TORONTO — Two highly-regarded Canadian prospects could find their first CFL homes on Wednesday, as the 2015 CFL Supplemental Draft takes place at 1 p.m. EDT.
Defensive backs Garrett Waggoner of Dartmouth and Jarret Chapman of Central Michigan will be up for grabs and available for all nine CFL teams to pick up based on which team forfeits the highest pick in next year’s draft.
This year’s draft is particularly noteworthy, ranked by TSN Draft guru Duane Forde as the best class since 2011 when Alex Ellis, Kito Poblah and Ted Laurent were selected.
#CFL Supplemental Draft is Wed.- includes DBs Garrett Waggoner (Dartmouth) & Jarret Chapman (CMU). Best Supplemental Draft class since 2011.
— Duane Forde (@DuaneFordeTSN) May 19, 2015
These players are part of the supplemental draft because they were ruled as Canadian nationals too late to be included in the 2015 CFL Draft. Each CFL team, in the reverse order of the 2015 CFL Draft, will have the option to bid on a player in the supplemental draft by forfeiting a pick in next year’s CFL Draft.
The guidelines for the supplemental draft are as follows:
Clubs who wish to participate in the Supplemental Draft will be contacted on an individual basis and will be asked to submit their draft selections by order of waiver priority (each Club will be advised of the preceding Club’s bid). For example, Calgary will start the draft with the chance to offer a seventh round pick in the 2016 CFL Draft and move upwards through waiver priority.
The team willing to forfeit the highest original pick in the 2016 draft will get the player, while the process will repeat for the second player in the draft.
Jeremy O’Day (Toronto, 1997), Noel Prefontaine (Toronto, 1998), Paul Pearson (Calgary, 1978) and Ted Laurent (Edmonton, 2011) are among the most notable players selected in the Supplemental Draft, in which 27 players have been taken in total since 1957.
Waggoner, a six-foot-one, 225-pound defensive back will be the first to go in the draft. The Sarasota, Fla. native achieved the distinction of playing in the most games (42) of any Dartmouth football player in history and racked up a full case of awards while at Dartmouth:
• 2013: co-recipient of the John M. Manley ’40 Award “as the player who demonstrated the most improvement through his efforts in the weight room.”
• 2012: recipient of Dartmouth football’s Bob Blackman Award for the player who most contributed to the success of the team.
• 2010: recipient of the Doten Award for making a significant contribution to the success of the team as a sophomore.
Waggoner is a leader both on the field and off. One of three team captains in 2013, he clinched the season’s final game with an interception. Throughout his five-year Dartmouth career he hit hard and he hit often, racking up tackles in every game.
In 2013 he finished fifth on the team in tackles (48) and third in passes defended (6), while in 2012 he was tied for team lead in interceptions (2), passes defended (5), and fumbles forced (2). He lead the team in tackles and solo stops in 2010, and earned a reputation for consistency by dropping at least one tackle per game in 2013.
If drafted, he would become a third-generation CFLer – his father was a draft pick of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and his grandfather played for the Ticats from 1951 to 1957. Waggoner recently became a Canadian citizen.
Chapman, a six-foot, 194-pound defensive back, was voted a team captain in 2014 by the CMU Chippewas. From 2012-2014 he appeared in all games save two (due to injury). For each of the past three years he has achieved a season high of at least eight tackles in one game – eight in a 42-28 loss to Toledo in 2014, ten at North Carolina State in 2013, and ten (including nine solos) at Northern Illinois in 2012.
— Justin Dunk (@JDunk12) May 15, 2015
Chapman was a stalwart contributor for the Chippewas throughout his involvement in their football program. In 2013 he ranked sixth on the team in tackles (54 total, including 25 solos – up from 51 tackles in 2012) and his four pass break-ups tied him for second on the team.
Both players are expected to be selected in this year’s Supplemental Draft.
National safety Mike Dubuisson was the only player selected in 2014.