Edmonton Elks acquire rights to Canadian LB Woodly Appolon from Ottawa Redblacks

Photo courtesy: Tuskegee Athletics

The Edmonton Elks have acquired the rights to Canadian linebacker Woodly Appolon from the Ottawa Redblacks in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2023 CFL Draft, it was announced on Monday.

The six-foot-four, 220-pound defender was a fifth-round selection in the 2022 CFL Draft out of Tuskegee University, which is located in Alabama. He returned to the Golden Tigers for his final year of NCAA eligibility this past year and made 18 total tackles and one tackle for loss over eight games.

Appolon is the twin brother of Wesly Appolon, who was selected by the Elks in the fifth round of the 2022 CFL Draft. He dressed for only one game as a rookie in Edmonton but suffered a season-ending injury to his quad.

Ottawa now holds the 12th overall pick in the 2023 CFL Draft, which originally belonged to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Edmonton acquired the pick from Hamilton in September 2022 as part of the trade that sent Canadian offensive lineman David Beard to Steeltown.

The Redblacks are now slated to select three times in the first 12 picks of the 2023 CFL Draft.