Former CFL QB Shea Patterson becomes No. 1 overall pick in USFL draft

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The Michigan Panthers have selected former CFL quarterback Shea Patterson with the first overall selection in the 2022 USFL Draft.

The six-foot-two, 202-pound passer signed with the B.C. Lions this past June but was released when the team signed former NFL quarterback Danny Etling in September. He signed with the Montreal Alouettes shortly thereafter and recorded 13 carries for 23 yards over five games in a depth role.

Patterson was released on Tuesday according to the CFL’s transactions page, which was done presumably to allow him to sign with the USFL.

The native of Toledo, Ohio played with the Blues of The Spring League after attending training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2020. He transferred from the University of Mississippi to Michigan for his final two years of NCAA eligibility (2018-2019).

Patterson’s 5,661 passing yards as a Wolverine ranks seventh on the program’s all-time list, ahead of both Tom Brady and Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh. He was also a two-time All-Big Ten selection and won the school’s Offensive Player of the Year award in 2018.