The CFL held its annual entry draft today, with 60 players being selected by the nine teams, including picks by the newly minted Ottawa franchise.
To the surprise of no one, defensive lineman Lindon Gaydosh was selected first overall by the Hamilton Tiger Cats. The 6'4" 305-pound former Dino was the first University of Calgary alumnus to be taken, but not the last.
In fact, U of C set a new school record with three alumni in the first five picks.
Linebacker Mike Edem was taken by the Montreal Alouettes with the third pick overall and running back Steven Lumbala was also selected by Montreal with the fifth pick.
No other university or college would be represented as many times in the first two rounds as Calgary was in the top five.
Eastern Michigan was also well represented in the first round, with alumni coming in the second and fourth picks. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers took defensive end Andy Mulumba with the second pick and the Saskatchewan Roughriders chose offensive lineman Corey Watman with the fourth selection.
Mulumba is a gamble on the Blue Bombers' part as he has already signed a free-agent contract with the Green Bay Packers. Should he make the Packers, the Bombers come up empty in the first round.
Ottawa made picks in each of the first four rounds, giving them a foundation of redshirt athletes to build around leading up to their 2014 debut in the CFL.
With the ninth-overall selection, the as-to-be-named franchise took Iowa offensive lineman Nolan MacMillan. In the second round, they chose Ottawa-native Connor Williams, a defensive end at Utah State. Their third pick was defensive end Kalonji Kashama, another Eastern Michigan representative, and with their final pick, they took tight end Tyler Digby from Robert Morris University. Digby, from New Westminster, BC, is a two-sport athlete, also playing lacrosse for Robert Morris where he is fourth on the team in scoring.
Rounding out the first-round selections, Liberty University offensive lineman Hunter Steward was taken by the BC Lions, the Calgary Stampeders chose non-import offensive lineman Brander Craighead from Texas El Paso and the Toronto Argonauts took offensive lineman Matthew Sewell from McMaster University.
Of all the players chosen this year, not a single one was a quarterback, while only two place kickers and one punter were chosen in the final round.
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