Roughriders select offensive lineman Josiah St. John first overall

By Arielle Zerr
May 10, 2016 - 6:14pm

After months of speculation about what the Roughriders would do with the first overall pick – the Roughriders have selected offensive tackle Josiah St. John.

“He’s one of the largest most athletic guys,” Chris Jones told TSN after making the pick. Jones said he thinks St. John could have an impact right away.

The Toronto native played college football at the University of Oklahoma. He started four of seven games for the Sooners last season. According to the CFL, St. John is the first Oklahoma player to be picked first overall in CFL Draft history.

St. John is slated at 6' 5" tall and 305 lbs.

The Roughriders have a history of selecting offensive lineman in the CFL Draft. The Riders picked now retired Ben Heenan the last time they had the number one overall pick in 2011. In 2013, they took another lineman, Corey Watman, who recently signed a free agent contract with the Toronto Argonauts.  

In last year’s first round, the Roughriders took wide receiver Nik Demski. It’s the first time the team took a player that wasn’t an offensive lineman in the first round in the last five years.  


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