This is an incomplete list of first overall Canadian Football League draft picks. The CFL Draft is an annual sports draft in which the teams of the Canadian Football League (CFL) select eligible Canadian/non-import players, typically from the ranks of CIS football or NCAA college football. The first draft took place in 1953, with Doug McNichol becoming the first player to be drafted and was therefore drafted first overall.[1] While only the eastern teams participated for the first three years, in 1956 all nine teams began participating in the draft. From 1960 to 1962, however, due to a dispute over talent from western universities and a reluctance of eastern draftees to move west, BC, Edmonton, Saskatchewan, and Winnipeg were awarded territorial rights to players from their city's university. Because Calgary had no university program in their territory, they continued to participate in the draft during these three years.[2] From 1973 to 1984, teams were granted territorial rights players before the actual draft took place, hence, players listed in those years were actually drafted later.[2] Since 1997, the draft has consisted of six rounds, with teams selecting in reverse order of their placement in the previous season.

List of first overall picksEdit

= CFL Division All-Star = CFL All-Star = Hall of Famer
Year Player Position College CFL Team
1956 Lou BruceEndQueen'sOttawa Rough Riders
1957Jim HughesTackleQueen'sBC Lions
1958Len SigurdsonTackleMcGillSaskatchewan Roughriders
1959Lorry StaceyDefensive EndTorontoToronto Argonauts
1960Bill MitchellTackleWestern OntarioToronto Argonauts
1961Casey WoodTackleTorontoToronto Argonauts
1962Harvey ScottGuardWestern OntarioCalgary Stampeders
1963 John WydarenyDefensive backWestern OntarioToronto Argonauts
1964Barry MitchelsonEndWestern OntarioEdmonton Eskimos
1965 Jim YoungWide ReceiverQueen'sToronto Argonauts
1966Ed TurekHalfbackWaterloo LutheranEdmonton Eskimos
1967Lawrence BarrettHalfbackBritish ColumbiaToronto Argonauts
1968 Mike EbenWide ReceiverTorontoBC Lions
1969Doug StrongHalfbackWaterloo LutheranWinnipeg Blue Bombers
1970Wayne HolmQuarterbackSimon FraserCalgary Stampeders
1971Brian DonnellyDefensive backSimon FraserSaskatchewan Roughriders
1972Larry SmithRunning backBishop'sMontreal Alouettes
1973Brian SopatykOffensive GuardBoise StateBC Lions
1974Randy HalsallOffensive TackleWake ForestToronto Argonauts
1975Steve ScullyOffensive TackleSyracuseWinnipeg Blue Bombers
1976Tim BerrymanLinebackerOttawaEdmonton Eskimos
1977Mike RileyDefensive TackleDalhousieOttawa Rough Riders
1978 Dave KirzingerDefensive TackleOttawaCalgary Stampeders
1979 Kevin PowellOffensive TackleUtah StateToronto Argonauts
1980Greg BarrowOffensive LinemanFloridaToronto Argonauts
1981Frank CosecLinebackerWaterlooCalgary Stampeders
1982Mike KirkleyRunning BackWestern OntarioToronto Argonauts
1983Jerry DobrovolnyOffensive TackleBritish ColumbiaCalgary Stampeders
1984Frank BalkovecLinebackerTorontoBC Lions
1985Nicholas BenjaminOffensive LinemanConcordiaOttawa Rough Riders
1986 Kent WarnockDefensive EndCalgaryCalgary Stampeders
1987 Leo GroenewegenOffensive LinemanBritish ColumbiaOttawa Rough Riders
1988 Orville LeeRunning BackSimon FraserOttawa Rough Riders
1989 Gerald WilcoxTight EndWeber StateOttawa Rough Riders
1990 Sean MillingtonRunning BackSimon FraserEdmonton Eskimos
1991Nick MazzoliWide ReceiverSimon FraserHamilton Tiger-Cats
1992 Bruce CoverntonOffensive TackleWeber StateCalgary Stampeders
1993Patrick BurkeDefensive BackFresno CollegeBC Lions
1994 Val St. GermainOffensive LinemanMcGillHamilton Tiger-Cats
1995Tom NüttenOffensive LinemanWestern MichiganHamilton Tiger-Cats
1996Don BlairSlotbackCalgaryEdmonton Eskimos
1997Chad FolkOffensive LinemanUtahToronto Argonauts
1998Tim FleiszerDefensive LinemanHarvardHamilton Tiger-Cats
1999Rob MeierDefensive EndWashington StateBC Lions
2000Tyson St. JamesLinebackerBritish ColumbiaSaskatchewan Roughriders
2001 Scott SchultzDefensive LinemanNorth DakotaSaskatchewan Roughriders
2002 Alexandre GauthierOffensive LinemanLavalOttawa Renegades
2003Steve MorleyOffensive LinemanSaint Mary'sCalgary Stampeders
2004Wayne SmithOffensive LinemanAppalachian StateHamilton Tiger-Cats
2005Miguel RobedeDefensive EndLavalCalgary Stampeders
2006Adam BraidwoodDefensive EndWashington StateEdmonton Eskimos
2007Chris BaumanWide ReceiverReginaHamilton Tiger-Cats
2008Dylan BarkerDefensive BackSaskatchewanHamilton Tiger-Cats
2009Simeon RottierOffensive LinemanAlbertaHamilton Tiger-Cats
2010Shomari Williams LinebackerQueen'sSaskatchewan Roughriders
2011Henoc Muamba Linebacker St. Francis Xavier Winnipeg Blue Bombers
2012Ben HeenanOffensive LinemanSaskatchewanSaskatchewan Roughriders
2013Linden GaydoshDefensive LinemanCalgaryHamilton Tiger-Cats



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