Stamps select University of Calgary receiver Jalen Philpot, seven others in 2022 CFL Draft

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The Calgary Stampeders chose a total of eight players in the 2022 Canadian Football League Draft.

Calgary’s first selection, fifth overall, was University of Calgary receiver Jalen Philpot. Philpot played 22 games over three seasons (2018-2021) with the Dinos where he recorded 113 receptions for 1,889 yards and 10 touchdowns. Philpot was a Canada West all-star in 2019 and 2021 in addition to twice being named a first-team All-Canadian.

The six-foot-one pass catcher was part of the Vanier Cup-winning team in 2019 and suited up in the College Gridiron Showcase following his senior season. Philpot attended Seaquam Secondary School in Delta, B.C. and was high-school and college teammates with his twin brother, Tyson. Both siblings set Dinos records with 107-yard receptions during their time with the Dinos.

The Stamps next selected University of Alberta linebacker Josiah Schakel with the 14th overall pick. Through four seasons (2017-2021) with the Golden Bears, Schakel tallied 145 tackles, six-and-a-half sacks, five forced fumbles and one interception. In 2021, he made 51.5 tackles in six games for a U Sports-best 8.6 tackles per game and added eight tackles for loss, four sacks and three forced fumbles.

Schakel is a two-time academic All-Canadian and is coming off a season in which he received the President’s Trophy as the Canada West Outstanding Defensive Player and the conference’s Russ Jackson Student-Athlete Community Service Award. He attended Edmonton’s Bev Facey Community High School where he was teammates with Calgary’s 2021 draft pick Chuba Hubbard.

With their third pick, 25th overall, the Stampeders selected Western Illinois defensive back Demetri Royer. Royer played strong safety for the Fighting Leathernecks in 2019 and in 12 games recorded 74 tackles, five passes defended and one fumble recovery. He reached double digits in tackles in a single game on three occasions. Royer transferred to Western Illinois after attending Charleston Southern, where he redshirted in 2015 and was a medical redshirt in 2016 after suffering an injury in the season-opener. In 2017, Royer played nine games for the Buccaneers and recorded 77 tackles and one forced fumble. He has Canadian citizenship through his father Christian, a former hockey player from Quebec who settled in Florida.

In the fourth round, 34th overall, Calgary selected Queen’s offensive lineman Jacob Butler. Butler played five seasons for the Gaels and helped guide the team to an undefeated season in 2021. As a team captain in his final year, he paved the way for running back and fellow 2022 Stampeder draftee Rasheed Tucker to finish second in the country with 672 rushing yards. Butler was named to the East-West Bowl last year. He majored in engineering at Queen’s after attending Sardis Secondary in Chilliwack.

With the 43rd overall pick the Stampeders chose Regina offensive lineman Joel Braden. Braden started all six games at left tackle for the Rams in 2021. In 2019, he suited up for all eight games and made starts at both right guard and left tackle. Braden is a two-time academic All-Canadian. Prior to joining the Rams, he played four seasons for the Regina Thunder junior team.

In the sixth round, 52nd overall, Calgary selected Queen’s running back Rasheed Tucker. Tucker was a first-team Ontario University Athletics all-star and U Sports All-Canadian in 2021 with 114 carries for 687 yards and eight touchdowns for the Gaels. He added another 61 rushes for 419 yards and four scores in the post-season. Tucker majored in business at Queen’s where he was a three-time U Sports academic All-Canadian. He spent his high school years at Toronto’s Upper Canada College.

With their seventh round pick, 61st overall, Calgary chose Maine defensive back Shaquille St-Lot. St-Lot played 20 games for the Black Bears over the course of the 2018 and 2019 seasons, recording 31 tackles and adding one interception and two fumble recoveries. He sat out the 2021 season due to injury. Prior to joining the Black Bears, the Montreal product played at Vanier College.

With the 70th overall selection, the Stamps selected York defensive back Daniel Amoako. Amoako started all six games at York in 2021 and made 12.5 tackles, three pass breakups and one interception. In four seasons with the Lions, he registered 44 tackles in 27 games. Amoako majored in financial and business economics at York. He played running back and receiver in addition to defensive back at Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School in Ajax.