Hamilton Tiger-Cats awarded first overall pick in 2021 CFL draft following random draw

Tiger Town has reason to celebrate.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats were awarded the first overall pick in the 2021 CFL draft on Saturday night via random draw. The order of selections was determined in this manner due to the cancellation of the 2020 season.

The results of the draw were announced on TSN during Saturday evening’s Grey Cup Unite broadcast. The order of selections will be as follows:

1) Hamilton Tiger-Cats
2) Saskatchewan Roughriders
3) Winnipeg Blue Bombers
4) B.C. Lions
5) Edmonton Football Team
6) Ottawa Redblacks
7) Toronto Argonauts
8) Calgary Stampeders
9) Hamilton Tiger-Cats (via Montreal)

The 2021 CFL draft will be conducted in a ‘snake’ style with the order of selections reversing in alternating rounds. This means that the Ticats will pick first in rounds one, three, and five, but last in rounds two, four, and six.


The Montreal Alouettes traded their first-round pick to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as part of the Johnny Manziel trade. This means Montreal’s first selection of the night will be in the second round at No. 10 overall.

As of now, no other trades involving 2021 draft selections have been made.

The CFL has yet to announce a date for the draft, though it is expected that it will take place in early May. As 3DownNation reported last week, the league is currently planning on moving forward with its national and regional combines in March 2021.


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