It may have been the wildest opening round in the history of the CFL Draft.
Six trades were made in the first round involving every team except for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
The Ticats traded their 11th and 17th overall selections to Saskatchewan for the 8th overall pick.
With the 8th pick in round 1, Hamilton took Western linebacker Beau Landry and then grabbed Manitoba defensive lineman Evan Gill 9th overall.
Ticats GM and head coach Kent Austin says they “got two of our top five rated players” on their draft board.
Austin says Landry “is a good football player” and a “guy who knows how to play the game and play physical.”
Austin says the Mustangs linebacker is “going to be a really good special teams player initially for us.”
He says getting the player they really coveted was going to be “a really big long shot,” but he admitted that he didn’t think Landry and Gill would be available at 8th and 9th overall.
Hamilton also selected U-of-T linebacker Christopher Johnson (44th), and defensive linemen Mathieu Girard of Montreal (52nd), Stephen Mawa from UBC (53rd) and Martin Pesek of Acadia (62nd).
The expansion Ottawa RedBlacks got the ball rolling on the trade frenzy when they dealt away the first overall selection to Calgary.
The Stampeders sent offensive lineman Jon Gott to Ottawa for the #1 overall pick as well as the playing rights to retired Ticats centre Marwan Hage.
The 28-year-old Gott was drafted by the Stamps in the fifth round of the 2008 CFL Draft after playing at Boise State and was a West Division All-Star in 2013.
Calgary used the 1st pick on Laval offensive lineman Pierre Lavertu.
Winnipeg used the 2nd overall pick on Simon Fraser offensive lineman Matthias Goossen.
Toronto picked up Edmonton’s 3rd overall selection via a trade that sees offensive lineman Tony Washington off to the Eskimos.
The Argos used the pick to take Manitoba running back Anthony Coombs.
The RedBlacks traded QB Kevin Glenn to BC in return for the Lions 5th overall selection.
Ottawa then flipped that pick to Montreal, in return for the Alouettes 4th overall selection, and used its first ever draft pick on University of Montreal defensive back Antoine Pruneau.
The Alouettes took Montreal OL David Foucault at #5.
With the sixth overall selection, Edmonton took St. Francis Xavier receiver Davon Bailey.
Calgary grabbed Queen’s defensive lineman Quinn Smith 7th.
The top ranked player in the CFL Draft, McGill offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, was not taken in the first round.
Austin calls Duvernay-Tardif the best o-line prospect that he has seen from Canada in a long time, but didn’t take him because “he has a chance to stick” in the NFL.
The Sainte Hilaire, Quebec native was selected in last weekend’s NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Calgary selected Duvernay-Tardif with the first pick in the 3rd round.
Three McMaster players were drafted on Tuesday night.
Kicker Tyler Crapigna went in the 5th round to the Stampeders, Winnipeg selected linebacker Aram Eisho in round 6, and long snapper Kevin Malcolm was the last pick in the draft and is off to Ottawa.
|1||Lavertu, Pierre||OL||Laval||Calgary Stampeders via OTT|
|2||Goossen, Matthias||OL||Simon Fraser||Winnipeg Blue Bombers|
|3||Coombs, Anthony||RB||Manitoba||Toronto Argonauts via EDM|
|4||Pruneau, Antoine||DB||Montreal||Ottawa REDBLACKS via MTL|
|5||Foucault, David||OL||Montreal||Montreal Alouettes via OTT via BC|
|6||Bailey, Devon||WR||St. Francis Xavier||Edmonton Eskimos via TOR|
|7||Smith, Quinn||DL||Concordia||Calgary Stampeders|
|8||Landry, Beau||LB||Western||Hamilton Tiger-Cats via SSK via HAM|
|9||Gill, Evan||DL||Manitoba||Hamilton Tiger-Cats via SSK|
|1||Lue, Andrew||DB||Queen’s||Montreal Alouettes via Ott|
|2||Ainsworth, Dylan||DL||Western||Saskatchewan Roughriders via HAM via SSK via WPG|
|3||Player, Tchissakid||OL||Northwestern State||BC Lions via EDM|
|4||MacDonell, Scott||WR||Queen’s||Ottawa REDBLACKS via MTL|
|5||Lochard, Pascal||FB||Laval||BC Lions|
|6||Milton, Aaron||RB||Toronto||Edmonton Eskimos via TOR|
|7||Caron, Max||LB||Concordia||Calgary Stampeders|
|8||Briggs, Jesse||LB||McGill||Winnipeg Blue Bombers via SSK via HAM|
|9||Pierzchalski, Alex||WR||Toronto||Saskatchewan Roughriders|
|1||Duvernay-Tardif, Laurent||OL||McGill||Calgary Stampeders via OTT|
|2||Mark, John||K||Calgary||Saskatchewan Roughriders via WPG|
|3||Dhillon, Jaskaran||DL||UBC||Toronto Argonauts via EDM|
|4||Finley, Jeffrey||DL||Guelph||Montreal Alouettes|
|5||Romick, Nigel||DL||Saint Mary’s||Ottawa REDBLACKS via CGY via BC|
|6||Thibault, Adam||DB||Laval||Calgary Stampeders via WPG via TOR|
|7||Circelli, Joe||OL||Western||Calgary Stampeders|
|8||Bastien, Kristopher||WR||Concordia||Saskatchewan Roughriders via WPG via CGY via HAM|
|9||Chin, Casey||LB||Simon Fraser||BC Lions via SSK|
|1||Wheaton, Aaron||OL||Toronto||Ottawa REDBLACKS|
|2||Jones, Derek||DB||Simon Fraser||Winnipeg Blue Bombers|
|3||Hartmann, Raye||DB||St. Francis Xavier||Edmonton Eskimos|
|4||Tuck, James||DL||York||Montreal Alouettes|
|5||Menard, David||DL||Montreal||BC Lions|
|6||Miles, Thomas||LB||Manitoba||Toronto Argonauts|
|7||Wiggan, Derek||DL||Queen’s||Calgary Stampeders|
|8||Smith, Andrew||WR||Manitoba||Montreal Alouettes via HAM|
|9||Dupuis, Alexandre||FB||Montreal||Toronto Argonauts via SSK|
|1||Desmarais, Hugo||OL||Laval||Ottawa REDBLACKS|
|2||Black, Eric||DB||Saint Mary’s||Toronto Argonauts via WPG|
|3||Webster, Matt||DB||Queen’s||Saskatchewan Roughriders via EDM|
|4||Crapigna, Tyler||K||McMaster||Calgary Stampeders via MTL|
|5||Fox, Alexander||WR||Bishop’s||BC Lions|
|6||Pszczonak, Evan||WR||Windsor||Toronto Argonauts|
|7||Boyd, Nick||K/P||Manitoba||Montreal Alouettes via CGY|
|8||Johnson, Christopher||LB||Toronto||Hamilton Tiger-Cats|
|9||Paterson, Kyle||OL||Regina||Saskatchewan Roughriders|
|1||Miller, Stephon||DL||Windsor||Ottawa REDBLACKS|
|2||Everett, Quinn||DL||Mount Allison||Winnipeg Blue Bombers|
|3||Medeiros, Zackary||K/P||Montreal||Edmonton Eskimos|
|4||Beaulieu, Jean-Christophe||FB||Sherbrooke||Montreal Alouettes|
|5||Roper, Dylan||DL||Simon Fraser||BC Lions|
|6||Corrado, Tore||WR||Simon Fraser||Toronto Argonauts|
|7||Girard, Mathieu||DL||Montreal||Hamilton Tiger-Cats via CGY|
|8||Mawa, Stephen||DL||UBC||Hamilton Tiger-Cats|
|9||Bent, Travis||LB||Concordia||Saskatchewan Roughriders|
|1||Desloges, Vincent||DL||Laval||Ottawa REDBLACKS|
|2||Eisho, Aram||LB||McMaster||Winnipeg Blue Bombers|
|3||Dadzie, Michael||DL||Regina||Edmonton Eskimos|
|4||Sarro, Mackenzie||WR/FB||Calgary||Montreal Alouettes|
|5||Bourassa, Guillaume||RB||Laval||BC Lions|
|6||Fletcher, Kirby||DL||Acadia||Toronto Argonauts|
|7||Marshall, Brian||WR||Western||Calgary Stampeders|
|8||Pesek, Martin||DL||Acadia||Hamilton Tiger-Cats|
|9||Hart, Terry||OL||St. Francis Xavier||Saskatchewan Roughriders|
|10||Bernard, Alexandre||LB||McGill||Ottawa REDBLACKS|
|11||Malcolm, Kevin||LS||McMaster||Ottawa REDBLACKS|