Oklahoma offensive tackle Josiah St. John was the first overall pick in last week’s Canadian Football League Draft by the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
St. John, a native of Ajax, Ontario, was ranked fifth among eligible picks but the four players ranked ahead of him – three Canadians who played in the NCAA and one player who played for a Canadian college – either were picked in the recent NFL Draft or have signed with NFL teams.
St. John played four games early in the season last year but coaches discovered that he was tipping whether or not the Sooners were going to pass or run with his stance during the game against Texas, the Sooners’ only loss during the regular season. St. John played only sparingly after that.
St. John is the first Sooners player to be taken in the CFL Draft and the first Big 12 player to be selected first overall.
St. John (6-5, 309 lbs.) was selected after spending the last three seasons with the Sooners. In 2015, he played in seven NCAA conference games, starting four games at right tackle. St. John played in eight conference games in 2014 after redshirting the 2013 season.
Prior to Oklahoma, St. John spent the 2012 season in Junior College with the Trinity Valley Cardinals.