BC Lions select OL Charles Vaillancourt, 7 others at CFL Draft

Dec 19 2017, 9:48 pm

Tuesday’s CFL Draft was a big day for Wally Buono and the B.C. Lions.

It all started with an early trade, as the Lions elected to move from 3rd to 5th overall and in return, bumping their 30th selection up to 23rd. But they weren’t done there…

The Lions then traded again with Hamilton, moving their 21st overall pick to pick up their original 30th overall, as well as the 32nd pick.

Essentially, the Lions traded the 3rd and 21st overall picks and received the 5th, 23rd, and 32nd in return.

Here’s a quick look at every player the Lions drafted on Tuesday.

Charles Vaillancourt

Drafted: 1st round, 5th overall

Size: 6’3″, 329 pounds

Position: Offensive Lineman

The Lions were able to trade down and still get their man, Charles Vaillancourt from Laval University at 5th overall. “He’s big, physical and played in a tremendous system at Laval,” said Lions head coach and GM Wally Buono. “He’ll come here ready to compete for a spot in training camp.”

Anthony Thompson

Drafted: 2nd round, 12th overall

Size: 6’0″, 205 pounds

Position: Defensive Back

The Montreal native had 55 tackles last season with South Illinois. “Anthony has the potential to be a ratio changer” said Lions legend and Director of CIS Scouting, Geroy Simon. “He can play all three spots in the secondary, he’s got incredible speed and great defensive instincts.”

Brett Blaszko

Drafted: 3rd round, 23rd overall

Size: 6’4″, 204 pounds

Position: Wide Receiver

Blaszko played the last three seasons with the University of Calgary, including eight games this season. In those games, Blaszko had 47 receptions for 745 yards and ten touchdowns.

Dillon Guy

Drafted: 4th round, 30th overall

Size: 6’4″, 310 pounds

Position: Offensive Lineman

Guy played for the University of Buffalo. Neil McEvoy, Director of Football Ops & Player Personnel, said the Lions had Guy ranked in the 3rd round and were happy to get him at 30th.

Shaq Johnson

Drafted: 4th round, 32nd overall

Size: 5’10”, 178 pounds

Position: Wide Receiver

Johnson spent the past season playing with the London Beefeaters in the Canadian Junior Football League. In nine games, he had 34 receptions for 637 yards and eight touchdowns.

Brennan van Nistelrooy

Drafted: 6th round, 48th overall

Size: 6’0″, 200 pounds

Position: Defensive Back

Van Nistelrooy also spent last season in the CJHL, playing for the Oklahoma Sun. He had 14 solo tackles, four interceptions, one fumble recovery, and one blocked kick in eight games.

Nathan O’Halloran

Drafted: 7th round, 57th overall

Size: 5’11”, 238 pounds

Position: Fullback

O’Halloran played four seasons with the University of Windsor. This past season he recorded fourteen receptions for 187 yards and three touchdowns.

Boyd Richardson

Drafted: 8th round, 65th overall

Size: 6’3″, 235 pounds

Position: Defensive Lineman

A local product, Richardson had 39 tackles along with two fumble recoveries for the UBC Thunderbirds.


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