Nine players selected in first ever CFL European draft

The Canadian Football League held a European draft Thursday afternoon.

The next step in the league’s determined effort to add international players to rosters as soon as the 2019 season as part of their CFL 2.0 strategy.

The first overall pick went to Hamilton as determined by lottery which was held on Thursday, April 4. Only prospects who attended the CFL combine in March were eligible to be selected.

Selection Team Name Position Country
1 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Valentin Gnahoua DL Le Mans, France
2 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Thiadric Hansen LB Flensburg, Germany
3 Montreal Alouettes Asnnel Robo RB Cayenne, France
4 Edmonton Eskimos Maxime Rouyer LB Troyes, France
5 Toronto Argonauts Marc Anthony Hor DL Mannheim, Germany
6 Saskatchewan Roughriders Max Zimmermann REC Berlin, Germany
7 BC Lions Benjamin Plu REC Le Mans, France
8 Ottawa REDBLACKS Jordan Bouah REC Rome, Italy
9 Calgary Stampeders Roni Salonen LB Vantaa, Finland

Country Breakdown:

4 – France
3 – Germany
1 – Italy and Finland

Positional Breakdown:

3 – Receivers and Linebackers
2 – Defensive Linemen
1 – Running Back

As part of the 2.0 initiative, 18 global players were invited to the combine for evaluation by talent evaluators from around the league. CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie wants two roster spots designated for “global players”, as part of the new collective bargaining agreement.

Ambrosie spent parts of the off-season flying to various international cities – Mexico, Italy, Austria, Germany, France, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway – to sign partnership agreements with international football organizations.

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