Alouettes select five players from Montreal universities in 2020 CFL draft

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The Alouettes added plenty of local talent in the 2020 CFL draft, Montreal selected five players from the RSEQ (Quebec Conference.)

With their first pick, the Als selected defensive back Marc-Antoine Dequoy from the University of Montreal in the second round, 14th overall. The only reason Dequoy was available is due to him signing an undrafted free agent NFL contract with the Green Bay Packers.

The six-foot-three, 190-pound Dequoy played four seasons for the Carabins helping the team reach the Vanier Cup last fall. In 2019, the 25-year-old made 34 solo tackles and seven assisted tackles while making three interceptions, including one for a touchdown, which earned him an All-Canadian selection. He registered an impressive time of 4.35 seconds on the 40-yard dash during his pro day in March.

“We are extremely happy to have selected Marc-Antoine with our first pick. Obviously he is a player I knew well with the Carabins and there is no doubt in my mind that he will have  success at the professional level.” Alouettes General Manager Danny Maciocia said in a statement.

With their second pick of the second round, 16th overall, Montreal selected Queen’s University defensive tackle Cameron Lawson, who was voted the OUA lineman of the year in 2019, on top of being a second team All-Canadian.

In the third round, with the 22nd pick, the Alouettes picked offensive lineman Carter O’Donnell from the University of Alberta Pandas, who was selected a first team All-Canadian in U Sports last fall. O’Donnell inked a UDFA pact with the Indianapolis Colts and it caused him to drop down the CFL board.

With the 25th pick, the Alouettes drafted defensive lineman Benoit Marion, also from the Carabins. He registered six sacks last season, the second highest total in his conference. He was then joined by his teammate, linebacker Brian Harelimana, the Alouettes fourth round pick, 33rd overall.

In the sixth round, the team selected offensive lineman Andrew Becker from the University of Regina Rams 49th overall, as well as linebacker Jersey Henry from Concordia University with the 51st selection. The Alouettes then picked another Stinger making receiver Vincent Alessandrini the 60th overall player selected.

The Alouettes concluded the draft by selecting offensive lineman Brock Gowanlock from the University of Manitoba 66th overall and running back Colton Klassen from the University of Saskatchewan Huskies 69th overall, both in the eighth round.