April 15, 2021

Stampeders Select Four In 2021 Global Draft

The Calgary Stampeders made four selections in Thursday’s CFL Global Draft.

Cody Grace
1st round – seventh overall
Previous team: Arkansas State
Height: 6.02
Weight: 228
Born: Mar. 19, 1996
Birthplace: Perth, AUS

An Australian, Grace played three seasons (2017-19) at Arkansas State. In 37 career games with the Red Wolves, he punted 178 times for a 42.1-yard average with his longest punt travelling 75 yards. He also had 42 punts of at least 50 yards and 75 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. In 2017, he became the first player in Arkansas State history to be a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter and was named first-team all-Sun Belt Conference in 2019. He grew up playing Australian rules football at Warwick Senior High School and graduated from Arkansas State with a degree in exercise science.

Franklin Agbasimere
2nd round – 12th overall
Defensive lineman
Previous team: Missouri
Height: 6.02
Weight: 245
Born: June 30, 1995
Birthplace: Lagos, NGA

The Nigerian-born Agbasimere played four seasons (2016-19) at Missouri where he played 26 games for the Tigers. He recorded 10 tackles, including three tackles for loss, and one sack. Agbasimere also received a scholarship offer from New Mexico State. He also saw time on special teams. Agbasimere began playing football in high school at Montverde Academy in Florida where he also competed in track and field. He was a three-star college recruit and majored in economics at Missouri. His first exposure to football came in 2011 when he saw former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis on an ESPN commercial.

Aaron Donkor
3rd round – 21st overall
Defensive lineman
Previous team: Arkansas State
Height: 6.02
Weight: 240
Born: Mar. 21, 1995
Birthplace: Aachen, GER

Donkor played the 2019 season at Arkansas State via the NFL International Player Pathway Program after transferring for New Mexico Military Institute. In six games at Arkansas State, he tallied 25 tackles included 1.5 tackles for loss. He was named an all-American at New Mexico Military Institute where we made 27 tackles and 11.5 sacks over just four games in 2018. Prior to arriving in the United States, he played for Düsseldorf Panther in the German Football League. Prior to football, he played professional basketball in his native Germany.

Isaac Alarcón
3rd round – 25th overall
Offensive lineman
Previous team: Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESEM)
Height: 6.06
Weight: 320
Born: July 27, 1998
Birthplace: Monterrey, MEX

Alarcón played left and right tackle at the Monterrey Institute of Technology where he helped his team win the Mexican college football championship in 2019. He was also named a league all-star that year. He joined the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys on Apr. 27, 2020, as part of the NFL International Player Pathway Program. He was waived by the Cowboys on Sept. 5, 2020, and was then assigned to the team’s practice squad. In 2016, Alarcón was a member of the Mexican national team which won the bronze medal at the U-19 International Association of American Football World Championship.

Calgary had previously made a trade with the Toronto Argonauts which in part included the exchange of Toronto’s third-round pick (21st overall) and the Stamps’ fourth-round pick (30th overall).

In 2019, a Canadian Football League-Liga de Futbol Americano (Mexico) draft was held followed by a CFL European draft.