the receiving corps, but their lineup leaves much to be desired. Tevaun Smith is an exciting yet unproven prospect, but Anthony Parker is past his prime and Natey Adjei is better as a depth piece. McInnis and his massive frame would be an instant upgrade.

Pick #4. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Selection: Jesse Gibbon, OL, Waterloo Warriors
My Grade: 1st Round (#2 overall)
Logic: The loss of Mathias Goosen and Sukh Chung have decimated what was once the deepest OL in the CFL. The Bombers will be comfortable with Geoff Gray, Michael Couture and Paddy Neufeld holding starting roles but have mainly projects behind them. Gibbon’s is my favourite player and top lineman in this draft, the Bomber’s will be overjoyed to select him here.

Pick #5. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Selection: Mathieu Betts, DE, Laval Rouge et Or
My Grade: 1st Round (#1 overall/ NFL UDFA)
Logic: It has been reported that the Bombers were shopping their first round picks due to salary cap concerns over paying two top picks. Betts is the solution as he is the best player in the draft and his NFL contract means the Bombers won’t have to pay him right away, if at all. The Bombers have taken some high future’s picks in recent years and Betts is well worth another.

Pick #6. Saskatchewan Roughriders
Selection: Chris Osei-Kusi, REC, Queen’s Golden Gaels
My Grade: 3rd Round (#20 overall)
Logic: This is a tone setting draft for the post-Chris Jones Roughriders and they are in desperate need of Canadian receivers. While this would be a bit of a reach for my liking, Osei-Kusi has the best combination of speed and strength of any receiver, giving him instant special teams’ upside that will impact from day one.

Pick #7. Ottawa Redblacks
Selection: Brady Oliveira, RB, North Dakota Fighting Hawks
My Grade: 1st Round (#4 overall)
Logic: Yes, the Redblacks always draft offensive line in round one but that strategy has resulted in them being two deep at every position. With 4 linemen, Sinopoli and Pruneau guaranteed to start, most would assume that Feoli-Gudino would be the 7th National starter, but with virtually no top end American receivers left on the roster it doesn’t make a ton of sense to take a dynamic player off the field for a blocking receiver. Mossis Madu is their projected starting running back at age 31 and they have signed only one American for competition. It makes sense to draft a starting calibre Canadian back, especially one who’s style reminds me of William Powell, with proven National backups like Brendan Gillanders and Greg Morris already in the fold.

Pick #8. Calgary Stampeders
Selection: Shane Richards, OL, Oklahoma State Cowboys
My Grade: 2nd Round (#15 overall)
Logic: Richards is a heavy offensive lineman who hails from Calgary and can play any position along the offensive line. To me, he seems like the natural replacement to departed Stamps utility lineman Spencer Wilson, who also possessed surprising athletic traits despite being the league’s heaviest lineman.

 

Round Two

robbie smith

Pick #9. Toronto Argonauts
Selection: Hergy Mayala, REC, UConn Huskies
My Grade: 2nd Round (#11 overall)
Logic: Anthony Coombs is one of the league’s best National receivers when healthy, but that has so rarely been the case. Mayala gives the Argos a polished player in the slot who can start in year one if need be.

Pick #10. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Selection: Alex Fontana, OL, Kansas Jayhawks
My Grade: 1st Round (#6 overall)
Logic: The rich simply get richer here. Fontana is too athletic and high quality a lineman to let pass here, upgrading depth and becoming the heir apparent to Filer at center.

Pick #11. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Selection: Kaion Julien-Grant, REC, St. Francis Xavier X-Men
My Grade: 1st Round (#10 overall)
Logic: Julien-Grant has the size and speed to be the perfect compliment and backup to Mike Jones on the outside, and just might surpass him by dropping fewer balls.

Pick #12. Edmonton Eskimos
Selection: Jamie Harry, DB, Ottawa GeeGees
My Grade: 2nd Round (#13 overall)
Logic: Harry is a long, physical corner not unlike Arjen Colquhoun or Godfrey Onyeka who they have already, but Edmonton drafts him here because they see upside for him at safety, where Jordan Hoover and Jordan Beaulieu are currently battling to be the new unproven starter.

Pick #13. Montreal Alouettes
Selection: Robbie Smith, DE, Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks
My Grade: 2nd Round (#17 overall)
Logic: Montreal may end up starting 2018 draft pick Bo Banner at end this year, as they did at points last year, but they can’t be comfortable with Jean-Samuel Blanc as his only backup. Smith is a freak athlete who can rush the passer like few others and will be an instant contributor for Montreal.

Pick #14. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Selection: Jamel Lyles, RB, Manitoba Bisons
My Grade: 2nd Round (#16 overall)
Logic: A local kid who can run, catch and has return upside. The Bombers finally get the understudy and heir for Andrew Harris, with a couple of years to develop him.

Pick #15. Saskatchewan Roughriders
Selection: Connor Griffiths, DT, UBC Thunderbirds
My Grade: 2nd Round (#12 overall)
Logic: Zach Evans has mainly been backed up by Chris Jones pet projects during his short time in Regina. That would change with the addition of the physical presence of Griffiths, an instant rotational contributor.

Pick #16. Montreal Alouettes
Selection: Maleek Irons, RB, Ohio Bobcats
My Grade: 3rd Round
Logic: The Alouettes’ backfield tandem of Jeremiah Johnson and William Stanback is built for north-south running. Adding Maleek Irons as a National option with a bit more speed but just as much physicality just makes sense.

Pick #17. Calgary Stampeders
Selection: Michael Sanelli, DT, Concordia Stingers
My Grade: 3rd Round
Logic: Sanelli gives Calgary another athletic Canadian interior pass rusher to rotate with Junior Turner, Ese Mrabure and Derek Wiggan.

Pick #18 (Territorial Exemption). Toronto Argonauts
Selection: Nikola Kalinic, FB, York Lions
My Grade: 3rd Round
Logic: A local kid with tremendous upside as a blocker, special teamer and receiver, Kalinic will get lots of opportunities in Toronto’s offence and form the best fullback receiving tandem in the league with Declan Cross.

Pick #19 (Territorial Exemption). Montreal Alouettes
Selection: Maurice Simba, OL, Concordia Stingers
My Grade: 8th Round
Logic: Simba moves like he has a piano tied to his butt, but teams on both sides of the border have been enamoured by his size. Having his former head coach in the room make Montreal my favourite to draft him higher than they should.

 

Round Three

david ungerer

Pick #20. Toronto Argonauts
Selection: Matt Boateng, DB, Fresno State Bulldogs
My Grade: 3rd Round
Logic: Boateng has speed to burn and a NCAA pedigree which should attract Jim Popp, especially noe that the Argos need DB depth to replace retired Matt Black.

Pick #21. Montreal Alouettes
Selection: Kurleigh Gittens Jr., REC, Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks
My Grade: 3rd Round
Logic: The Alouettes have a terrible record at drafting receivers in recent years, which is exactly why they’ll be attracted to Gittens Jr. His incredible collegiate production will seem like a sure-fire translation to the next level.

Pick #22. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Selection: Jacob Janke, DB, York Lions
My Grade: 2nd Round (#19 overall)
Logic: The Ti-Cats have the rare opportunity to start a Canadian at SAM with both Tunde Adeleke and Jackson Bennett on the roster. Janke gives them yet another player who is a natural fit for that position.

Pick #23. Toronto Argonauts
Selection: Fraser Sopik, LB, Western Mustangs
My Grade: 3rd Round
Logic: Whether they use him at safety or linebacker, Sopik will be a character addition and key special teamer for Toronto for years to come.

Pick #24. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Selection: Jonathan Kongbo, DE, Tennessee Volunteers
My Grade: 2nd Round (#14 overall)
Logic: Kongbo is a tweener defensive end who will fit perfectly into Hamilton’s defensive scheme and add to an already wildly talented Canadian contingent on the defensive line. He falls in their lap because of a bad college injury

Pick #25. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Selection: David Ungerer, REC, Idaho Vandals
My Grade: 3rd Round
Logic: Ungerer is a dynamic playmaker of small stature, reminding me of a cross between current Bomber Nic Demski and former Bomber Weston Dressler. Paul Lapolice will be drooling over how to use this kid.

Pick #26. BC Lions
Selection: Samuel Thomassin, OL, Laval Rouge et Or
My Grade: 7th Round
Logic: Ed Hervey likes nothing more than tall lineman, even when they have questionable movement skills and compete levels. Thomassin seems like a match here, even though I value him much less highly than the league consensus.

Pick #27. Ottawa Redblacks
Selection: Michael O’Connor, QB, UBC Thunderbirds
My Grade: 3rd Round
Logic: No team has a less ideal quarterbacking situation than Ottawa, and yes that includes Montreal. O’Connor has starter potential and it would be a hell of a story to have the next great Canadian quarterback playing in the same city as the last one.

Pick #28. Calgary Stampeders
Selection: Brayden Lenius-Dickey, REC, New Mexico Lobos
My Grade: 6th Round
Logic: The Stamps need an uprade in receiving depth with the departure of Lemar Durant and will fall for Lenius-Dickey’s massive frame and athleticism like everyone else. It will be enough to make them forget his black-hole of a college career.

 

Round Four

vincent desjardins

Pick #29. Toronto Argonauts
Selection: Nate Anderson, DE, Missouri Tigers
My Grade: 3rd Round
Logic: An inside, outside presence with SEC production, Anderson could be an intriguing addition to Toronto’s defensive line rotation, spelling out pure interior guys like Cleyon Laing and Jeff Finley.

Pick #30. Montreal Alouettes
Selection: Vincent Desjardins, DT, Laval Rouge et Or
My Grade: 3rd Round
Logic: A high motor local product who has potential inside and out, Desjardins will be a nice athletic backup alongside Fabion Foote.

Pick #31. Calgary Stampeders
Selection: Malcolm Lee, DB, UBC Thunderbirds
My Grade: 2nd Round (#18 overall/ PED questions)
Logic: A long, athletic cover man that the Stampeders will be willing to wait for if his PED suspension stands up, comfortable with their current DB depth at the moment but always searching for athletic upgrades.

Pick #32. Edmonton Eskimos
Selection: Kyle Saxelid, OL, UNLV Rebels
My Grade: 5th Round
Logic: No pressing offensive line needs means that the Eskimos can take a projection here and hope their crop of overly tall offensive lineman can teach the young Saxelid how to bend at his height.

Pick #33. BC Lions
Selection: Noah Robinson, LB, Missouri Tigers
My Grade: 4th Round
Logic: The Lions will be starting Jordan Herdman-Reed at MLB this season, a player who has overcome his terrible athleticism with great game sense. Those same traits are present in Robinson and he will be a quality backup.

Pick #34. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Selection: Jaylan Guthrie, OL, Guelph Gryphons
My Grade: 4th Round
Logic: The Bombers love to draft long developmental linemen with tackle upside. Guthrie fits the mould and will compete for a backup role right away.

Pick #35. Saskatchewan Roughriders
Selection: Shamar Busby, DB, Southeastern Louisiana
My Grade: 4th Round
Logic: Busby is a versatile defensive back who can provide depth behind Mike Edem and Eli Bouka at safety, as well as coverage upside in a pinch.

Pick #36. Ottawa Redblacks
Selection: Malik Richards, REC, Mount Allison Mounties
My Grade: 3rd Round
Logic: A physical receiver with special teams’ upside, Richards fits what Ottawa has been building in the receiving corps and falls in their lap due to AUS bias.

Pick #37. Calgary Stampeders
Selection: Hunter Karl, REC, Calgary Dinos
My Grade: 3rd Round
Logic: Another injection of receiving depth comes in the form of a local product that the Stampeders should be very familiar with.

 

Round Five

lautaro frecha

Pick #38. Toronto Argonauts
Selection: Stavros Katsantonis, DB, UBC Thunderbirds
My Grade: 1st Round (#9 overall/ PED questions)
Logic: The PED uncertainty will hurt Katsantonis more than his teammate Lee due to his smaller size, but Toronto will be more than willing to wait for a player who could be the heir apparent to Jermaine Gabriel.

Pick #39. Montreal Alouettes
Selection: Wesley Lewis, REC, Houston Baptist Huskies
My Grade: 3rd Round
Logic: Montreal has a lot of big bodied receivers on their roster and few are bigger than Lewis who could compete for time on the outside.

Pick #40. Edmonton Eskimos
Selection: Zack Williams, OL, Manitoba Bisons
My Grade: 5th Round
Logic: Williams is a raw prospect that the Eskimos will see as a great future piece that falls in their lap here.

Pick #41. Edmonton Eskimos
Selection: Evan Machibroda, DT, Saskatchewan Huskies
My Grade: 4th Round
Logic: Machibroda will be going back to school but Edmonton will wait to the legitimate rotational inside presence to spell off Boateng when they want an American on the edge.

Pick #42. BC Lions
Selection: Hakeem Johnson, DB, Western Mustangs
My Grade: UDFA
Logic: Teams fell in love with Johnson through the Combine process, I’m not as big a fan but the Lions will add much needed DB depth here.

Pick #43. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Selection: Lautaro Frecha, DB, Waterloo Warriors
My Grade: 4th Round
Logic: The Bombers may have lost Taylor Loffler but Lautaro Frecha is a sneaky good addition that could develop into a similar role.

Pick #44. Saskatchewan Roughriders
Selection: Colin Jerome, OL, Guelph Gryphons
My Grade: 4th Round
Logic: Jerome has great athletic upside at center and could develop into a suitable replacement for Dan Clark, with the same blue collar blocking attitude.

Pick #45. Ottawa Redblacks
Selection: Daniel Omara, OL, Carleton Ravens
My Grade: 5th Round
Logic: Ottawa finally takes their lineman and will love the developmental potential of the local tackle product Omara.

Pick #46. Calgary Stampeders
Selection: Jonathan Harke, OL, Alberta Golden Bears
My Grade: 3rd Round
Logic: The Stampeders take the strongest lineman in the draft as a future piece at center when they eventually shift away from an International at that position.

 

Round Six

nick hallett

Pick #47. Toronto Argonauts
Selection: Eric Starczala, OL, Guelph Gryphons
My Grade: 6th Round
Logic: Starczala is a physical player who will bring some much needed competition to the Argos’ offensive line depth.

Pick #48. Montreal Alouettes
Selection: Jay Dearborn, DB, Carleton Ravens
My Grade: 5th Round
Logic: Kavis Reed loves a good physical freak and Dearborn is as freakish as they come.

Pick #49. BC Lions
Selection: Nick Hallett, DB, Toronto Varsity Blues
My Grade: 4th Round
Logic: Another depth defensive back who has every tool you want in a National player.

Pick #50. Edmonton Eskimos
Selection: Mario Villamizar, FB, Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks
My Grade: 5th Round
Logic: Edmonton has an aging and injury prone group of fullbacks, Tanner Green excluded. Villamizar is a great pick for the future of that position.

Pick #51. BC Lions
Selection: Shai Ross, REC, Manitoba Bisons
My Grade: 4th Round
Logic: Ross provides some nice receiver depth along with some very sticky hands, similar to last year’s draft pick Will Watson.

Pick #52. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Selection: Louis-Mathieu Normandin, REC, Montreal Carabins
My Grade: UDFA
Logic: The Bombers will be looking to add more receiver depth but may want some bigger bodied options to offset the pick of 5’9 Ungerer. Normandin is a under the radar name that will match what they will be looking for

Pick #53. Saskatchewan Roughriders
Selection: Colton Hunchak, REC, York Lions
My Grade: 4th Round
Logic: More much needed receiver depth in the form of a possession slot who reminds me of former Rider Rob Bagg.

Pick #54. Ottawa Redblacks
Selection: Derek Dufault, DE, Manitoba Bisons
My Grade: 5th Round
Logic: Dufault will be a special teams’ demon as a defensive end, much like former Redblack Nigel Romick.

Pick #55. Calgary Stampeders
Selection: Kerfalla Emmanuel-Exume, DB, Montreal Carabins
My Grade: UDFA
Logic: A piece of DB depth that Calgary won’t have to wait for, Emmanuel-Exume impressed teams more during the Combine’s than he did me on tape.

 

Round 7

charles nwoye

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Pick #56. Toronto Argonauts
Selection: Damian Halstead, LB, Mount Allison Mounties
My Grade: 7th Round
Logic: Halstead is an explosive athlete who will be a absolute demon on special teams.

Pick #57. Montreal Alouettes
Selection: Vincent Roy, OL, Sherbrooke Vert et Or
My Grade: 7th Round
Logic: A Quebecois depth piece along the offensive line that will help the Alouettes get younger on the front.

Pick #58. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Selection: Kalem Beaver, REC, Ottawa GeeGees
My Grade: 7th Round
Logic: A small but explosive speedster who will be a nice complement to 2018 draft pick Marcus Davis.

Pick #59. Edmonton Eskimos
Selection: Charles Nwoye, DE, Langley Rams
My Grade: 6th Round
Logic: Nwoye is the perfect explosive defensive end prospect to back up Kwaku Boateng, with similar length and athleticism.

Pick #60. BC Lions
Selection: Joe Spaziani, LS, Virginia Cavaliers
My Grade: 8th Round
Logic: The release of Mike Benson means Tanner Doll is the starting long snapper in Vancouver. Spaziani is a high-quality prospect that can compete for that job.

Pick #61. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Selection: Sheriden Lawley, DT, UBC Thunderbirds
My Grade: 5th Round
Logic: Lawley would be a great interior backup that can fill a similar role as Jake Thomas.

Pick #62. Toronto Argonauts
Selection: Zeph Fraser, REC, Guelph Gryphons
My Grade: 6th Round
Logic: A great depth piece to compete in the receiver’s room.

Pick #63. Ottawa Redblacks
Selection: Tariq Lachance, DE, Manitoba Bisons
My Grade: 8th Round
Logic: Another defensive end who will be a special teams’ ace and could even contribute at linebacker.

Pick #64. Calgary Stampeders
Selection: Thomas Grant, DT, Acadia Axemen
My Grade: 5th Round
Logic: Grant looks like the prototype for a defensive tackle to offensive line conversion, something Calgary loves to do.

 

Round Eight

theo landers

Pick #65. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Selection: Ejaz Causer, DB, Queen’s Golden Gaels
My Grade: 8th Round
Logic: Causer is an under-rated prospect who will add some nice competition at safety.

Pick #66. Montreal Alouettes
Selection: Philippe Dion, LB, Western Mustangs
My Grade: 6th Round
Logic: Montreal could start two Nationals at linebacker and Dion will add depth alongside former teammate Jean Gabriel Poulin.

Pick #67. Hamilton Tiger- Cats
Selection: Asotui Eli, OL, Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
My Grade: 1st Round (#8 overall/ Questions Galore)
Logic: I’ve chosen to evaluate Eli in the same manner as every other prospect, even though he may not have any interest in playing again. However, if anyone has the connections to convince a first round calibre Hawaiian to come to the CFL, it would be Hamilton OC June Jones.

Pick #68. Edmonton Eskimos
Selection: Jesse Walker, REC, Manitoba Bisons
My Grade: UDFA
Logic: More receiving depth with a nice frame and athletic upside.

Pick #69. BC Lions
Selection: Kaeden Walls, REC, Windsor Lancers
My Grade: 8th Round
Logic: Another undersized receiver with upside to compete for a depth spot.

Pick #70. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Selection: Job Reinhart, LB, Guelph Gryphons
My Grade: 6th Round
Logic: Who likes productive USports linebackers who will likely convert to fullback more than Mike O’Shea? No one.

Pick #71. Saskatchewan Roughriders
Selection: Bryce Bartlett, DB, Tusculum Pioneers
My Grade: UDFA
Logic: With his brother already on the roster, the Riders may be comfortable taking a shot at the undersized small school standout.

Pick #72. Ottawa Redblacks
Selection: Reid McMorris, OL, Manitoba Bisons
My Grade: 7th Round
Logic: McMorris is a nice developmental prospect who is simply too good to pass up at this point in the draft.

Pick #73. Calgary Stampeders
Selection: Theo Landers, QB/ATH, Guelph Gryphons
My Grade: 7th Round
Logic: Once upon a time, the Stampeders drafted an athletic OUA QB and he became the CFL’s best National receiver. They will try to repeat history here but keep the player this time.

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