Ticats bringing No. 1 pick Mark Chapman to visit Hamilton

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are hosting receiver Mark Chapman, 2018 CFL Draft first overall pick when the team plays the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Friday night in the Hammer.

The Ticats want Chapman, the Port Huron, Michigan native, to see the game atmosphere at Tim Hortons Field.

After being selected in May, Chapman and the Tabbies have been stuck in a contract stalemate which has dragged nearly two months. Hamilton and the Central Michigan star were “light years” apart in late May and it’s been quiet ever since. One day prior to the CFL talent grab, the Ticats traded for the top pick with the intent of selecting Chapman.

He starred for Central Michigan University, leading the Chippewas with 59 receptions and 875 yards while reaching the end zone five times in 13 games during his senior year in 2017. The six-foot, 180-pound pass catcher made 147 receptions for 2,035 yards and 10 touchdowns over four seasons with the Chippewa’s. Chapman worked out for all 32 NFL teams at Central Michigan’s pro day, attended the CFL combine and New York Giants rookie mini-camp.

Shamawd Chambers suffered a torn ACL in the pre-season and since then the Ticats started two Canadian receivers in Week 1 – Mike Jones and Felix Faubert-Lussier – and went down one (Jones) in Week 2 – Jones has five receptions for 120 yards. Chapman is a pro-ready player who could make an impact in the league and on the Ticats receiving corps quickly.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.