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Stampeders Trade up for Two First Round Picks

After a pre-draft trade the Calgary Stampeders took defensive back Benjamin Labrosse and offensive lineman Christy Nkanu in the first round.

<em>Photo courtesy Joe PimentelMcGill Athletics<em>

With the 4th overall pick in the 2024 CFL draft the Calgary Stampeders selected Benjamin Labrosse from McGill University. The Quebec born defensive back spent 2023 focusing on his studies but in 2022 registered 35 total tackles and 3 interceptions. On 4 punt returns Labrosse average 19.8 yards per return and on 6 kick returns he average 20.2 yards per. The 6 foot tall cornerback tied for the fastest 40-yard dash at the combine at 4.51 seconds and finished first in the broad jump being the only player at the combine to surpass 11 feet.

After a trade with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Calgary gave up the 13th and 14th overall pick in exchange for the 8th overall pick in the first and the 28th pick in the third round.

Calgary took Washington State offensive lineman Christy Nkanu with the 8th pick. Standing just over 6 feet and weighing in at 309lbs at the combine Nkanu put up 18 reps at the bench press. Nkanu began his collegiate career playing for Southern Utah were he started 8 games. Between the two schools he has played every position across the offensive line and even spent a brief period playing on defensive line in 2019.

In the third round the Stamps picked up defensive lineman George Idoko from the University of Saskatchewan. In his collegiate career he recorded 4 sacks and 43 total tackles. In 2023 he was selected to be a Canada West All-Star. They selected another defensive lineman with their next pick, taking Jason Janvier-Messier from York University with the 33rd overall pick. In 12 games played for York Janvier-Messier had 37 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks. He also managed 4 pass deflections and 1 forced fumble.

In Round 5 and 6 the Stampeders elected pick up Paul-Antoine Oullette with the 42nd pick and Tanner McLachlan with the 51st overall pick. Oulette, listed as a fullback, has filled the role of tight end as well as long snapper during his time playing for Montreal. McLachlan played two seasons for the Arizona Wildcats during which time he was listed as tight end, but is currently listed as fullback by the Stampeders. With the Wildcats he had 79 receptions for 984 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Rounding out the draft for Calgary was the selection of two Canadian defensive backs. Jackson Sombach, drafted 60th overall from Regina University had 103 total tackles and 2 interceptions in 27 games played for the Rams. The last pick the Stamps made was for Kaylyn St-Cyr from Universite de Montreal. In 2023 he made 15 tackles and had 1 interception with 5 pass deflections. In last years Vanier Cup game St-Cyr had 2.5 tackles in the winning effort for Montreal.

The Calgary Stampeders 2024 draft order:

Round 1- 4th overall pick: Benjamin Labrosse. DB – McGill

Round 1- 8th overall pick: Christy Nkanu. OL – Washington State

Round 3- 28th overall pick: George Idoko. DL – Saskatchewan

Round 4- 33rd overall pick: Jason Janvier-Messier. DL – York

Round 5- 42nd overall pick: Paul-Antoine Oullette. FB – Montreal

Round 6- 51st overall pick: Tanner McLachlan. RB – Arizona

Round 7- 60th overall pick: Jackson Sombach. DB – Regina

Round 8- 69th overall pick: Kaylyn St-Cyr. DB – Montreal

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