TRANSACTIONS | Elks sign seven from 2023 draft class

Edmonton inks second overall pick Michael Brodrique

Second overall pick Michael Brodrique with Montreal
Second overall pick Michael Brodrique with Montreal

EDMONTON – The Edmonton Elks have signed 11 players, including seven selected in the 2023 CFL draft as well as Global Draft pick Dean Faithfull, the club announced Monday.

For individual bios on the Elks 2023 draft class, please click here.

Additionally, the Elks have signed Nationals Aidan Pearce (WR) and Riley Szafranski (DL), along with American Darel Middleton (DL).

Pearce played four seasons at Simon Fraser University (2108-22), where he recorded 27 receptions for 394 yards and two touchdowns in 25 games for the Red Leafs.

Edmonton native Szafranski played 25 games of U Sports football over three seasons at the University of Alberta, totalling 29 total tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks in his Golden Bears career.

A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Middleton appeared in 22 games (12 starts) over two seasons at the University of Tennessee (2019-20), racking up 43 total tackles, two sacks, and one forced fumble for the Volunteers. Prior to attending Tennessee, he spent two seasons at East Mississippi Community College (2017-18), where he helped lead EMCC to an undefeated season and the 2018 NJCAA National Championship.

The Elks open rookie camp on Wednesday, with main camp opening (Sunday, May 14) at Commonwealth Stadium.

For rookie camp schedule click here.




The 2023 CFL season is rapidly approaching. Be there Sunday, June 11 at Commonwealth Stadium when the Edmonton Elks open the season against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. It's the start of a summer full of family, fun and football. Being part of the action has never been more affordable, with tickets starting at just $15. Click here to get your tickets to the Home Opener and be part of the tradition.

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Hernan Salas

Hernan Salas

Coordinator, Communications (Media Relations), Edmonton Elks Football Club

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About The Edmonton Elks Football Club

The Edmonton Elks are proud members of the Canadian Football League, playing their home games at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta. 

The club has a tradition of excellence with 14 Grey Cup championships (1954-56, 1975, 1978-82, 1987, 1993, 2003, 2005, 2015) and 52 members of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Since its founding, the club has been community-owned and remains focused on providing outstanding football memories for Edmonton and all of Northern Alberta.


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