May 3, 2018

Stamps Select Nine Players In Cfl Draft

The Calgary Stampeders chose a total of nine players in Thursday’s Canadian Football League draft.

The team’s picks were as follows:

Ryan Sceviour
1st round – 8th overall
Offensive lineman
6-foot-4, 305 lbs.

An alumnus of Calgary’s Bowness High School, Sceviour played four seasons at the University of Calgary (2014-17) and dressed in 43 games in his career. He was named a second-team all-Canadian in 2016 and 2017 and helped the Dinos’ offence rush for 1,275 yards in 2017, good for the second-best total in Canada West. His 22 reps on the bench press at the CFL National Combine tied for third among all players.

Eric Mezzalira
2nd round – 17th overall
6-foot-0, 219 lbs.

Mezzalira led the Marauders with 43 tackles in 2017 and had five tackles for loss. The Grimsby, Ont., native added one sack, one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries and one pass breakup. For his career, he played 28 games and registered 95.5 tackles including 8.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries and two pass breakups.

Royce Metchie
3rd round – 25th overall
Defensive back
5-foot-11, 203 lbs.

Metchie was second on the Gryphons with 50 tackles in 2017 and the Brampton, Ont., product also had one sack, one interception and one forced fumble. In 28 career games at Guelph, he recorded 108 tackles including six tackles for loss, one sack, two interceptions, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and nine pass breakups.

David Brown
4th round – 28th overall
Offensive lineman
6-foot-4, 285 lbs.

Brown is a two-time Ontario University Athletics all-star and in 2017 he was named a first-team all-Canadian. He was part of a Mustangs offence that led the country with an average of 48.3 points scored per game. Western then added 261 points in four post-season games.

Justin Lawrence
5th round – 39th overall
Offensive lineman
6-foot, 305 lbs.

Lawrence was a 2017 first-team all-Canadian and blocked for a Canada West-leading rush attack that compiled 1,769 rushing yards. The Spruce Grove, Alta., native was a second-team all-star at centre in 2016 and a first-team all-star at guard in 2015.

William (Dagogo) Maxwell
5th round – 42nd overall
Defensive back
5-foot-10, 197 lbs.

Maxwell, a Calgary native and St. Francis High School graduate, originally enrolled at the University of Calgary Dinos and spent two seasons at receiver. He then transferred to UBC and switched to defensive back. In 2017, he posted 52 total defensive tackles, one tackle for loss, seven knockdowns and one interception. He also returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown and was selected to the U Sports East West Bowl.

Atlee Simon
6th round – 50th overall
Running back
5-foot-10, 199 lbs.

Simon was a Canada West all-star in 2017 as he became the Rams’ all-time leading rusher with 2,943 yards. He finished the 2017 season with 914 rushing yards and three touchdowns while also catching 27 passes for 293 yards and three majors. He had 29 combined rushing and receiving touchdowns in four seasons with the Rams. Simon also competed in track for Regina.

Gabriel Ferraro
7th round – 59th overall
5-foot-9, 178 lbs.

Ferraro accounted for 112 points in eight games for the Gryphons in 2017 as he converted on 33 of 40 field goals (an 82.5-per cent success rate) and 23 of 24 extra points. The 33 field goals were an Ontario conference record and helped him earn first-team all-star honours. Twelve of his field goals were from beyond the 40-yard mark. Ferraro also had a 37.5-yard average on 50 punts. For his career, Ferraro converted 69 of 86 field goals and accumulated a total of 293 points.

8th round – 68th overall
Boston Rowe
5-foot-11, 231 lbs.

Rowe redshirted with the Dinos as a quarterback in 2013 before switching to the defensive side of the ball the following season. He played a total of 35 games collegiately. Rowe made his first Canada West all-star team in 2016 with a team-leading 53.5 total tackles. He was once again a Canada West all-star in 2017 when he finished second on the Dinos with 40 total tackles in addition to 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two knockdowns and three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Rowe attended St. Francis High School in Calgary.