Ottawa Redblacks select well-travelled Canadian receiver Nick Mardner second overall in 2024 CFL Draft

Photo courtesy: Hawai‘i Athletics

The Ottawa Redblacks selected well-travelled Canadian receiver Nick Mardner with the second overall pick in the 2024 CFL Draft.

The Oakville, Ont. native went unselected in the 2024 NFL Draft but will get a chance to try out for a roster spot thanks to a mini-camp invite from the New York Giants.

The six-foot-six, 208-pound Mardner completed his NCAA career at Auburn University but dressed only four games due to injury and didn’t record any statistics. In total, he caught 81 passes for 1,488 yards and 11 touchdowns at the collegiate level.

The big-bodied pass catcher had his best season at the University of Hawai’i in 2021, recording 46 catches for 913 yards and five touchdowns to be named All-Mountain West honourable mention. He transferred to the University of Cincinnati the following year and filled a depth role, making 19 receptions for 218 yards and three touchdowns.

At his pro day in March, Mardner ran a 4.60-second forty-yard dash, 4.62-second short shuttle, and 7.43-second three-cone drill. He also recorded 11 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, a 35-inch vertical, and a 129-inch broad jump.