LFA selects 25 Canadian prospects in inaugural draft

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More than two dozen Canadian football players are heading south for the winter.

25 Canadian prospects — almost all of whom attended USports programs — were selected in Friday’s inaugural Liga de Fútbol Americano Profesional (LFA) draft.

The highest profile player selected was UBC product Alex Morrisson, a former fourth-round draft pick of the Montreal Alouettes.

Morrisson returned to the Thunderbirds for his fifth year of eligibility in 2017, making 42 receptions for 708 yards and 10 touchdowns. He missed the entire 2018 season due to injury and was briefly a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ practice roster in July.

Canadian players will be provided with room and board during their LFA stint and paid 350.00 USD per game (after taxes). They will also be provided with health plans that cover medical expenses.

The season in Mexico runs from January to May, so participants will be eligible to participate in CFL training camps once the LFA season concludes. CFL teams were asked to help compile a list of potential draft picks.

Saltillo Dinos

1) Ben Koczwara OL Waterloo
8) Bryce Vieira RB Ottawa
16) Jordan Ngantsi DB Bishop’s
21) Jimmie Cunningham DL St. Francis Xavier
25) David Steeves LB Trinity Bible College

Monterrey Fundidores

2) Jacob Czaja OL St. Francis Xavier
10) Elijah Watson OL Carleton
22) Brad Mikoluff K/P Manitoba

Querétaro Pioneros

3) Jeremy Fagnan DB St. Francis Xavier
11) Drew Morris LB Acadia

Naucalpan Raptors

4) Graham Kelly QB Mount Allison
12) Zeph Fraser WR Guelph
18) Brad Friesen LB UBC

Mexico City Condors

5) Nick Parisotto DB Guelph
13) Dallas Boath WR Calgary
19) Brendon Thera-Plamondon WR Calgary
23) Shaun Robinson DE/LB Mount Allison

Mexico City Mexicas

6) Alex Morrison WR UBC
14) Lautaro Frecha DB Waterloo
20) Archelaus Jack WR Saint Mary’s
24) Dylan Schrot WR Manitoba

Toluca Osos

7) Ian Marouf DL Guelph
15) Mandella Loggale DB Saint Mary’s

Puebla City Artilleros

9) Zacary Alexis DB Montreal
17) Elroy Douglas DB Missouri Western St.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.