Redblacks snatch versatile Laval defender Adam Auclair with first of eight picks in 2020 CFL draft

Photo courtesy: Laval Athletics

It was a historic draft day as CFL teams around the league had to pivot their usual scouting and draft process due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite that and members of the football operations staff having to conduct the draft remotely from their homes, the 2020 CFL draft went smoothly. The Ottawa Redblacks chose eight players.

“A lot of hard work by a lot of people went into the draft,” general manager Marcel Desjardins said. “A big thanks to the personnel, coaching and video staff for their contributions in helping us select these quality young men who will have a chance to contribute to the Redblacks roster and the community of Ottawa/Gatineau for years to come.”

Redblacks picks:

First round, sixth overall
Adam Auclair, DB, Laval
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound had a big season for the Rouge et Or last year. He was named the 2017 Presidents’ Trophy winner as U Sports Outstanding Defensive Player. He was also awarded the Bruce Coulter Award, as the defensive player of the game after the 2018 Vanier Cup final.

Second round, 10th overall
Michael Hoecht, DL, Brown
The 6-foot-4, 310-pound defensive lineman made a name for himself at Brown University. The Ohio native finished his university career with 174 defensive tackles in 37 games played in the Ivy League Conference.

Second round, 19th overall
Dan Basambombo, LB, Laval
The 6-foot-1, 232-pound from Congo played eight games in 2018 for Laval, while recording a total of 31.5 tackles and two sacks.

Fourth round, 29th overall
Jakub Szott, OL, McMaster
The 6-foot-5, 314-pound Toronto native was a mainstay on the offensive line during his four seasons with McMaster.

Fifth round, 38th overall
Terrance Abrahams-Webster, DB, Calgary
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Pickering native played in eight games for the Dinos in 2019. During his university career, Abrahams-Webster has recorded a total of 49.5 tackles in 28 games.

Sixth round, 47th overall
Brad Cowan, LB, Wilfrid Laurier
The 6-foot-3, 228-pound Cowan had a total of 28.5 tackles in eight games for Wilfrid Laurier last season.

Seventh round, 56th overall
Reshaan Davis, DE, Ottawa
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Oshawa native played eight games for the Gee-Gees in 2019, while recording 32.5 tackles and seven sacks.

Eighth round, 65th overall
Ketel Asse, OL, Laval
The 6-foot-6, 318-pound offensive lineman was named on the 2019 RSEQ All-Star team and on the 2019 U Sports All-Canadian team.