On Monday, another CFL-to-NFL story was created when Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive end Jonathan Woodard signed a reserve/future deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. The team also added former Ottawa cornerback Brandin Dandridge on the same day.
Woodard had spent time in the NFL prior to heading up North, but never had much of an impact. He was originally taken in the 7th round of the 2016 draft from Central Arkansas, and spent time with four different teams (Jaguars, Falcons, Dolphins, Bills) before 2021. Over that span, he recorded just 10 tackles and a sack.
Last season, he searched for a larger role in the CFL, which ended up being a great decision. He played in 14 games, recording 22 tackles, 10 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. His 10 sacks were the second-most by any player in the league, only trailing teammate AC Leonard (11).
At the age of 28, Woodard isn’t exactly the youngest prospect, but the Chiefs are a great landing spot for him to continue developing. The team already has some great pieces on the defensive line, such as Chris Jones and Frank Clark. Under their guidance, Woodard has another shot to prove his dominance, and this time, he brings more professional experience from the stint in Saskatchewan.
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