CFL

CFL to host a European player draft

The CFL has announced that it will host a one-round European player draft that will take place on Thursday, April 11.

It’s all a part of Randy Ambrosie, the league Commissioner’s CFL 2.0 plan to extend the reach of the league.  

We have gradually seen this develop. The CFL has reached out to league’s in Mexico, Germany and beyond.

‘Global Prospects’

The league has been referring to the European players as global prospects. The CFL.ca site has been doing a nice job of putting up a couple of player profiles and had a front page piece too.

For more on the players taking part we did an introduction to where they had come from.

In total the CFL has secured partnerships with a range of federations. They include Mexico, Germany, Austria, France, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Italy.

The Mexican players went into a separate ‘global’ players draft that has already been held.

How do they compare?

The CFL separated the Global players from the Canadian players when posting combine numbers on CFL.ca 

Those numbers were a fairy mixed bag. The problem for the European players, as reported on 3downnation, was not being picked for the one on ones.

Age and experience may also be barriers for the European players. They tend to be slightly older than their Canadian counterparts.

Also, they tend to have played the 4 down version of the game. This does not have to be so much of an issue. Plenty of US based players have to learn the intricacies of the Canadian game.

What Happens Next

The league will hold a draft for ‘global’ players on the 11th April. The first overall pick has already been decided by a lottery.

Following that lottery the draft order will be:

  • Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • Montreal Alouettes 
  • Edmonton Eskimos
  • Toronto Argonauts
  • Saskatchewan Roughriders
  • BC Lions
  • Ottawa REDBLACKS
  • Calgary Stampeders

That gives each of the nine teams a shot at any one of the 18 European players they may be interested in.

I would love to see some UK talent heading to the CFL at some point. We know that teams like the London Warriors have great players like Efe Obada in their ranks. The talent is there.

Being at the CFL combine. Being around pro coaches and athletes at this level. It all has to have been good for the players.

Whether they make it or not, the European players involved will have had a remarkable experience. They are the trailblazers. The first to ever do this from their countries. That is absolutely priceless.

Banner image from cfl.ca

Article written by:

Chris Lawton joined the NFLGirlUK.com team in 2017 and has been writing about the CFL ever since. He originally started following the NFL with the 'first wave' of fans when it was shown on Channel 4 in the 1980's. He has been a keen supporter of the Miami Dolphins since 1983. Chris first encountered the CFL in 2016 and instantly fell in love with the Canadian game. He has been writing about the CFL from the inception of Ninety-Nine Yards. You can find him on twitter as @CFLfanUK

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