Argos sign 2021 first round CFL Draft pick, offensive lineman Peter Nicastro

Photo courtesy: David Moll/Dinos Athletics

The Toronto Argonauts have signed Canadian offensive lineman Peter Nicastro, the team’s first-round selection, seventh overall in the 2021 CFL Draft.

The six-foot-two, 305-pound Nicastro played three seasons at the University of Calgary (2017-2019) and was named a Canada West Conference All-Star at guard in 2019, helping the Dinos win the Vanier Cup that same season. The Calgary native played 20 games in his U Sports career at Calgary, including all eight regular season games in each of his last two seasons with the Dinos.

3DownNation CFL Draft expert John Hodge gave the Argos a B+ grade for selecting Nicastro. He moves smoothly and bends well plus has extensive experience at the centre and guard positions. Nicastro compensates for lack of elite size with quickness in space — tough, smart blocker with pro-ready traits.

The Argos have rebuilt an offensive line that was old and lacklustre in 2019. They’ll get Nicastro right away and he could push for playing time along a line that has a ton of new faces since the last time CFL football was played.

Nicastro was one of 14 Canada West athletes to be selected in the 2021 CFL Draft. The Dinos led the way with the most players taken of any program in Canada (six). Since 2006, there have been 63 Dinos football players names called by CFL teams, the most of any school in North America. In the program’s history, 159 players have been drafted into the CFL.