May 3, 2018

Lions draft OL Peter Godber third overall

Rice University

TORONTO — The BC Lions have drafted Rice offensive lineman Peter Godber with the third overall pick in the 2018 CFL Draft.

Godber played in and started in 12 regular season games at guard with the Rice Owls in 2017. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound, Toronto, Ont. native finished his career at Rice by playing in 48 games and started the last 35 of them at guard. He made 19 consecutive starts after missing the fifth game of his junior year with an injury.

The Leos doubled down on the first round, taking Georgia State DL Julien Laurent with the seventh overall pick.  Laurent appeared in 33 games over three seasons at Georgia State tallying 36 defensive tackles and a sack. The Toronto native was an Honorable Mention All-Sun Belt selection as a senior in 2017 helping anchor a defense that established a school record for fewest points allowed per game and fewest rushing yards surrendered per game.

“We’re pleased and excited to be welcoming two excellent young football players to the BC Lions,” said Hervey. “From the outset of this process a number of months ago, our number one goal was to add players who can help our team right now. We have begun to do that today.”

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The move addresses an immediate need on the Lions’ offensive line, a group that allowed the most sacks in the league in 2017.