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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Ole Miss’ Laurent selected in CFL draft

TORONTO—Ole Miss’ Ted Laurent was selected with the second pick in Monday’s Canadian Football League supplemental draft by the Edmonton Eskimos.
A 6-foot-1, 303-pound defensive tackle, Laurent saw action in 44 games with 20 starts over his four years at Ole Miss. The 6-foot-1, 303-pounder helped the Rebels rank among college football’s best in TFLs each of the past three seasons, including 2008 when Laurent totaled seven and the team tied for the nation’s lead. He finished his career with 56 total tackles.

A total of 46 former Rebels have played in the CFL through the years, including 1996 Grey Cup MVP Kent Austin.

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 on May 8. Laurent grew up in Canada before moving to Powder Springs, Ga., where he attended McEachern High School.

In the supplemental draft, CFL 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. (May 31, 2011, Page 10)

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