2019 CFL–LFA Draft
|2019 CFL–LFA Draft|
|Date(s)||January 14, 2019|
|Time||10:00 am CST|
|27 total selections in 3 rounds|
|First selection||Diego Jair Viamontes Cotera, WR, Edmonton Eskimos|
The 2019 CFL–LFA Draft took place on January 14, 2019. 27 players were chosen from an invited pool of 51 Mexican players: 34 from the Liga de Fútbol Americano Profesional (LFA) (a professional American football league) and 17 seniors from Mexican university teams.
In October 2018, Canadian Football League commissioner Randy Ambrosie outlined a plan to grow the CFL's presence, which he dubbed CFL 2.0, including growth internationally. In November 2018, the LFA signed a non-binding Letter of Intent with the CFL to share resources and to allow for at least one CFL game to be played in Mexico, as wells as lay the ground work for special Mexican-specific editions of the CFL Combine and CFL Draft.
On January 11, 2019, 51 players from the LFA and Mexican college ranks were announced as participants in a combine to beheld on January 13 and a 27-player draft to be held on January 14, 2019. Each CFL team sent scouts and were reported to likely receive four picks. Consensus after the combine was that 6-18 players were of (or could be made into) CFL camp caliber, but that a majority of players had no professional potential. This lead to criticism of commissioner Ambrosie for spending time and resources on this additional draft, when a collective bargaining agreement with the CFLPA still had not been reached. Originally, there were plans for a 4-round 36-player draft but, after the combine and interviews, was scaled back to a 3-round, 27-player draft. BC Lions General Manager Ed Hervey was reported to have, "settled for athletic and the ability to speak English" in player evaluations. It was not reported if drafted players would count towards a team's National or International slots.
On January 12, 2019, the LFA held their own domestic 66-player draft in advance of the CFL's draft.
Unlike the normal CFL Draft, which sets selection order based on a team's record the previous season (similar to the NFL Draft), the CFL–LFA draft instead used a weighted lottery system where teams receive more balls in a selection bin depending on their record, with more balls increasing the chance at a higher draft priority (similar to the NBA Draft). The draft order was set the night before the draft: The Edmonton Eskimos received the first pick, despite Edmonton's general manager and head coach both skipping the combine and draft process, sending a subordinate instead. Edmonton GM Brock Sunderland in particular was largely dismissive of the entire process.
|Pick #||CFL Team||Lottery weight|
(% chance for 1st pick)
|1||Edmonton Eskimos||6/45 (13.3%)|
|2||Ottawa Redblacks||2/45 (4.4%)|
|3||Montreal Alouettes||8/45 (17.8%)|
|4||Toronto Argonauts||9/45 (20%)|
|5||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||7/45 (15.6%)|
|6||Saskatchewan Roughriders||3/45 (6.7%)|
|7||BC Lions||5/45 (11.1%)|
|8||Winnipeg Blue Bombers||4/45 (8.9%)|
|9||Calgary Stampeders||1/45 (2.2%)|
- Dan Barnes (January 11, 2019). "'FUN ELEMENT': CFL set for inaugural draft of Mexican talent".
- "Mexico's top talent selected at CFL-LFA Draft". cfl.ca. January 14, 2019.
- SUN, Toronto; Sports; Football; Cfl; Share CFL combine, draft in Mexico 'important first step' to expand brand Tumblr Pinterest Google Plus Reddit LinkedIn Email; Tumblr; Pinterest; Plus, Google; Reddit; LinkedIn; Email (11 January 2019). "CFL combine, draft in Mexico 'important first step' to expand brand - Toronto Sun".
- "Randy's Word: Talking CFL 2.0". 3 October 2018.
- "CFL, LFA sign letter of intent to grow football in Canada and Mexico". Retrieved 2018-11-23.
- Naylor, David William (13 January 2019). "Consensus from talking to CFL coaches and GM's at Mexico City combine: of the 50 players here, roughly a half-dozen would not look out of place in a CFL camp, another dozen could be developed into camp-worthy players and roughly 30 have no CFL pro potential. #CFL".
- Edwards, Drew. "Mexican combine produces six players who 'would not look out of place in a CFL camp' - 3DownNation".
- Barnes, Dan (13 January 2019). "The original thought was to have a two-round draft in Mexico, then perhaps a four-round affair to choose top prospects and long-term projects but it was dependent on talent. CFL personnel decided on three rounds. Happy medium".
- Province, The; Sports; Football; Cfl; Lions, B. C.; Share Mexican combine, CBA talks make for unusual off-season: Lions' Hervey Tumblr Pinterest Google Plus Reddit LinkedIn Email; Tumblr; Pinterest; Plus, Google; Reddit; LinkedIn; Email; title, Steve Simmons: It's getting close-Raptors just two wins away from NBA; Warriors, Raptors turn in dominant performance to snatch Game 3 win from; facility, Back to the future? Canucks looking at Burnaby 8 Rinks as a practice (17 January 2019). "Mexican combine, CBA talks make for unusual off-season: Lions' Hervey - The Province".
- Hodge, John. "Logistics following LFA draft a problem for CFL - 3DownNation".
- "Mexico: Liga de Futbol Americano Professional holds 2019 Draft". American Football International. 13 January 2019.
- Barnes, Dan (13 January 2019). "Full draft order: EDMONTON, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Hamilton, Sask., BC, Winnipeg, Calgary".
- Edwards, Drew. "Brock Sunderland finally said what we've all been thinking about the CFL in Mexico - 3DownNation".
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