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April 4, 2019

CFL unveils plan and draft order for first ever European draft

Johany Jutras/

TORONTO — The Canadian Football League (CFL) announced that a one-round European player draft will take place on Thursday, April 11. CFL teams will be able to draft any of the 18 ‘global’ players that participated in the CFL Combine presented by New Era in March.

» Who is eligible for the European Draft?
» Global player results from the CFL Combine
» Rewind: CFL-LFA Draft

Following a weighted draft with all nine CFL clubs, the draft order for the European draft is as follows:


1 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
2 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
3 Montreal Alouettes
4 Edmonton Eskimos
5 Toronto Argonauts
6 Saskatchewan Roughriders
7 BC Lions
9 Calgary Stampeders



This marks the second draft the CFL has conducted in 2019 involving ‘global’ players, the first taking place in Mexico on January 14. 

Fans can follow along’s draft tracker followed by extensive analysis and reaction following the completion of the draft.

To review the ‘global’ player testing result from combine, click here.

The 2019 CFL Draft takes place on May 2, followed by training camps which are set to open on May 19. The 2019 season begins on June 13 when the Saskatchewan Roughriders face off against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Fans can stay up to date on all the non-stop action at, follow the 2019 season from around the world, and join us at a game. The 107th Grey Cup presented by Shaw will be played at McMahon Stadium in Calgary on Sunday, November 24.


Jordan Bouah WR Saddleback College Gauchos Rome, Italy
Valentin Gnahoua DL Berlin Rebels Le Mans, France
Thiadric Hansen LB Potsdam Royals Flensburg, Germany
Marc Anthony Hor DL Frankfurt Universe Mannheim, Germany
Kimi Linnainmaa WR Helsinki Roosters Espoo, Finland
Mads Nielsen DL Copenhagen Towers Vejle, Denmark
Frederik Nielsen WR Potsdam Royals Aalborg, Denmark
Okko Outinen DE Helsinki Roosters Hämeenlinna, Finland
Benjamin Plu WR Thonon-les-Bains Black Panthers Le Mans, France
Asnnel Robo RB University de Montreal Cayenne, France
Maxime Rouyer LB McGill Troyes, France
Roni Salonen LB Braunschweig New Yorker Lions Vantaa, Finland
Hendrik Schwarz WR Marburg Mercenaries Marburg, Germany
Arttu Tennberg OL Porvoo Butchers Helsinki, Finland
Alessandro Vergani OL Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns Monza, Italy
Sonny Weishaupt QB Grenoble Centaures Aschaffenburg, Germany
Max Earvin Zimmermann WR Potsdam Royals Berlin, Germany
Johannes Zirngibl DE Straubing Spiders Landau, Germany