Canadian OL Tyler Johnstone selected by Alouettes in supplemental draft

Canadian offensive lineman Tyler Johnstone has been chosen by the Montreal Alouettes in the CFL supplemental draft on Monday.

Five teams bid first round picks with the Alouettes sacrificing their 2019 selection to secure Johnstone.

“He’s the best, most experienced Canadian prospect with tackle position-specific skills to come about in a long time,” one personnel man said after seeing Johnstone work out live for teams in Toronto in June.

Johnstone played for the University of Oregon starting at left tackle for 39 games, including all 13 in his senior season when he was named a first-team All-Pac 12 selection and named a second-team All-American in 2015.

The 25-year-old went unselected in the 2016 NFL draft, but he was signed by the Los Angeles Chargers and spent that season on the injured reserve. The Chargers released Johnstone in April 2017.

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31 Comments on Canadian OL Tyler Johnstone selected by Alouettes in supplemental draft

  1. Enrico Arcuri // July 2, 2018 at 5:02 pm //

    Is it possible to find out what teams bid a 1st round draft choice on Tyler Johnstone ?

  2. This guy has injury problems.

  3. Which teams bid on him

  4. Glad to see him re-join former Oregon QB Vernon Adams Jr. in Montreal. Best of luck. prove all the doubters wrong big guy!

    • Enrico Arcuri // July 2, 2018 at 6:12 pm //

      DualCitizen, do you know how ridiculous your post sounds … “big guy” … perhaps your intent was to sound half-retarded.

      • What’s wrong with what that poster wrote?

        Based on your response, I’d say your intent to do the same was fulfilled.

        • Enrico Arcuri // July 2, 2018 at 7:44 pm //

          Hey yo, MSG … why you tripping ?!? My mentor is Angelo Bruno.

          • Why? Because your reply to DualCitizen was out of line.

            That Ang Bruno is your mentor may explain. But it doesn’t excuse.

          • Enrico Arcuri // July 2, 2018 at 8:21 pm //

            Perhaps the MSG supports the righteous and extreme political correctness of the goofy #WeToo movement … yessss … run !

          • Lame, Enrico. If that’s all you’ve got, Bruno must be shaking his head in disappointment at you. Which is something, considering where that’s coming from.

      • I guess I must have offended you in some way??? Not sure why you would find well wishes for a oft-injured athlete as being offensive?? I wish you well also!

      • Compared to you and most Canadians, any and all CFL players are big guys, so who’s the stupid one? He was only really wishing him good luck, and wasn’t really attacking anyone.

        • DualCitizen had no bad intentions, and Enrico is just being a troll like his other comments. First of all the Cats haven’t even signed Chapman, and why trade him for Johstone, when either one haven’t really had a feel at the cfl yet, and second with Williams, a proven weapon, and a high salary, it would be even costlier for the Cats, and unnecisary when they already have a good offensive with Jones, Banks, Saunders, Toliver, and a decent Oline. He has no sources, and is stirring up things, which basically makes him a troll.

  5. rogieshan // July 2, 2018 at 5:43 pm //

    Highly rated, but still a huge gamble for the Als to give up a potential 1st-overall pick in 2019.

    • This is Kavis Reed, who has mad many mistakes, however this guy deserves a shot. Decent Oline, just injury issues. Either way, it’s not really a loss, because sometimes, first round picks don’t mean anything, even in the NFL. Many first rounders, haven’t had the most ideal careers, and even then first rounders doesn’t guarantee a good football player or a starting positions. Both are bids by GMs. You can be successful with guys like Lauzon-Seguin, Evan Johnson, Chris Ackie, Prruneay, Mateas Singleton, and many more but, or crap the bed with guys like Josiah St.John or Ekakitie, with both turnouts no the best, haven’t really had much playinng time or done anything, and in Saskatchewan’s case liability costing more money than results

  6. Jim Bob // July 2, 2018 at 5:51 pm //

    The way the regular CFL draft is a crap shoot overall with guys not signing or getting cut after 1 year the Als have little to lose and a lot to gain with this guy. Just another national hopefully who will be a great play for the Als in 2018 and beyond.

    • Anythig that helps to patch this oline is a godsend. When can he start?

    • I agree, the CFL draft isn’t that successful, and is more of a gamble on GMs. No guarantee they will sign, and even then, any results will happen when they sign. Even with guys like Chapman, who think they are better or can do better, there is no guarantee, that he thinks he is highly rated, and will be an immediate starter, or even do something on offence. Not all player will end up like Boateng, Loftler, Pruneau or Singleton.

  7. Enrico Arcuri // July 2, 2018 at 6:10 pm //

    My sources tell me that the TiCats are looking to trade Mark Chapman to Montreal for Tyler Johnstone and Chris Williams.

    • so they cant afford Chapman but somehow we have enough for Williams and Johnston dont think we have the cap for that type of trade does your sources say how they will pay for it ?

      • After the bitter experience Hamilton had with Williams a few years ago, I doubt that they would ever want him back.

        • New regime, new offensive philosophy… the team would probably welcome him now (fans too; we welcomed O’Shea back, after all 😀 )

          Doubt this particular trade idea has any merit though.

    • dangnabbit // July 2, 2018 at 6:36 pm //

      I doubt Williams would play for Hamilton. He left on extremely bad terms a few years ago.

    • wewert3 // July 2, 2018 at 7:32 pm //

      That trade makes no sense from a Montreal perspective. If you’re gonna make crap up, why not say Mark Chapman and Johnny Manziel for Tyler Johnstone instead?

    • Toss in Johnny Clipboard and you have a deal.

    • LMAO, good luck with that. Tillman should have done his homework and Mitchell should have played ball with Williams.

    • Ridiculous. Chris Williams is the first true deep threat the Alouettes have had in a long time. The way he undressed Duron Carter was a thing of beauty. Then again, this is Kavis Reed we’re talking about. So anything’s possible.

  8. I would imagine that the Riders are pissed about missing out on this guy, but fear not after they finish dead last this season they would get 1st choice in the supplemental draft next year!

  9. patlynch // July 4, 2018 at 7:00 am //

    Johnstone is a project who hasn’t really played since 2015 and he’ll be 26 years old in September . He has a history of injuries that should be a concern. Apparently the TiCats, according to @bleedgreen, didn’t bid a #1 for him . Why would they trade for him or Chris Williams, who has a similar injury history ? With Philip Blake on the limp, the Als could use some help at left tackle. I hope he makes the Als a better team, as long as they don’t beat my TiCats.

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