Elks sign 2021 first round CFL Draft pick, DL Cole Nelson

The Edmonton Elks have signed 2021 first round CFL Draft pick, defensive lineman Cole Nelson.

Nelson was selected No. 5 overall by the club in May.

The 24-year-old was impressive at the CFL combine, recording 25 reps on the bench press and a 4.95 second 40-yard dash while checking in at six-foot-five, 312 pounds to improve his stock. Nelson did not play in 2020 due to the U Sports season being cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ponoka, Alta. native played in six games for the University of Alberta in 2019, recording eight tackles. In 2018, Nelson played in five games accumulating 8.5 tackles and one sack for the Golden Bears.

Edmonton also signed second round, 14th overall choice, linebacker Grant McDonald. The Tsawwassen, B.C. native suited up for 14 games over the 2018 and 2019 season with the University of Calgary. McDonald has recorded 83 total tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 4,5 sacks, one interception, and one forced fumble while with the Dinos.

Prior to his time with the Dinos, McDonald was listed as a tight-end for the University of Maine where he recorded seven total tackles while featuring primarily on special teams.

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