Edmonton Elks select Montreal LB Michael Brodrique second overall in 2023 CFL Draft

Photo courtesy: Montreal Carabins

The Edmonton Elks selected Université de Montreal linebacker Michael Brodrique with the second overall pick in the 2023 CFL Draft.

The two-time RSEQ all-star made 68.5 total tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, two pass knockdowns, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble, and one interception with the Carabins and was named a second-team U Sports All-Canadian in 2021.

“Michael is an excellent linebacker with the tenacity and athletic markers we search for,” said assistant general manager Geroy Simon in a statement. “He has a high football IQ and can be a versatile player for this organization.”

Brodrique had a strong showing at the CFL Combine in March when he was named a coaches’ pick for his performance on the final day of the Combine.

The six-foot-two, 227-pound defender was the first U Sports player taken in the draft as the Ottawa Redblacks took Fresno State offensive lineman Dontae Bull with the first overall pick.