The B.C. Lions are on the clock with the first overall selection in the 2021 CFL Global Draft.
It’s set to start at 1 p.m. ET, 10 a.m. PT on Thursday, April 15. The draft will consist of four rounds and 36 selections.
With 291 eligible prospects at a variety of positions originating from no less than 25 different international countries, the entire Lions brass has had plenty of film and virtual combine footage to break down.
“The crop has been increased,” Lions director of Global scouting Geroy Simon said of the available players compared to previous years.
“Lots of them have played at a high level so their training and play have been developed at that high level. We’re finally going to reap the benefits of seeing the guys going through those programs.”
68 of those prospects eligible to be chosen on Thursday suited up for NCAA schools while an additional 19 have been a part of NFL International Pathway Program. In addition, six of them played for U Sports programs as recently as 2019.
“We have a plan for the type of player we want to take. It will be someone who will make that impact from day one of camp,” Simon said.
As the Global Draft operates with a ‘snake’ order format, the Lions also currently hold the 18th, 19th and 36th overall selections.