The Calgary Stampeders have picked the pocket of their provincial rivals, signing the Edmonton Elks’ 2020 second round pick Alain Pae, according to a report from 630 CHED’s Dave Campbell.
Pae played one game for the Elks in 2021, but spent much of the season battling injury between stints on the practice roster. He was released from the practice roster at the end of Edmonton’s season.
Former Elks’ general manager Brock Sunderland shocked many when he chose the athletic defensive end 13th overall in the 2020 Draft, making him a 28-year old rookie with only one year of college football experience.
A native of the Czech Republic, Pae moved to Canada to attend the University of Ottawa in 2017. He appeared in eight games, recording 25.5 tackles and six quarterback sacks. He was named to the Ontario University Athletics conference All-Rookie Team. Pae graduated that year and remained in Ottawa, becoming a Canadian citizen and entering the CFL Draft as a National. At the start of the 2021 season, he had not suited up in three years.
In his home country, Pae played for the Prague Lions and in two seasons he recorded 46 total tackles, five quarterback sacks, and eight quarterback pressures.
At six-foot-four and 240 pounds, Pae was reportedly clocked as fast as 4.65 in the forty yard dash and broad jumped more than ten feet in the pre-draft process. The Elks saw immense potential in those athletic traits, but if Pae has a sophomore breakout it will now be with the Stampeders.