Canadian OL Dakoda Shepley signs with San Francisco 49ers

Photo courtesy: CFL

Canadian offensive lineman Dakoda Shepley has signed with the San Francisco 49ers.

It’s a one-year deal for the 2020 season with the defending NFC champions. Shepley beat out two other offensive lineman who were selected in past NFL drafts Jamon Brown (third rounder, 2015) and Ted Larsen (sixth rounder, 2010) for a contract.

The six-foot-four, 310-pound offensive lineman worked out for the 49ers on Friday. He opted out of his CFL contract on Monday, which made him free to sign with any NFL team. However, he must return to Saskatchewan if he is released as his pact with the Roughriders does not expire until February 2022.

Shepley inked a deal with the New York Jets after going unselected in the 2018 NFL draft. The University of British Columbia product was cut following training camp that year and spent the rest of the season awaiting another NFL opportunity.

The 25-year-old played four seasons at UBC (2014-2017), starting 31 of 32 regular season games. While at UBC, Shepley lined up at left tackle and right guard, earning Canada West All-Star honours in 2017. He played in the 2017 U Sports East-West Bowl and was part of the Thunderbirds 2015 Vanier Cup championship team.

At the 2018 CFL combine, Shepley repped 225 pounds 27 times, ran a 5.15 hand-time 40-yard dash, 4.72 shuttle, 8.01 three-cone, recorded a 31-inch vertical and eight-foot, 9.5-inch broad jump.

The Windsor, Ontario native was a first-round pick of the Riders in the 2018 CFL draft. He signed with the team in March 2019 and started 14 games at right guard last season, winning the team’s Most Outstanding Rookie award.

Fresh film renewed NFL intrigue in Shepley and led to the athletic lineman earning a shot with San Francisco.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.