2021 NFL Draft ties record with four Canadian players selected

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Four Canadian players were selected in the 2021 NFL Draft, which is tied for the most-ever in the 85-year history of the event.

Coquitlam, B.C. native Jevon Holland was the first Canadian selected at No. 36 overall by the Miami Dolphins. The Oregon product was a semi-finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as NCAA football’s top defensive back in 2019 and has the versatility to play safety or nickelback at the NFL level.

Minnesota cornerback Benjamin St-Juste was selected by the Washington Football Team in the third round at No. 74 overall. The Montreal native has a rare combination of size and speed, running a 4.51 forty-yard dash at six-foot-three and 205 pounds.

Brampton, Ont, native Josh Palmer was picked by the Los Angeles Chargers three spots later at No. 77 overall. The receiver out of the University of Tennessee was considered one of the best deep-threats in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and shone at the Senior Bowl where he caught a touchdown pass.

Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard was selected No. 126 by the Carolina Panthers in the fourth round of the draft. The native of Sherwood Park, Alta. finished eighth in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 2019 after leading the NCAA with 2,094 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns as a redshirt sophomore.

Iowa offensive lineman Alaric Jackson from Windsor and Oklahoma State linebacker Amen Ogbongbeminga from Calgary were projected as potential late-round picks, though neither was selected.

The record for the highest number of Canadians selected in an NFL Draft was initially set at four in 2014. Brent Urban and John Urschel were drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth and fifth rounds, respectively, while T.J. Jones and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif were chosen in the sixth round.

Urban is now a member of the Dallas Cowboys following stints with Baltimore, Tennessee, and Chicago, while Duvernay-Tardif has remained with the Kansas City Chiefs since draft day. Urschel retired following the 2016 season due to health concerns, while Jones has been a free agent since October 2019.