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CFL Draft Memories

05/03/2021, 12:00pm PDT
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Shaq Johnson of the London Beefeaters

The 2021 CFL Draft is scheduled for Tuesday and BC Lions receiver Shaq Johnson knows all about the Draft after going through the experience in 2016.  

Prior to the Draft, Johnson played for the London Beefeaters in 2015 helping them back to the post season with 30 receptions for 606 yards and eight touchdowns that year.  He also returned 15 kicks for 299 yards including a 91 yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

From there Johnson entered the CFL Draft in 2016 and heard his name called in the fourth round, 32nd overall by the BC Lions.   Just a few short months later, he made his pro debut on October 14, 2016 in Winnipeg against the Blue Bombers.

After being used sparingly in his rookie campaign, in 2017 Johnson exploded onto the scene starting all 18 games for the Lions making 30 receptions for 521 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He was the Lions nominee for the CFL Most Outstanding Canadian Award.  Then in 2019 Johnson had a career-year finishing with 39 receptions for 597 yards and two majors.

Back in January he signed an extension to stay in Vancouver with the Lions for the upcoming 2021 season.

He talks with Ryan Watters to reminisce about his CFL Draft experience in 2016.