Ottawa Redblacks sign six Canadians, including two former Carleton Ravens

Photo courtesy: Scott Grant/

The Ottawa Redblacks have signed receiver Will Corby, fullback Mitch Raper, offensive lineman Eric Starczala, defensive lineman Shaiheem Charles-Brown, linebacker Jersey Henry, and defensive back Jordan Beaulieu. All six players are Canadian.

Corby caught 23 passes for 425 yards and two touchdowns with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues in 2021, helping the team reach a 3-3 regular season record. He was 3DownNation‘s fifth-ranked receiver in the 2021 CFL Draft class, though he went unselected on draft day.

The six-foot-three, 198-pound target has made 124 career receptions for 2,303 yards and 14 touchdowns at the U Sports level and was named a second-team All-Canadian in 2019. He is the younger brother of former Queen’s receiver and Edmonton draft pick Doug Corby.

Raper was an eighth-round selection of the Edmonton Elks in the 2020 CFL Draft but was recently released by the team. The six-foot-one, 231-pound fullback recorded six carries for 27 yards and twelve receptions for 189 yards and one touchdown as a member of the Carleton Ravens.

Starczala was a seventh-round pick in the 2019 CFL Draft by the Toronto Argonauts out of the University of Guelph. The six-foot-five, 300-pound blocker has yet to make his regular season CFL debut.

Charles-Brown is a six-foot-four, 240-pound native of Montreal who went unselected in the 2021 CFL Draft. He returned to the Ravens this past season and recorded eight tackles and one sack for seven yards.

Henry was a sixth-round pick of the Montreal Alouettes in the 2020 CFL Draft. The Concordia product was a free agent for most of the 2021 regular season after being cut by the Als but signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats late in the season.

Beaulieu signed with Ottawa in August 2021 after being released by the Edmonton Elks. He dressed for the team five times but did not register a statistic.

The Western product was a third-round pick of the Elks in 2018 out of Western. He appeared in 30 games over two seasons with the team, recording two defensive tackles and ten special teams tackles.