The Saskatchewan Roughriders are pleased to announce they have selected University of Oklahoma offensive lineman Josiah St. John with the first overall pick in the 2016 CFL Draft.
St. John (6’5 – 309 lbs.) has been selected by the Green and White after spending the last three seasons with the Sooners. In 2015 the Toronto, ON native played in seven NCAA conference games, starting four games at right tackle. St. John played in eight conference games in 2014 after redshirting the 2013 season.
Prior to Oklahoma, St. John spent the 2012 season in Junior College with the Trinity Valley Cardinals.
The Riders picked up 6 more later:
Round 3 – 24th overall DB Elie Bouka Calgary
Round 3 – 26th overall K/P Quinn Van Gylswyk UBC
Round 4 – 35th overall DL David Onyemata Manitoba
Round 5 – 36th overall LB Alex Ogbongbemiga Calgary
Round 6 – 52nd overall OL Alex McKay Manitoba
Round 8 – 62nd overall WR Joshua Stanford Kansas
With the 24th overall selection the Riders took defensive back Elie Bouka from the University of Calgary. In eight conference games last season, the 23 year old picked up 14.5 defensive tackles and one interception for the Dinos.
With the 26th overall selection the Green and White picked kicker Quinn Van Gylswyk from the University of British Columbia. Last season the Victoria, BC native made 24 of 28 field goal attempts and added 56 punts for 2,442 yards on his way to being named a First Team CIS All-Canadian and Canada West All-Star. The 25-year-old was part of the Thunderbirds team that won the 2015 Vanier Cup.
With the 45th overall selection the Riders then picked up defensive lineman David Onyemata from the University of Manitoba. Last season, the 23-year-old picked up his second straight Canada West All-Star nod and first selection as a CIS All-Canadian. He was also invited to participate in the 2016 East-West Shrine game.
With their fifth round pick, 36th overall, the Riders selected linebacker Alex Ogbongbemiga from the University of Calgary. Last season the Calgary native picked up 20 defensive tackles and one sack for the Dinos.
With their pick in the sixth round, 52nd overall the Riders selected offensive lineman Alex McKay out of the University of Manitoba. The Winnipeg native started and played in all eight conference regular season games and one playoff game in 2015. The 25-year-old tackle has played four years at Manitoba and was a 2013 Canada West All-Star.
With their final selection, 62nd overall, the Riders selected Joshua Stanford from Kansas University. The 21-year-old Mississauga, Ontario native spent three seasons at Virginia Tech before transferring to the Jayhawks. In 22 career NCAA collegiate games, Stanford picked 51 receptions for 751 yards and one touchdown.
(Riders Press Release)