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PR: Australian Jake Ford Selected First Overall In The 2021 CFL Global Draft

36 global players drafted from 18 different countries

Thursday, April 15, 2021 — TORONTO (April 15, 2021) — The Canadian Football League (CFL) is proud to welcome 36 global players into the league today, following the four round Global Draft. The BC Lions selected Australian punter/kicker Jake Ford with the first overall pick.

“I’m really excited to get back to the west coast,” said Ford from his home in Arkansas.

“I visited Vancouver in 2016 and just fell in love with it. Talking with coach Campbell and coach Yanowsky and hearing what they have planned for me has me even more thrilled for the opportunity to wear Lions orange.”

The Global Draft saw players drafted from 18 different countries. Below is the breakdown of drafted play by country:

7 – Australia
6 – Japan
4 – Germany
3 – Great Britain
2 – Finland and France
1 – Bahamas, Belgium, Chile, China, Denmark, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, South Africa and Sweden

Below are the selections from each round.

1BCJake FordP/KAustralia
2EdmontonSteven NielsenOLDenmark
3TorontoTigie SankohDBGreat Britain
4WinnipegLes MaruoLBJapan
5SaskatchewanChristopher EzealaRBGermany
6MontrealJoseph ZemaPAustralia
7CalgaryCody Grace    PAustralia
8HamiltonJoel WhitfordPAustralia
9OttawaAnthony MahoungouRECFrance
10 OttawaTyron VredeLBNetherlands 
11HamiltonChris MulumbaDLFinland 
12CalgaryFranklin AgbasimereDLNigeria 
13MontrealAkio YamagishiLBJapan 
14SaskatchewanKaare VedvikPNorway 
15WinnipegTomoya MachinoOLJapan 
16TorontoToshiki SatoKJapan 
17EdmontonMisiona Aiolupotea-PeiDLNew Zealand 
18BCBo Qiao LiDLChina 
19BCTakeru YamasakiKJapan 
20EdmontonTibo DebaillieDLBelgium 
21Calgary via TORAaron DonkorLBGermany 
22WinnipegAyo OyelolaLBGreat Britain 
23SaskatchewanJohn Henry NellKSouth Africa 
24MontrealTaku LeeRBJapan 
25CalgaryIsaac AlarconOLMexico 
26HamiltonDavid IzinyonLBGreat Britain 
27OttawaChristopher FergusonOLBahamas 
28OttawaTony AndersonDBFrance 
29HamiltonDominik EberleKGermany 
30Toronto via CGYMax DuffyPAustralia 
31MontrealWilliam JamesDBSweden 
32SaskatchewanSebastien SagneRECFinland 
33WinnipegArryn SipossPAustralia 
34TorontoSammis ReyesRECChile 
35EdmontonMatt LeoDEAustralia 
36BCNiklas GustavDLGermany 

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