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Last night was the 2021 CFL Global Draft where we saw three British players get drafted in amongst a flurry of Aussie punters!

Tigie Sankoh 2021 CFL Global Draft
Toronto Argonauts Football Club

We’ll get this part out of the way. 11 out of the 36 players drafted into the Canadian Football League last night were kickers or punters, including the first overall pick Jake Ford. So the CFL seem to think that kickers do matter. The Global CFL Draft consisted of three rounds and we saw players from 18 different countries get drafted including three Britballers. There were also 7 Aussies, 6 Japanese, 4 German and a smattering of other nationalities taken.

The first British player off the board was Tigie Sankoh (pictured above) to the Toronto Argonauts. A former member of the Cleveland Browns via the NFL’s International Player Pathway Program, Sankoh has a pro build and tremendous athleticism. PFF seemed to like Sankoh as they graded his preseason snaps as a starting caliber defensive back.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers took the second Brit, Ayo Oyelola, a linebacker, also originally part of NFLs international player pathway program. Oyelola is known for being excellent in coverage but he may have slipped due to injury as he didn’t run too well at his pro day. He could project to be more than just a great special teams contributor.

David Izinyon was drafted with the 26th pick and is signing with the Hamilton Tiger Cats. A physical specimen with outstanding measurables and a ferocious attitude on the field, he’ll take the wind out of your lungs when he comes downhill.

Watching this draft unfold was fascinating as more and more punters ceremoniously came off the board, it was evident that hardly any offensive players were being picked. While you see skill players dominate the top of the NFL draft board, only four were taken (five if you count fullbacks) in the 2021 CFL Global Draft. Maybe skill players just aren’t developed enough outside of North America or maybe it was just a bad year.

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