Today took place the first European draft of the Canadian Football League (CFL or CFL in English). This one-round draft follows an agreement put in place by the CFL with several European football federations. This is the second time in 2019 that the CFL has hosted a draft involving “global” players; the first took place in Mexico on January 14th.
And the least we can say is that the French are popular in Canada. Of the 9 players selected, four are French.
Valentin Gnahoua – defensive end – 1st overall choice
40 VGS: 4.81 seconds – Downward Dev: 24 – Vertical: 31.5
24 years old, he is 1m86 tall and plays in the defensive end position for the Berlin Rebels in Germany. He was trained at the Cayman 72 club (Le Mans). Valentin Gnahoua already has experience in Canada since he played a season for McGill University.
The young Frenchman was therefore selected with the first choice by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and will undoubtedly have the opportunity to shine for his new team.
Asnnel Robo – running back – 3rd overall pick
40 VGS: 4.59 seconds – Downward Dev: 17 – Vertical: 33.5
25 years old, he was born in Cayenne and evolves as a runner. The 1m72 player for 95 kilos was trained at the Marseille Blue Stars.
For 4 years now, he has been wearing the colors of the University of Montreal, which is to say that he too is used to evolving in Canada. And as a symbol, the Montreal team, the Alouettes, chose him in 3rd position.
Maxime Rouyer – linebacker – 4th choice
40 Yields: 4.96 seconds – Downward Dev: 16 – Vertical: 33.5
The 24-year-old player trained at the Troyes Pygargues plays at McGill University as a linebacker.
He is a versatile player who was chosen by the Edmonton Eskimos in 4th position, has him to prove that he can have the same leadership in Alberta as that shown in university.
Benjamin Plu – receiver – 7th choice
40 VGS: 4.89 seconds – Downward Dev: 7 – Vertical: 29.5
Aged 24, the receiver is playing for the Black Panthers in Thonon-les-Bains. He, like Gnahoua, was trained in the Cayman 72 club (Le Mans).
He also passed through McGill University, he will have the opportunity to demonstrate his talent with the British Columbia Lions.
You can find the details of this first round with all the selections by clicking here.