Calgary Stampeders sign first-round 2023 CFL Draft pick REC Cole Tucker

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The Calgary Stampeders have signed Canadian receiver Cole Tucker following his participation in rookie minicamp with the Minnesota Vikings.

The six-foot-one, 193-pound target was born in DeKalb, Ill. but qualified for Canadian citizenship through his mother, who was born in Brandon, Man. He was a standout receiver at Northern Illinois where he made 155 receptions for 2,030 yards and 10 touchdowns over five seasons with the Huskies. He was the fourth overall pick in the 2023 CFL Draft.

Tucker ran a 4.67-second forty-yard dash at his pro day along with a 37-inch vertical jump, a nine-foot, seven-inch broad jump, 6.91-second three-cone drill, 4.23-second short shuttle, and 10 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. He also attended the second half of the CFL Combine, though he chose only to conduct interviews with teams instead of also participating in on-field drills.

The 23-year-old could see playing time early in his rookie season as the Stampeders recently lost Canadian receiver Jalen Philpot indefinitely after he underwent off-season surgery on his hamstring.