NFL draft: Quebecer Benjamin St-Juste selected in the 3rd round by the Washington team

Benjamin St-Juste is now part of the select club of Quebecers in the NFL. The cornerback was Washington’s pick late last night in the third round of the draft.

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Just past 10 p.m., the team used the 74th pick in the annual auction to grapple with the former Old Montreal Spartans, who then continued his college career at the University of Michigan and the ‘University of Minnesota.

It was not possible to speak with St-Juste before going to press, but he said on a conference call with the Washington media that his versatility had won over the team, according to what Washington reported. Post.

“I’ll do whatever the team asks me to do, whether it’s playing cornerback, inside or marauder. I think that’s the reason I was chosen. I think that’s why I stood out from the other cornerbacks. Maybe they can only play one position. With my build, my speed and the reps I had at the Senior Bowl as a marauder, I have shown that I can be used in different ways and have an immediate impact on the team, ”he commented.

A rare fact

The one who became the tenth Quebecer drafted in the history of the NFL had left the University of Michigan in 2018 and since then he has continued to improve. He played the last two seasons as a starter in Minnesota and stood out last January at the Senior Bowl, where he had his eyes widened with a flawless performance.

St-Juste thus becomes the highest-ranked Quebecer drafted since running back Tshimanga Biakabutuka, who was selected eighth overall, in 1996.

He is also the first player from Quebec to be claimed in the draft from Montreal offensive lineman Justin Senior, who was chosen by the Seahawks in the sixth round. Otherwise, we must go back to Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, with the Chiefs, also in the sixth round.

In the forecast

Most credible analysts who specialize in the draft had predicted that St-Juste would get the long-awaited call in the third or fourth round. This is exactly the scenario that happened.

His build, at 6’3 ”and just over 200 lbs, is not very common in his position.

Most analysts agree that the cornerback’s game remains to be polished, but that his physical attributes and athleticism could make him a player who will succeed in shining in the NFL.

In 15 games over the past two seasons, St-Juste has recorded 59 tackles and knocked down 11 assists.

“He’s an intriguing cornerback with impressive measurements and a competitive spirit that is evident in passing and running situations. The team that chooses him should see a significant improvement in his game over a two-year period, but he is a project with good value, ”analyst Lance Zierlein told ahead of the draft.

St-Juste was the tenth player drafted at the cornerback position in the 2021 vintage.

Due to the sanitary measures in place in Canada, St-Juste watched the draft with his girlfriend in Georgia. Failing to take advantage of it in person, he was able to take advantage of the virtual presence of his family to experience this great day, via videoconference.

Washington’s team finished second in defense last season.

Washington’s team finished second in defense last season.

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