Riders sign former Jaguars draft pick DL Jonathan Woodard

Photo courtesy: Central Arkansas Athletics

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed American defensive lineman Jonathan Woodard.

Woodard was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars 226th overall in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Over the next five seasons, the six-foot-five, 271-pounder spent time with the Jaguars, Falcons, Dolphins and Bills. While in Miami in 2018, the Tennessee native played in six regular season contests, making 10 tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack.

Woodard spent five collegiate seasons at Central Arkansas where he played 46 games as a Bear. The now 27-year-old was a strong presence on the defensive line making 174 career tackles, 53 tackles for loss, 29 sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one interception and four blocked kicks.

Woodard was a highly decorated player in his college career picking up Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year honours in 2014, Freshman of the Year honours in 2012 and was a four-time All-SLC First Team selection (2012-2015).

In a corresponding move, the Roughriders have released American defensive lineman Trenton Thompson.