TORONTO (May 30, 2011) - Former Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks defensive lineman Alex Ellis of Toronto, was chosen by the B.C. Lions in todays CFL Supplemental Draft.
The supplemental draft is for any player who didn't receive official non-import status from the CFL and CFLPA until after the CFL Canadian Draft.
Ellis, who played for the Golden Hawks back in 2007, dressed in all nine regular season and playoff games for Laurier. He recorded 14 solo and nine assisted tackles (14.5 total) as well as one sack.
The supplemental draft works a bit like an auction. Teams have the option of giving up a pick in next year's CFL Canadian Draft in exchange for the rights to an eligible player, but they can be trumped by a team willing to part with a higher pick in next year's draft. As a result, the player eventually goes to the team most willing to forfeit a higher pick next year. The team with the highest waiver priority makes its offer last, meaning they have the last chance to match any previous offer.
B.C. acquired Ellis in exchange for their sixth round pick in the 2012 Canadian Draft.