Riders first round pick LB Cameron Judge appears destined for CFL

Saskatchewan’s second overall selection in the 2017 CFL draft, linebacker Cameron Judge attended Texans rookie mini-camp from May 12-14 and did not receive a contract offer from Houston.

That means negotiations between the Riders and Judge could begin shortly. Especially with 90 man rosters in the NFL full and teams focusing on cuts rather than bringing in new talent, it would seem like Judge might likely be more focused on playing in the CFL rather than holding out hope for a last-minute NFL contract.

Last year Saskatchewan’s first round – No. 1 overall – pick, offensive lineman Josiah St. John and the Roughriders went through a lengthy contract dispute that latest until late June. For the Riders’ sake, hopefully, a similar situation doesn’t play out again.

Judge was a late add to the 2017 CFL pick-fest, officially notified on April 18.

He played in 47 games for UCLA over his Bruins career recording 46 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, two passes defended, one forced fumble and one interception while being a special teams captain and ace.

At UCLA’s pro day the 22-year-old measured six-foot-one and weighed 220-pounds then performed well running a 4.50 40-yard time, 6.69 3-cone, 10-foot, one-inch broad jump, 36.5-inch vertical leap and 19 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Those testing numbers clearly indicate Judge oozes athleticism.

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