2021 CFL Global Draft
General information
SportCanadian football
Date(s)April 15, 2021
Time1:00 pm EDT
36 total selections in 4 rounds
First selectionJake Ford, P, BC Lions
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The 2021 CFL Global Draft took place on April 15, 2021 and was the first CFL Draft that pooled all of the global players together after previously having separate drafts for Mexican players and European players in 2019.[1][2][3] 36 players were chosen from among eligible players following a virtual CFL Combine.[4] The order of the draft was determined by random lottery, similar to the system used for the 2021 CFL Draft.[3] As a snake draft, each odd round was in the opposite order of each even round.[3]


The Canadian Football League introduced global players for the 2019 CFL season through the LFA and European drafts where each team was required to have one of these player on the active roster and up to two on the practice roster.[5] The league had planned to have one single draft for global players in 2020 just before the start of the season, but with the 2020 CFL season cancelled, so was this draft.[6][7] The 2020 draft was planned to have five rounds [8]

For the 2021 CFL season, teams are required to keep two global players on the active roster and up to three on the practice roster.[6] Global players are required to sign their first contracts for a length of two years plus a one-year club option.[9]


In the explanations below, (D) denotes trades that took place during the draft, while (PD) indicates trades completed pre-draft.

Round three

Round four

Draft order

Round one

Pick # CFL Team Player Position University/Club Team Nationality
1 BC Lions Jake Ford P Ouachita Baptist Australia Australia
2 Edmonton Football Team Steven Nielsen OL Eastern Michigan Denmark Denmark
3 Toronto Argonauts Tigie Sankoh DB Kent Exiles United Kingdom Great Britain
4 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Les Maruo LB UTSA Japan Japan
5 Saskatchewan Roughriders Christopher Ezeala RB Ingolstadt Dukes Germany Germany
6 Montreal Alouettes Joseph Zema P Incarnate Word Australia Australia
7 Calgary Stampeders Cody Grace P Arkansas State Australia Australia
8 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Joel Whitford P Washington Australia Australia
9 Ottawa Redblacks Anthony Mahoungou REC Purdue France France

Round two

Pick # CFL Team Player Position University/Club Team Nationality
10 Ottawa Redblacks Tyron Vrede LB North Dakota Netherlands Netherlands
11 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Chris Mulumba DL Colorado Finland Finland
12 Calgary Stampeders Franklin Agbasimere DL Missouri Nigeria Nigeria
13 Montreal Alouettes Akio Yamagishi LB Fujitsu Frontiers Japan Japan
14 Saskatchewan Roughriders Kaare Vedvik P Marshall Norway Norway
15 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Tomoya Machino OL Fujitsu Frontiers Japan Japan
16 Toronto Argonauts Toshiki Sato K IBM Big Blue Japan Japan
17 Edmonton Football Team Misiona Aiolupotea-Pei DL Washington State New Zealand New Zealand
18 BC Lions Bo Qiao Li DL Charleston China China

Round three

Pick # CFL Team Player Position University/Club Team Nationality
19 BC Lions Takeru Yamasaki K Elecom Kobe Finies Japan Japan
20 Edmonton Football Team Tibo Debaillie DL Towson Belgium Belgium
21 Calgary Stampeders
(via Toronto[trade 1])
Aaron Donkor LB Arkansas State Germany Germany
22 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Ayo Oyelola LB Nottingham United Kingdom Great Britain
23 Saskatchewan Roughriders Jon Henry Nell K N/A (Baltimore Brigade) South Africa South Africa
24 Montreal Alouettes Taku Lee RB Obic Seagulls Japan Japan
25 Calgary Stampeders Isaac Alarcón OL Monterrey IT Mexico Mexico
26 Hamilton Tiger-Cats David Izinyon LB Rostock Griffins United Kingdom Great Britain
27 Ottawa Redblacks Chris Ferguson OL Cincinnati The Bahamas The Bahamas

Round four

Pick # CFL Team Player Position University/Club Team Nationality
28 Ottawa Redblacks Tony Anderson DB Grand View France France
29 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Dominik Eberle K Utah State Germany Germany
30 Toronto Argonauts
(via Calgary[trade 1])
Max Duffy P Kentucky Australia Australia
31 Montreal Alouettes William James DB North Dakota Sweden Sweden
32 Saskatchewan Roughriders Sebastien Sagne REC Frankfurt Universe Finland Finland
33 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Arryn Siposs P Auburn Australia Australia
34 Toronto Argonauts Sammis Reyes REC Tulane Chile Chile
35 Edmonton Football Team Matt Leo DE Iowa State Australia Australia
36 BC Lions Niklas Gustav DL Morningside Germany Germany

See also


Trade references

  1. ^ a b c d "Argos acquire rights to three, including Rogers, in trade with Stamps". Canadian Football League. January 31, 2021. Retrieved January 31, 2021.

General references

  1. ^ "CFL to hold global player combines in Europe, Mexico and, and Japan". press.cfl.ca. November 5, 2019. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  2. ^ "CFL Global Draft rescheduled as lead-in event prior to training camp". Canadian Football League. March 24, 2020. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "CFL calendar busy with free agency, virtual combines, drafts". Canadian Football League. February 4, 2021. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  4. ^ "CFL Combine presented by New Era goes virtual". Canadian Football League. January 22, 2021. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  5. ^ "Global additions set to make history in Week 1". Canadian Football League. June 11, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "CFL Combine planned for Paris, France in 2020". press.cfl.ca. October 4, 2019. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  7. ^ "CFL cancels 2020 season, 'committed' to 2021". tsn.ca. Canadian Press. August 17, 2020.
  8. ^ Dunk, Justin (December 7, 2020). "CFL plans to host Global Combine in Toronto prior to 2021 season". 3DownNation.
  9. ^ Dunk, Justin (January 7, 2020). "The comprehensive CFL collective bargaining agreement". 3DownNation. p. 35 – via Canadian Football League. Collective Bargaining Agreement