On April 15th we will see the CFL’s second ever Global Draft. A draft for football players across the world to have the opportunity to play professional football in North America. In 2019 the CFL started its partnership with international countries and their football leagues to provide these opportunities and after a successful 2019 CFL season with international talent on each of the 9 CFL teams the league looks to have an even better 2021 CFL Global Draft, with players from all countries, not just Mexico like it was in 2019.
This year’s CFL Global Draft already looks better than the 2019 one, and tomorrow at 1:00 PM EDT we’ll have the chance to see it all play out. The B.C Lions will be selecting at first overall, but who will they take? Who is the best player in this year’s Global Draft?
Well, there isn’t really one good player in the Draft, there are many good players and luckily for the Ottawa Redblacks who will be picking at 9th overall there will be some talent there to help their team needs.
Looking in at the deep draft class this year, one name that may stick out the most looking at the Ottawa Redblacks’ need at receiver is Anthony Mahoungou. Mahoungou is originally from France, though after playing High School Football across the pond in the United States he has been outliving his dream to play American football. The 6-foot-3, 210 pound receiver played University Division One football with the Purdue Boilermakers, playing in 20 total games over the span of his NCAAF career he caught 61 receptions for 880 yards and 8 touchdowns, 40 catches, 688 yards and all of the 8 touchdowns did come in his senior season though. Earning him the opportunity to spend the 2018 NFL Training Camp and Pre-Season with the Philadelphia Eagles before actually being signed and cut by the Edmonton Football Team in the CFL as an American, before the Global player rules came in 2019. Anthony Mahoungou has spent the last two years playing football over seas with the Frankfurt Universe/Galaxy and despite being 27 years old he may be the safest pick for any team in this year’s CFL Global Draft considering what he’s done against division one talent as well as the time he spent in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Another player with NFL experience and doesn’t have any problems age wise is 23 year old defensive back, and linebacker Tigie Sankoh. Sankoh has spent the last two NFL seasons as a part of the Cleveland Browns practice squad, practicing against receivers like Odell Beckham Jr, Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins and KhaDarel Hodge. He got that opportunity through the NFL’s International Pathway Program that they started in 2019, and since then he has received great coaching from people with CFL, and NFL experience, really growing as a player. Eventually Sankoh was released by the Browns, but it wasn’t long after that the Ingolstadt Praetorians of the European Football League signed him. At 23 years old, with 2 years of NFL experience behind him, the Baltimore born-London raised defensive back could be a great player on any team in the CFL and could be coached into being an impact player in his first year in the CFL, something that coaches are hoping to see out of Global players in 2021.
An impact Global player may not be seen on all 9 teams in 2021 but considering the deep CFL Global Draft class this year it could come to fruition and there is a strong chance one of the offensive linemen available in this year’s Global Draft could be the best to be drafted. Possibly the best player in this year’s CFL Global Draft, and like Anthony Mahoungou, one of the safest draft picks for the Global Draft would be offensive lineman Chris Ferguson out of the University of Cincinnati. Ferguson was a part of the University of Cincinnati Bearcats football team for 6 years, from 2014 all the way through the 2019 NCAA season but was only able to get playing time in the last two seasons of eligibility that he had. In 2018 and 2019 combined he was able to start in all 25 of the team’s games, helping the Bearcats have one of the best rushing attacks in the NCAA in both seasons, while also being recognized as a 2019 team captain in Cincinnati. With NFL hopes still behind him and the ability to play multiple positions on the offensive line Ferguson could be a major pickup for any CFL team in need of an offensive lineman, like Denmark’s Steven Nielsen. Nielsen, like Chris Ferguson has played multiple positions on the offensive line at the NCAAF division one level, and even some defensive line here and there having played in 49 games over the span of 4 seasons at Eastern Michigan. At 6-foot-8, 307 pounds Nielsen provides great reach and size with the ability to be a key player on a CFL offensive line if he is given the right opportunity come tomorrow at 1:00 for the CFL’s Global Draft.
Alongside Nielsen, Mahoungou, Sankoh and Ferguson there are several other great players to be drafted in this year’s CFL Global Draft, but some are still better than others. Left on the list of players that could be a good fit for the Ottawa Redblacks who pick at 9th, 10th, 27th and 28th overall in the 2021 CFL Global Draft would be Montreal University receiver Kevin Kaya of France who at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds caught 45 passes for just under 600 yards in 2019 earning himself the nod as a second team All-Canadian in University, Justin Rodney a 25 year old, 5-foot-7 running back who clocked his 40 yard dash at 4.37, hit 23 bench press reps at 225 pounds all after rushing and receiving for an all-purpose 1,018 yards and 12 touchdowns in the 2019 season with the Frankfurt Universe and defensive stars Thomas Schaffer, and Austria native of Stanford University who led the school with 3 sacks in 2020, Alex Jenkins who has spent 3 seasons in the NFL and one in the XFL as well as Chris Mulumba who at 6-foot-4, 285 pounds is likely the most accomplished defensive lineman in the 2021 CFL Global Draft with 24 games played at the university of Colorado where he made 55 tackles, 4 tackles for loss as well as 2 sacks.
All of the players named, and more have the ability to be great players in the CFL and are some of the best available in tomorrow’s CFL Global Draft so keep all eyes on the players named and stay tuned for the Ottawa Redblacks’ selections at 9th, 10th, 27th and 28th overall.