Golden Hawk defence represents at Canadian Football League draft


The annual Canadian Football League draft took place on May 3, 2018 in Toronto and as usual, Wilfrid Laurier University was very well represented.

There were three Golden Hawks selected among the 69 players taken during the draft.

The first Laurier player to come off the board was defensive back Godfrey Onyeka, as he was selected by the Edmonton Eskimos in the second round.

The Eskimos are an interesting landing spot for Onyeka as he will now join fellow Laurier alumn Kwaku Boateng on the Edmonton defence.

Onyeka was arguably the best player on the Hawks defence this year and his addition to the Eskimos secondary will instantly improve their defence.

The next Golden Hawk selected in the draft was defensive back Isaiah Guzylak-Messam as he went in the fourth round to the British Columbia Lions.

Guzylak-Messam was recognized as a second team OUA All-Star for his stellar 2017 season. Isaiah always demonstrated a knack to be around the ball during his Laurier career and his playmaking ability could be a game changer for the Lions defence.

The last Hawk selected in the draft was defensive lineman Rashari Henry. Henry was selected in the sixth round by the BC Lions.

The Ottawa native was a constant problem for opposing offensive lines during his time at Laurier and he will provide some much needed depth for the Lions defensive line.

It was another great year for the Hawks at the CFL draft and it will be exciting to see how these three graduates transition to the professional level.

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