Browns waive Ottawa native Eli Ankou one day after he makes 53-man roster

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A Canadian defensive lineman is suddenly looking for work.

Eli Ankou was waived by the Cleveland Browns on Sunday just 24 hours after he was announced as a member of the team’s 53-man active roster. The move was made to make room for defensive tackle Vincent Taylor who was claimed off waivers from the Buffalo Bills.

Ankou signed with the Houston Texans after going unselected in the 2017 NFL draft. He joined the Jacksonville Jaguars after training camp and appeared in eleven games with the team over three seasons.

Claimed off Jacksonville’s practice roster last October, Ankou appeared in nine games for the Browns in 2019 and made two starts. He has recorded 26 career tackles and 1.5 sacks from the nose tackle position.

Ankou can be claimed by any team over the next 24 hours to become a member of their active roster. If he isn’t claimed, he will be free to join any club’s practice squad.

The 26-year-old was selected by his hometown Ottawa Redblacks in the third round of the 2017 CFL draft following a standout career at UCLA.

John Hodge is a CFL insider and draft analyst who has been covering the league since 2014.