Lions trade for first overall pick in CFL draft, select athletic linebacker Jordan Williams

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After completing a trade for the first overall pick moments before the 2020 CFL Draft, the B.C. Lions selected East Carolina University linebacker Jordan Williams.

“It’s an honour for me to not only go number one, but to be selected by such a great organization,” Williams said from his home in Kentucky.

“The chance to play with such a talented group of linebackers will further help my transition to the pros.”

Williams enjoyed a remarkable four-year college career at East Carolina, suiting up in 45 games and racking up 252 total tackles (123 solo, 129 assisted), four pass knockdowns, three sacks, a pair of forced fumbles plus one fumble recovery.

After attending a free agent camp with the Ottawa RedBlacks in 2019, Williams elected to enter the 2020 Draft as a National. Jordan is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina and is eligible to play as a National due to his Canadian mother.