TORONTO — With the 2018 season in the books, work begins on 2019 planning for the nine CFL teams. In addition to February’s free agent deadline, clubs are prepping for March’s Combine season which will eventually lead up to May’s Draft.
The Toronto Argonauts and general manager Jim Popp hold all the cards this year with the first overall pick in the draft and the priority selection order in each following round with the exception of round eight.
To see a complete rundown of all eight rounds and the picks assigned to each CFL team, check out the 2019 CFL.ca Draft Tracker.
Johnstone signed with the Los Angeles Chargers in 2016 after going undrafted that year but spent the entire season on the injured list before being released. Johnstone was an invite at the NFL Combine where he benched 24 reps.
A former Oregon Duck, Johnstone anchored the offensive line at left tackle in 39 career games en route to being named a first team All Pac-12 and second team All American.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers own two first round picks, selecting fourth and fifth before picking again with the 14th overall spot.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who have stockpiled picks via trades the last couple of years, will own five of the first 22 picks in the Draft.
Here is a look at the priority draft order for 2019:
1. Toronto Argonauts 2. Montreal Alouettes 3. Hamilton Tiger-Cats 4. Edmonton Eskimos 5. BC Lions 6. Winnipeg Blue Bombers 7. Saskatchewan Roughriders 8. Ottawa REDBLACKS 9. Calgary Stampeders.
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