Edmonton Elks sign 11, including second overall CFL draft pick LB Michael Brodrique

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The Edmonton Elks have signed 11 players, including seven who were selected in the 2023 CFL Draft.

Michael Brodrique, the draft’s second overall pick out of the Université de Montreal, ran a 4.59-second forty-yard dash at the CFL Combine. 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.

The Elks also signed Alberta defensive back Jake Taylor (second round), Western offensive lineman Phillip Grohovac (third round), UBC long snapper Luke Burton-Krahn (third round), Keiser defensive lineman Noah Curtis (fourth round), Montreal running back Bertrand Terancy Beaulieu (fifth round), and Guelph offensive lineman Spencer Masterson (sixth round).

Edmonton also signed Canadian receiver Aidan Pearce, Canadian defensive lineman Riley Szafranski, American defensive lineman Darel Middleton, and Global draft pick Dean Faithfull.

Pearce played four seasons at Simon Fraser University (2018-22) and made 27 receptions for 394 yards and two touchdowns over 25 games with the Red Leafs.

Szafranski played 25 games over three seasons with the University of Alberta, making 29 total tackles, four tackles for loss, and two sacks with the Golden Bears.

Middleton played 22 games at the University of Tennessee (2019-20) where he made 43 total tackles, two sacks, and one forced fumble. He previously played at East Mississippi Community College (2017-18) where he helped lead EMCC to an undefeated season and the 2018 NJCAA National Championship.

Faithfull was the second overall pick in the 2023 CFL Global Draft out of Colorado State Pueblo. The 35-year-old was born in Fareham, England.

The Elks are scheduled to open rookie camp on Wednesday, May 10 with training camp opening on Sunday, May 14 at Commonwealth Stadium.