15. QB Jeremiah Masoli, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
On February 5, 2013, the Ticats traded Nathan Kanya and the rights to Carson Rockhill to Edmonton for Greg Wojt, Simoni Lawrence and Jeremiah Masoli. The rest, as they say, is history.
After years of development, Masoli was named Hamilton’s starting quarterback when June Jones took over as head coach in 2017. He led an 0-8 team to a 6-4 record over their final ten games, a sign of things to come.
The San Francisco native was sensational over his next 24 starts, passing for 6,785 yards, 37 touchdowns, and 25 interceptions. That streak came to an end in Week 7 of the 2019 season when Masoli suffered a torn ACL against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
He hasn’t played since the injury, but Masoli signed a one-year extension with Hamilton and looks great on video. It’s safe to expect a bounce-back season from No. 8 in 2021.
14. REC Shaq Evans, Saskatchewan Roughriders
The former fourth-round NFL draft pick has quickly established himself as a premier target in the CFL.
The UCLA product signed with the Riders in 2018 following stints with the New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, and Dallas Cowboys. He erupted in his rookie CFL season with 50 receptions for 785 yards, putting opposing defensive backs on notice.
Evans would avoid the sophomore slump by having a dominant season in 2019, making 72 catches for 1,334 yards and five scores. He was named a CFL all-star and signed a one-year contract extension worth almost $200,000 for the 2020 season.
The six-foot-one, 210-pound target has developed great chemistry with Cody Fajardo with the pair becoming arguably the best quarterback-receiver duo in the CFL.
13. DT Dylan Wynn, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Wynn spends his off-seasons working on a farm and it shows in how the Oregon State product plays the game.
The six-foot-two, 290-pound defender burst onto the CFL scene as a rookie in 2017 with the Toronto Argonauts, picking up 34 tackles and six sacks in 15 games. He was a key cog in the team’s Grey Cup run and was named a divisional all-star for his performance.
Wynn fought injuries in his second CFL season and ended up signing in the AAF with the Arizona Hotshots in February 2019. He became a free agent again when the league folded and signed with the Ticats in May.
Wynn was a monster in Hamilton and finished his first season in Black and Gold with career-highs in tackles (44) and sacks (11), helping the team reach the Grey Cup for the first time since 2014. He was named a CFL all-star and re-signed with the team through 2021.
At just 27 years old, Wynn looks to have a long future ahead of him. The cattle ranching will have to wait.
12. REC Derel Walker, Edmonton Football Team
Injuries and NFL stints have only allowed Walker to dress for 64 regular season games over the past five seasons, but the 29-year-old is arguably the CFL’s most dominant receiver.
Walker has made 362 career receptions for 5,248 yards and 32 touchdowns, averaging 5.7 receptions, 82 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per start. Those numbers are ridiculous.
The two-time CFL all-star left Edmonton for Toronto in 2019, which proved to be a mistake. The Argonauts made him the CFL’s highest-paid non-quarterback, but didn’t do enough to incorporate him in their offence.
The Texas A&M product recently rejoined Edmonton where he had the best years of his career in 2015 and 2016. If history is any indication, Walker’s production with the Green and Gold should be elite.
11. DB Delvin Breaux, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Breaux’s story is the stuff movies get made about.
Breaux broke multiple vertebrae his neck as a senior in high school and was lucky to be alive. The Tiger-Cats gave him a shot in 2013 after he spent some time playing semi-professional football in his native Louisiana.
The six-foot-one, 210-pound cover man has since been arguably the league’s best cornerback. The Breaux-muda Triangle is a place where opposing receivers go to die.
The 31-year-old departed for the New Orleans Saints for a three-year stint in the NFL (2015-17) but has been named an East Division all-star in both years since his return.
3DownNation is unveiling its list of the top 100 active CFL players. To read the criteria for player eligibility, click here. The list to date can be found below.
17. QB Mike Reilly, B.C. Lions
18. LB Henoc Muamba, Montreal Alouettes
19. OL Brandon Revenberg, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
20. REC Greg Ellingson, Edmonton Football Team
21. OL Chris Van Zeyl, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
27. QB Cody Fajardo, Saskatchewan Roughriders
28. REC Eric Rogers, Calgary Stampeders
29. DT Almondo Sewell, Edmonton Football Team
30. SAM Patrick Levels, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
34. QB Vernon Adams Jr., Montreal Alouettes
35. DB Nick Marshall, Saskatchewan Roughriders
36. DB Aaron Grymes, B.C. Lions
37. LB Larry Dean, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
38. OL Ucambre Williams, Calgary Stampeders
39. DB Ciante Evans, Montreal Alouettes
40. K/P Justin Medlock, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
41. REC DaVaris Daniels, Toronto Argonauts
42. DT Micah Johnson, B.C. Lions
43. OL Shane Bergman, Calgary Stampeders
44. SAM Don Unamba, Ottawa Redblacks
45. DB Ed Gainey, Saskatchewan Roughriders
46. DB Tommie Campbell, Toronto Argonauts
47. LB Adam Bighill, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
48. REC DeVier Posey, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
49. DT Cleyon Laing, Ottawa Redblacks
50. OL Matt O’Donnell, Edmonton Football Team
51. REC Kyran Moore, Saskatchewan Roughriders
52. SAM Kenny Ladler, Free Agent
53. DE Jackson Jeffcoat, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
54. SAM Dexter McCoil, Free Agent
55. OL Sean McEwen, Calgary Stampeders
56. REC Eugene Lewis, Montreal Alouettes
57. DB Greg Reid, Montreal Alouettes
58. DT Mike Moore, Edmonton Football Team
59. OL Ryker Mathews, B.C. Lions
60. DB Tunde Adeleke, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
61. LB Jameer Thurman, Free Agent
62. QB Matt Nichols, Toronto Argonauts
63. DB Jamar Wall, Calgary Stampeders
64. DB Loucheiz Purifoy, Saskatchewan Roughriders
65. REC Lemar Durant, B.C. Lions
66. OL Brendon LaBatte, Saskatchewan Roughriders
67. OL SirVincent Rogers, Edmonton Football Team
68. QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, Free Agent
69. DB/RET Frankie Williams, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
70. DB T.J. Lee, B.C. Lions
71. QB Zach Collaros, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
72. SAM Anthony Cioffi, Free Agent
73. DB Shaquille Richardson, Toronto Argonauts
74. REC Kamar Jorden, Calgary Stampeders
75. OL Darius Ciraco, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
76. REC Jalen Saunders, Free Agent
77. QB Dane Evans, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
78. REC Brad Sinopoli, Ottawa Redblacks
79. RET Janarion Grant, Free Agent
80. DE Avery Ellis, Ottawa Redblacks
81. DE Cordarro Law, Calgary Stampeders
82. DB Brandon Alexander, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
83. OL Jermarcus Hardrick, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
84. DB Branden Dozier, Free Agent
85. SAM Otha Foster, Saskatchewan Roughriders
86. DB Antoine Pruneau, Ottawa Redblacks
87. RB John White, B.C. Lions
88. LB Avery Williams, Ottawa Redblacks
89. LB Jovan Santos-Knox, Free Agent
90. DB Richard Leonard, Calgary Stampeders
91. REC Armanti Edwards, Edmonton Football Team
92. RB C.J. Gable, Free Agent
93. DT Mike Rose, Calgary Stampeders
94. REC S.J. Green, Free Agent
95. DB Mike Edem, Saskatchewan Roughriders
96. DE John Bowman, Montreal Alouettes
97. DB Taylor Loffler, Montreal Alouettes
98. QB Nick Arbuckle, Ottawa Redblacks
99. ST Mike Miller, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
100. DE Chris Casher, B.C. Lions