The Calgary Stampeders have signed all eight members of their 2022 CFL Draft class.
The team has indicated that each player is expected to be in Calgary for the start of rookie camp on Wednesday, although defensive back Shaquille St-Lot will not be taking part in on-field activities as he continues to recover from an injury.
Receiver Jalen Philpot, who was selected eighth overall, played 22 games over three seasons at the University of Calgary. He recorded 113 receptions for 1,889 yards and 10 touchdowns during his Dinos career and was named a U Sports first-team All-Canadian. He was part of the Dinos’ Vanier Cup-winning team in 2019.
The club’s second-round pick, Josiah Schakel, tallied 145 tackles, 6.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, and one interception over four seasons at the University of Alberta. In 2021, he received the President’s Trophy as the top defensive player in U Sports after making 51.5 tackles, eight tackles for loss, four sacks, and three forced fumbles in six games.
Demetri Royer was selected in the third round after playing strong safety at Western Illinois in 2019. He recorded 74 tackles, five passes defended, and one fumble recovery in 12 games for the Fighting Leathernecks and reached double digits in tackles in a single game on three occasions.
Other players signed include Queen’s offensive lineman Jacob Butler (fourth-round pick), Regina offensive lineman Joel Braden (fifth-round pick), Queen’s running back Rasheed Tucker (sixth-round pick), Maine defensive back Shaquille St-Lot (seventh-round pick), and York defensive back Daniel Amoako (eighth-round pick).
Butler played five seasons for the Golden 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 Stamps draftee Rasheed Tucker to finish second in the country with 672 rushing yards. He was also invited to the East-West Bowl.
Braden started all six games at left tackle for the University of Regina 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 and played four seasons for the Regina Thunder prior to joining the Rams.
Tucker played 21 games over three seasons at Queen’s and recorded 269 carries for 1,573 yards and 15 touchdowns as well as 23 catches for 210 yards. In 2021, he earned first-team U Sports All-Canadian honours after rushing for 687 yards and eight touchdowns during the regular season and adding 419 yards and four scores in the playoffs.
St-Lot played 20 games for Maine over the course of the 2018 and 2019 seasons, recording 31 tackles, one interception, and two fumble recoveries. He sat out the 2021 season due to injury.
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 has registered 44 tackles in 27 games.