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TORONTO — The BC Lions added one of the draft’s biggest prospects, quite literally, in 6-foot-9 offensive lineman David Knevel to kick off the third round.
Knevel, at 21st overall, was the first offensive lineman taken since the end of the first round, joining Peter Godber as marquee offensive linemen selected by Lions GM Ed Hervey in the draft.
With many of the draft’s biggest names off the board, it was still an eventful third round at the 2018 CFL Draft.
The Als kicked things off with defensive line prospect Bo Banner out of Central Washington, later adding linebacker and 2017 Vanier Cup Champion Jean-Gabriel Poulin with the 23rd overall pick.
Toronto added another potential special teams contributor and an athletic receiving prospect in Montreal pass-catcher Regis Cibasu. Two picks later, the REDBLACKS added their second O-lineman of the draft in Guelph’s Andrew Pickett.
The Eskimos picked Jordan Beaulieu 24th overall, followed by another defensive back going to Calgary in Guelph’s Royce Metchie.
The Bombers closed out the third round with McMaster’s Daniel Petermann at 26.
After a record-setting first round in which seven offensive linemen were selected, Knevel was the eighth off the board. Previously the top-ranked player in the Central Scouting Bureau, the University of Nebraska product could be a ‘futures’ pick for the Lions as he tests NFL waters.
It’s an intriguing pick for the Lions, however, who have focused on the trenches on both sides of the ball.