Round 1 summary: Calgary, British Columbia, full exchange; Williams goes first


TORONTO – The CFL 2020 draft started with some excitement as an exchange took place before the first choice had even taken place.

Calgary, who had the first overall pick, decided to trade the picks with the British Columbia Lions. GM and President John Hufnagel traded the first and 15th picks in total to the British Columbia Lions in exchange for their third pick and their 12th pick in total.

With first choice overall, British Columbia Lions have selected linebacker Jordan Williams, who is the first regional combined participant to be ranked first in the general ranking and the first linebacker to rank # 1 since Winnipeg took Henoc Muamba in 2011.

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Williams had an excellent presentation of the Ontario regional combined in March, posting the best 40-yard (4.48 seconds) dash of the day and showing a vertical of 39 inches while going for 20 reps on the bench press and recording a 10 foot, 8.5 inch wide jump. This helped his draft fundamentally enormously, as Marshall Ferguson of had Williams first overall in his second mock draft.

Then Mississauga-born Dejon Brissett was chosen by his local team, the Toronto Argonauts, second overall. The addition of Brissett adds another Canadian to the Argos receptor group, joining Juwan Brescacin and Natey Adjei, also from the Toronto area. Brissett is the seventh receiver the Argos have drafted in the first round, joining Brian Jones, J.F. Tremblay, Matt Duboc, Jock Climie, Paul Fedor and Ted Smale.

Calgary went with a defensive lineman with the third choice in total, selecting Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund from Southeast Lousiana.

Edmonton won the first offensive lineman in the 2020 draft, selecting Tomas Jack-Kurdyla of Buffalo. Hamilton followed suit, choosing line judge Coulter Woodmansey of Guelph with their fifth overall selection. Woodmansey has become Guelph’s best player since Rob Maver finished 5th overall in 2010. Prior to that, Mike O’Shea, who finished fourth overall in 1993.

Adam Auclair, who was selected sixth overall by Ottawa, became the 11th Laval player to be drafted in the first round since 2005. Auclair’s selection is the highest for a defensive back since Chris Ackie came fourth in the general classification in 2015.


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