2015 CFL Draft

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2015 CFL Draft
General information
Date(s) May 12
Time 8:00 PM EDT
Location Toronto
Network(s) TSN2/RDS2
Picks
First selection Alex Mateas
Most selections Montreal Alouettes (9)
Fewest selections Edmonton Eskimos (5)
CIS selections 44
NCAA selections 18
Overall selections 62

The 2015 CFL Draft took place on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 8:00 PM ET on TSN2 and RDS2.[1] 62 players were chosen from among eligible players from Canadian Universities across the country, as well as Canadian players playing in the NCAA.[2]

For the first time since the 2006 CFL Draft, an NCAA player was drafted first overall, with Alex Mateas from the University of Connecticut being selected with the top pick.[3] Six offensive linemen were drafted in the first round, which broke the previous record of five in the 1987 CFL Draft.[4] A total of 44 CIS football players were selected in the draft with the Calgary Dinos earning the most selected players with seven, including two within the first three picks. 13 trades were made involving 15 draft picks, with all of the trades occurring before the draft.

The first two rounds were broadcast live on TSN with CFL Commissioner Jeffrey Orridge announcing each selection. The production was hosted by Farhan Lalji and featured the CFL on TSN panel which included Duane Forde, Paul LaPolice, Mike Benevides, and Lee Barrette who analyzed the teams' needs and picks.[5]

Top prospects[edit]

Source: CFL Scouting Bureau rankings.
Final
ranking[6]
December
ranking[7]
September
ranking[8]
Player Position College
1 - - Christian Covington Defensive lineman Rice
2 1 1 Brett Boyko Offensive lineman UNLV
3 2 6 Alex Mateas Offensive lineman Connecticut
4 4 2 Tyler Varga Running back Yale
5 8 4 Danny Groulx Offensive lineman Laval
6 7 8 Sukh Chungh Offensive lineman Calgary
7 3 5 Daryl Waud Defensive lineman Western
8 - - Lemar Durant Wide receiver Simon Fraser
9 5 3 Nic Demski Wide receiver Manitoba
10 6 14 Sean McEwen Offensive lineman Calgary
11 12 12 Chris Ackie Defensive back Wilfrid Laurier
12 9 11 Addison Richards Wide receiver Regina
13 10 7 Jacob Ruby Offensive lineman Richmond
14 17 - Byron Archambault Linebacker Montreal
15 - 18 Tevaughn Campbell Defensive back Regina
16 - - Shaquille Murray-Lawrence Running back UNLV
17 18 17 Ese Mrabure-Ajufo Defensive lineman Wilfrid Laurier
18 19 19 Jake Harty Wide receiver Calgary
19 - - Brandon Bridge Quarterback South Alabama
20 11 15 Nicholas Shortill Linebacker McMaster
- 13 10 Dillon Guy Offensive lineman Buffalo
- 14 16 Karl Lavoie Offensive lineman Laval
- 15 13 Brandon Tennant Defensive lineman Laval
- 16 - Adam Konar Linebacker Calgary
- 20 - Ettore Lattanzio Defensive lineman Ottawa
- - 9 Mehdi Abdesmad Defensive lineman Boston College
- - 20 Rory Connop Defensive lineman Western

Trades[edit]

In the explanations below, (D) denotes trades that took place during the draft, while (PD) indicates trades completed pre-draft.

Round one[edit]

  • Hamilton → Montreal (PD). Hamilton traded this selection and a third-round pick in the draft to Montreal for Ryan Bomben.[9]

Round two[edit]

  • Saskatchewan → Winnipeg (PD). Saskatchewan traded this selection and Kris Bastien to Winnipeg for Cory Watson and a third-round selection in the draft.[10]

Round three[edit]

  • Ottawa → Calgary (PD). Ottawa traded this selection and a third-round pick in the 2014 CFL Draft to Calgary for Justin Phillips and a third-round selection in the 2014 CFL Draft.[11]
  • Saskatchewan → Hamilton (PD). Saskatchewan traded this selection and a third-round pick in the 2016 CFL Draft to Hamilton for Brandon Boudreaux, a fourth-round pick in this year's draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2016 CFL Draft.[12]
  • Winnipeg → Saskatchewan (PD). Winnipeg traded this selection and Cory Watson to Saskatchewan for Kris Bastien and a second-round selection in the draft.[10]
  • Winnipeg → Hamilton (PD). Winnipeg traded this selection to Hamilton for Abraham Kromah and a third-round pick in the draft.[13][14]
  • Hamilton → Winnipeg (PD). Hamilton traded this selection and Abraham Kromah to Winnipeg for a third-round pick in the draft.[13][14]
  • Hamilton → Montreal (PD). Hamilton traded this selection and a first-round pick in the draft to Montreal for Ryan Bomben.[9]
  • Montreal → Calgary (PD). Montreal traded this conditional selection (which became a third-round pick) and a fifth-round selection in the 2014 CFL Draft to Calgary for Larry Taylor, a fifth-round selection in the 2014 CFL Draft, and a conditional selection in this year's draft (which became a fourth-round pick).[15]

Round four[edit]

  • Saskatchewan → Winnipeg (PD). Saskatchewan traded this selection and Patrick Neufeld to Winnipeg for Alex Hall and a second-round pick in the 2014 CFL Draft.[16]
  • Hamilton → Saskatchewan (PD). Hamilton traded this selection, Brandon Boudreaux, and a fourth-round pick in the 2016 CFL Draft to Saskatchewan for a third-round pick in this year's draft and a third-round pick in the 2016 CFL Draft.[12]
  • Winnipeg → Hamilton (PD). Winnipeg traded this conditional selection (which became a fourth-round pick) to Hamilton for Brian Brohm.[17]
  • Calgary → Montreal (PD). Calgary traded this conditional selection (which became a fourth-round pick), a fifth-round selection in the 2014 CFL Draft, and Larry Taylor to Montreal for a fifth-round selection in the 2014 CFL Draft and a conditional selection (which became a third-round pick).[15]

Round five[edit]

Round six[edit]

  • Edmonton → Hamilton (PD). Edmonton traded this selection and Ricardo Colclough to Hamilton for Darcy Brown.[19]
  • Toronto → Saskatchewan (PD). Toronto traded a conditional selection (which became a sixth round pick) to Saskatchewan for Dwight Anderson.[20]

Round seven[edit]

  • Winnipeg → Toronto (PD). Winnipeg traded a conditional selection (which became a seventh round pick) to Toronto for Josh Portis.[21]

Conditional trades[edit]

  • Calgary → Hamilton (PD). Calgary traded a conditional selection (condition not met) to Hamilton for Dee Webb.[22]
  • Edmonton → Hamilton (PD). Edmonton traded a conditional selection (condition not met) and a fourth-round pick in the 2016 CFL Draft to Hamilton for Steve Myddelton.[23]

Forfeitures[edit]

  • Edmonton forfeits their fifth round selection after selecting Mike Dubuisson in the 2014 Supplemental Draft.[24]

Draft order[edit]

= CFL Division All-Star = CFL All-Star = Hall of Famer

Round one[edit]

Pick # CFL Team Player Position College
1 Ottawa Redblacks Alex Mateas OL Connecticut
2 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Sukh Chungh OL Calgary
3 Toronto Argonauts Sean McEwen OL Calgary
4 Montreal Alouettes Chris Ackie DB Wilfrid Laurier
5 BC Lions Ese Mrabure-Ajufo DL Wilfrid Laurier
6 Saskatchewan Roughriders Nic Demski WR Manitoba
7 Edmonton Eskimos Danny Groulx OL Laval
8 Montreal Alouettes (via Hamilton[9]) Jacob Ruby OL Richmond
9 Calgary Stampeders Karl Lavoie OL Laval

Round two[edit]

Pick # CFL team Player Position College
10 Ottawa Redblacks Jake Harty WR Calgary
11 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Addison Richards WR Regina
12 Toronto Argonauts Daryl Waud DL Western
13 Montreal Alouettes Nick Shortill LB McMaster
14 BC Lions Brett Boyko OL UNLV
15 Winnipeg Blue Bombers (via Saskatchewan[10]) Brendan Morgan DB Queen's
16 Edmonton Eskimos David Beard OL Alberta
17 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Byron Archambault LB Montreal
18 Calgary Stampeders Lemar Durant WR Simon Fraser

Round three[edit]

Pick # CFL team Player Position College
19 Calgary Stampeders (via Ottawa[11]) Tyler Varga RB Yale
20 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (via Winnipeg[13]) Jonathan Langa LB Saint Mary's
21 Toronto Argonauts Cameron Walker DL Guelph
22 Calgary Stampeders (via Montreal[15]) Tevaughn Campbell DB Regina
23 BC Lions Shaquille Murray-Lawrence RB UNLV
24 Montreal Alouettes (via Hamilton[9] via Saskatchewan[12]) James Bodanis OL Michigan State
25 Edmonton Eskimos Adam Konar LB Calgary
26 Saskatchewan Roughriders (via Winnipeg,[10] via Hamilton Tiger-Cats[13]) Rory Connop DL Western
27 Calgary Stampeders William Langlais FB Sherbrooke

Round four[edit]

Pick # CFL team Player Position College
28 Ottawa Redblacks Tanner Doll LS Calgary
29 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (via Winnipeg[17]) Ron Omara LB St. Francis Xavier
30 Toronto Argonauts Matt Norzil WR Laval
31 Montreal Alouettes Brandon Bridge QB South Alabama
32 BC Lions Adrian Clarke LB Bishop's
33 Winnipeg Blue Bombers (via Saskatchewan[16]) Christophe Normand RB Laval
34 Edmonton Eskimos Andrew Johnson WR Fort Lewis
35 Saskatchewan Roughriders (via Hamilton[12]) Matt Rea FB Michigan State
36 Montreal Alouettes (via Calgary[15]) Alex Charette WR Guelph

Round five[edit]

Pick # CFL team Player Position College
37 Ottawa Redblacks Jefferson Court FB Utah State
38 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Ettore Lattanzio DL Ottawa
39 Toronto Argonauts Dillon Campbell RB Wilfrid Laurier
40 Montreal Alouettes Mikhail Davidson WR Montreal
41 BC Lions Campbell Allison OL Eastern Michigan
42 Saskatchewan Roughriders Kwame Adjei DB Mount Allison
Edmonton Eskimos Forfeit pick[24]
43 BC Lions (via Hamilton[18]) Christian Covington DL Rice
44 Calgary Stampeders Dexter Janke DB Saskatchewan

Round six[edit]

Pick # CFL team Player Position College
45 Ottawa Redblacks Kienan LaFrance RB Manitoba
46 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Justin Warden LB Bishop's
47 Saskatchewan Roughriders (via Toronto[20]) Tyler Langlais DL Calgary
48 Montreal Alouettes Quinn Lawlor DL Brigham Young
49 BC Lions Joshua Brinkworth DB Pacific (OR)
50 Saskatchewan Roughriders Melvin Abankwah RB Saint Mary's
51 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (via Edmonton[19]) Everett Ellefsen DB McNeese State
52 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Daniel English WR British Columbia
53 Calgary Stampeders Aaron Picton OL Regina

Round seven[edit]

Pick # CFL team Player Position College
54 Ottawa Redblacks Alexandre Leganiere OL Montreal
55 Toronto Argonauts (via Winnipeg[21]) Kevin Bradfield WR Toronto
56 Toronto Argonauts Dan MacDonald LS Guelph
57 Montreal Alouettes Anthony Coady DB Montreal
58 BC Lions Maxx Forde DE Idaho
59 Saskatchewan Roughriders Brandon Tennant DL Laval
60 Edmonton Eskimos Blair Smith LB Angelo State
61 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Preston Huggins LB Western
62 Calgary Stampeders Andrew Buckley QB Calgary

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2015 CFL Draft to be held May 12
  2. ^ CFL Draft expanded to seven rounds
  3. ^ Calgary’s Chungh selected second overall, 44 CIS players taken
  4. ^ Calling Home: Ottawa pegs Alex Mateas first overall
  5. ^ "TSN Hosts Exclusive Live Coverage of the 2015 CFL DRAFT, May 12 at 8 p.m. ET on TSN2". bellmedia.ca. 2015-05-08. Retrieved 2015-05-19. 
  6. ^ Final Scouting Bureau Rankings Released, Canadian Football League, 24 April 2015, archived from the original on 2015-10-05, retrieved 25 April 2015 .
  7. ^ Full Rankings: McEwen rises into the top-10, Canadian Football League, 10 December 2014, retrieved 10 December 2014 .
  8. ^ Full Rankings: Demski topped ranked receiver, Canadian Football League, 11 September 2014, retrieved 14 September 2014 
  9. ^ a b c d Als acquire 8th and 24th pick for OL Ryan Bomben
  10. ^ a b c d Riders acquire WR Watson from Bombers
  11. ^ a b Continuing to Deal: Stamps send Phillips to Ottawa
  12. ^ a b c d Riders acquire Boudreaux in trade with Ticats
  13. ^ a b c d Bombers deal Cory Watson to Saskatchewan
  14. ^ a b Ticats deal Kromah to Bombers
  15. ^ a b c d Back where he started: Taylor traded to Montreal
  16. ^ a b Riders acquire rush end Alex Hall in trade with Bombers
  17. ^ a b Bombers release Goltz, acquire Brohm from Ticats
  18. ^ a b Ticats send pick to BC to acquire Seydou Junior Haidara
  19. ^ a b Esks acquire Darcy Brown in trade with Tiger-Cats
  20. ^ a b Argos acquire Dwight Anderson in trade with Riders
  21. ^ a b Blue Bombers pick up backup QB Portis in trade with Argos
  22. ^ Stamps sign Shell, acquire Webb, release Hefney
  23. ^ Esks acquire OL in Ti-Cat trade
  24. ^ a b ESKS SELECT DB IN SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT