Offensive lineman Tyler Johnstone has been granted dual Canadian-U.S. citizenship and will soon be eligible for the CFL supplemental draft.
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.
The 25-year-old attended the 2016 NFL Combine where he checked in at six-foot-five, 301 pounds benched 225 pounds for 24 reps, ran a 5.21-second 40-yard dash, 4.60-second shuttle, 7.31-second three-cone, recorded a 30.5-inch vertical, eight foot, six-inch broad jump.
Johnstone 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.
Supplemental drafts are held when players miss the deadline for entry into the main CFL draft and there was a number of them last year. Each CFL team has the option to “bid” on the player by forfeiting a selection in the 2019 CFL Draft and the process continues based on waiver priority – the reverse order of the 2018 draft – until the highest choice is identified. The team who puts up that pick (or possesses the top waiver priority) gets the player.
As for Johnstone and his pro three-down prospects, he has the ability to be a ratio-breaking offensive tackle in the CFL.
“He’s going to be a first-round pick,” one CFL scout said about Johnstone.