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The 2008 CFL Draft took place on Wednesday, April 30, 2008, live at 12:00 PM ET on[1][2] A total of 48 players were chosen from among 752 eligible players from Canadian Universities across the country, as well as Canadian players playing in the NCAA.[3] Of the 48 draft selections, 33 players were drafted from Canadian Interuniversity Sport institutions.[4]

The first two rounds were broadcast on with host Rod Black. CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon was in the studio to announce each selection. The CFL on TSN panel included Duane Forde, Greg Marshall, Brian Towriss, Farhan Lalji, Jock Climie, Matt Dunigan, and Chris Schultz who analyzed the teams' needs and picks.[5]

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats, with the league-worst 3–15 record in the 2007 CFL season had several offers for their first-overall selection but kept their pick and chose Saskatchewan Huskies safety Dylan Barker.[6] Barker, a native of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan is a two-time Canadian Interuniversity Sport first-team all-Canadian. He led the Huskies with 53 tackles, three interceptions, and four breakups last season. It is expected that he will be able to help the Tiger-Cats in the 2008 CFL season.[7]


  • Montreal forfeited their first round selection after a CFL investigation found that they had exceeded the league salary cap by $108,285 (the minimum for a forfeiture is $100,000). That draft pick (originally the fourth overall) reverted to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at the end of the first round as they were first in the order of waiver priority after finishing last in the 2007 standings.[8]

Round one

= CFL Division All-Star = CFL All-Star = Hall of Famer
Pick # CFL Team Player Position College
1 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Dylan Barker DB Saskatchewan
2 Calgary Stampeders (via Edmonton Eskimos[9]) Dimitri Tsoumpas OL Weber State
3 Calgary Stampeders Jesse Newman OL Louisiana-Lafayette
4 Saskatchewan Roughriders (via Toronto Argonauts[10]) Keith Shologan DL Central Florida
5 British Columbia Lions Justin Sorensen OL/RT South Carolina
6 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Brendon LaBatte OL Regina
7 Montreal Alouettes (via Saskatchewan[10]) Shea Emry LB UBC
8 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (via Montreal forfeiture[8]) Samuel Giguère WR Sherbrooke

Round two

= CFL Division All-Star = CFL All-Star = Hall of Famer
Pick # CFL Team Player Position College
9 BC Lions (via Hamilton[10]) Rolly Lumbala RB Idaho
10 Saskatchewan Roughriders (via Edmonton[10] via Toronto via Edmonton) Jonathan St. Pierre OL Illinois State
11 Edmonton Eskimos (via Calgary[9]) Greg Wojt OL Central Michigan
12 Montreal Alouettes Andrew Woodruff OL Boise State
13 Toronto Argonauts Mike Bradwell WR McMaster
14 Saskatchewan Roughriders (via BC) Mike Stadnyk DE Montana
15 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Aaron Hargreaves WR Simon Fraser
16 Calgary Stampeders (via Edmonton[9] via Saskatchewan[10]) Fernand Kashama DE Western Michigan

Round three

= CFL Division All-Star = CFL All-Star = Hall of Famer
Pick # CFL Team Player Position College
17 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Michael Giffin RB/FB Queen's
18 BC Lions (via Edmonton[10]) Justin Shaw DL Manitoba
19 Edmonton Eskimos (via Calgary[11]) Tim St. Pierre LB Saint Mary's
20 BC Lions (via Saskatchewan via Montreal[10]) Jason Arakgi LB McMaster
21 Toronto Argonauts Jean-Nicolas Carriere LB McGill
22 BC Lions Mike McEachern DB Western Illinois
23 Edmonton Eskimos (via BC Lions[10] via Winnipeg) Justin Cooper DL Manitoba
24 Winnipeg Blue Bombers (via Edmonton[10] via Saskatchewan) Daryl Stephenson RB Windsor

Round four

Pick # CFL Team Player Position College
25 Edmonton Eskimos (via Hamilton[10]) Sammy Okpro DB Concordia
26 Edmonton Eskimos Jonathan Hood DB St.FX
27 Calgary Stampeders Ronald Hilaire DL Buffalo
28 Montreal Alouettes Terence Firr REC Manitoba
29 Toronto Argonauts Delroy Clarke DB Ottawa
30 Saskatchewan (via BC) Jean-François Morin-Roberge OL Montréal
31 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Marc Beswick DB Saint Mary's
32 Montreal Alouettes (via Saskatchewan[10]) Gurminder Thind OL South Carolina

Round five

Pick # CFL Team Player Position College
33 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Laurent Lavigne Masse REC Laval
34 Edmonton Eskimos Dante Luciani REC Laurier
35 Calgary Stampeders Jon Gott OL Boise State
36 Montreal Alouettes Paul Woldu DB Saskatchewan
37 Toronto Argonauts Richard Zulys OL Western
38 BC Lions Brady Browne DB Manitoba
39 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Don Oramasionwu DL Manitoba
40 Saskatchewan Roughriders Jeff Zelinski DB Saint Mary's

Round six

= CFL Division All-Star = CFL All-Star = Hall of Famer
Pick # CFL Team Player Position College
41 Saskatchewan (via Hamilton) Teale Orban QB Regina
42 Toronto Argonauts (via Edmonton[10]) Mark Dewit OL Calgary
43 Calgary Stampeders Jonathan Lapointe FB Montréal
44 Toronto Argonauts (via Montreal) Tyler Scott WR Western
45 Toronto Argonauts Matt Black DB Saginaw Valley
46 BC Lions Hubert Buydens OL Saskatchewan
47 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Pierre-Luc Labbé LB Sherbrooke
48 Montreal Alouettes (via Saskatchewan[10]) Luc Brodeur-Jourdain OL Laval


  1. "Duane Forde joins TSN broadcast team". 2008-03-04. Archived from the original on 8 March 2008. Retrieved 25 March 2008.
  2. 2008 CFL Canadian draft live on
  3. "Draft List for Year 2008". Canadian Football League. 2008-01-28. Retrieved 11 March 2009.
  4. CIS products a hot commodity
  5. "Commissioner Cohon joins CFL on TSN team for Draft day". 2008-04-25. Archived from the original on 4 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-26.
  6. "Ticats select Saskatchewan safety Dylan Barker first overall in CFL draft". Canadian Press. 2008-04-30. Archived from the original on 1 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-30.
  7. Bray, Jim (2008-04-30). "CFL: Ticats take safety Barker No. 1". National Post. Retrieved 2008-04-30.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Salary management system completes 1st year". Retrieved 11 May 2013.
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Preceded by
2007 CFL Draft
Canadian College Draft
Succeeded by
2009 CFL Draft