The 2021 CFL draft class just lost its best passer.
University of Waterloo quarterback Tre Ford has deferred his draft year to 2022. Prospects had until 11:59 p.m. ET on November 30 to opt out of the 2021 CFL draft, an option that was provided in response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s disruption of fall university athletics in Canada.
The six-foot-one, 185-pound passer has helped reinvigorate Waterloo’s football program since joining the team in 2017.
He had one of the best passing seasons in U Sports history in 2018 when he completed 217-of-294 passing attempts for 3,093 yards, 30 touchdowns, and two interceptions.
The dual-threat quarterback is also an elite rusher, having recorded 244 career carries for 2,149 yards and 16 touchdowns. He was named a U Sports second-team All-Canadian in 2019 and has attended training camp with the Montreal Alouettes and Hamilton Tiger-Cats as part of the Canadian quarterback internship program.
Tre’s twin brother, Tyrell, also opted out of the 2021 CFL draft. The defensive back made 35 tackles, four interceptions, and three knockdowns in 2019 and was also named a U Sports second-team All-Canadian. He also has three career punt return touchdowns, two of which came in his first game with the team on August 27, 2017 against Windsor.
The Ford brothers were narrowly left off the preliminary 2021 CFL draft rankings created by Justin Dunk, JC Abbott, and myself. We look forward to seeing what they have to offer in their remaining U Sports eligibility, the 2022 CFL draft, and beyond.