DRAFT | Brodrique headlines Green and Gold draft picks
Elks select nine players in 2023 CFL Draft
EDMONTON — The Edmonton Elks made nine selections in the 2023 CFL Draft on Tuesday, including Montreal Carabins star Michael Brodrique (LB) second overall.
FIRST ROUND, NO. 2 OVERALL: Michael Brodrique (LB)
A two-time RSEQ All-Star and 2021 U SPORTS second-team All-Canadian, Brodrique has 68.5 total tackles (62 solo), 9.5 sacks, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and interception and a pass breakup in 22 career games with Carabins.
“Michael is an excellent linebacker with the tenacity and athletic markers we search for,” said Elks assistant general manager Geroy Simon. “He has a high football IQ and can be a versatile player for this organization.”
Brodrique had a strong showing at the CFL Combine in March when he was named a coaches’ pick for his performance on the final day of the Combine.
SECOND ROUND, NO. 18 OVERALL: Jake Taylor (LB)
Over three seasons at the University of Alberta, Taylor racked up 60 solo tackles in 21 games. The Beaumont native recorded the first sack and first interception of his career in 2022. The Salisbury Composite High School product established career highs with 31 solo tackles and five pass deflections in 2021. Taylor participated in the 2022 East-West Bowl and the 2023 CFL Combine.
THIRD ROUND, NO. 20 OVERALL: Phillip Grohovac (OL)
A native of Victoria, B.C., Grohovac has suited up in 23 games over the last three seasons for the Western Mustangs. The six-foot-five lineman helped Western capture the Vanier Cup in 2021.
THIRD ROUND, NO. 23 OVERALL: Luke Burton-Krahn (LS)
Burton-Krahn has appeared in 26 games over four seasons at UBC, compiling 36 solo tackles, four tackles-for-loss and two sacks. The Victoria product played defensive line for the T-Birds in 2022, making 14 solo tackles and a career-high three tackles-for-loss.
FOURTH ROUND, NO. 28 OVERALL: Noah Curtis (DL)
Curtis is coming off a season of NAIA football at Keiser University, where the six-foot-six senior notched 13 solo tackles, 4.5 tackles-for-loss, and 1.5 sacks. The defensive lineman previously played at Florida International from 2017 to 2020, earning an All-Conference USA Honorable Mention in 2018.
FIFTH ROUND, NO. 38 OVERALL: Bertrand Terancy Beaulieu (RB)
Beaulieu was selected as an RSEQ Offensive All-Star for a second straight year in 2022, after leading the Montreal Carabins with 464 yards on the ground and rushing for two touchdowns in eight games.
SIXTH ROUND, NO. 50 OVERALL: Spencer Masterson (OL)
A six-foot-six native of Richmond Hill, Ont., Masterson appeared in seven games for the Guelph Gryphons in 2022. He was selected as an OUA Second Team All-Star in 2021.
SEVENTH ROUND, NO. 56 OVERALL: Bruno Lagace (DB)
Lagace had a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown with the Montreal Carabins in 2022. He was named a U Sports Second Team All-Star and RSEQ Offensive All-Star in 2021 after recording two interceptions for the Carabins.
EIGHTH ROUND, NO. 65 OVERALL: Derek Best (RB)
Best has played the last two seasons in the Canadian Junior Football League with the Langley Rams, rushing for 638 yards and 6 touchdowns in 15 regular season games. The native of Surrey, B.C. helped the Rams reach the Canadian Bowl in 2021. Best previously played two seasons at Western University.
ELKS 2023 CFL DRAFT PICKS
- Round 1 | 2nd overall
- Michael Brodrique | LB | NAT | 6’3 | 222 LBS | 1998-08-21 | Sainte-Marthe-Sur-Le-Lac, QC | Montreal
- Round 2 | 18th overall
- Jake Taylor | LB | NAT | 6’2 | 215 LBS | 2001-12-01 | Beaumont, AB | Alberta
- Round 3 | 20th Overall
- Phillip Grohovac | OL | NAT | 6'5 | 305 LBS | 2000-07-16 | Victoria, BC | Western University
- Round 3 | 23rd overall
- Luke Burton-Krahn | LS | NAT | 6'1 | 206 LBS | 1999-05-07 | Victoria, BC | UBC
- Round 4 | 28th overall
- Noah Curtis | DL | NAT | 6'6 | 302 LBS | 1998-10-24 | Riviera Beach, FL | Keiser University
- Round 5 | 38th overall
- Bertrand Terancy Beaulieu | RB | NAT | 6'2 | 229 LBS | 1998-07-05 | Port-Au-Prince, Haiti | Montreal
- Round 6 | 50th overall
- Spencer Masterson | OL | NAT | 6'6 | 295 LBS | 2000-06-12 | Richmond Hill, ON | Guelph
- 'Round 7 | 56th overall
- Bruno Lagace | DB | NAT | 5'11 | 199 LBS | 1998-05-17 | Montreal, QC | Montreal
- Round 8 | 65th overall
- Derek Best | RB | NAT | 6'1 | 200 LBS | 2000-01-21 | Surrey, BC | Western
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