Former NFL OL Tyler Johnstone to be eligible for CFL supplemental draft

Offensive lineman Tyler Johnstone has been granted dual Canadian-U.S. citizenship and will soon be eligible for the CFL supplemental draft.

Johnstone played for the University of Oregon starting at left tackle for 39 games, including all 13 in his senior season when he was named a first-team All-Pac 12 selection and named a second-team All-American.

The 25-year-old attended the 2016 NFL Combine where he checked in at six-foot-five, 301 pounds benched 225 pounds for 24 reps, ran a 5.21-second 40-yard dash, 4.60-second shuttle, 7.31-second three-cone, recorded a 30.5-inch vertical, eight foot, six-inch broad jump.

Johnstone went unselected in the 2016 NFL draft, but he was signed by the Los Angeles Chargers and spent that season on the injured reserve. The Chargers released Johnstone in April 2017.

Supplemental drafts are held when players miss the deadline for entry into the main CFL draft and there was a number of them last year. Each CFL team has the option to “bid” on the player by forfeiting a selection in the 2019 CFL Draft and the process continues based on waiver priority – the reverse order of the 2018 draft – until the highest choice is identified. The team who puts up that pick (or possesses the top waiver priority) gets the player.

As for Johnstone and his pro three-down prospects, he has the ability to be a ratio-breaking offensive tackle in the CFL.

“He’s going to be a first-round pick,” one CFL scout said about Johnstone.

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57 Comments on Former NFL OL Tyler Johnstone to be eligible for CFL supplemental draft

  1. Rick cowan // May 14, 2018 at 5:04 pm //

    I would bet the Riders try to draft him

    • The waiver order would go Montreal, Hamilton, Winnipeg… the riders wouldn’t be able to control their ability to get this guy

      • Jeff Garcia's Agent // May 15, 2018 at 12:46 pm //

        You’re assuming Montreal, Hamilton or Winnipeg would give up their 2019 1st Round pick because I’m assuming Rick means that Jones would give up his to take Johnstone in the 1st Rd of the Supplemental Draft (forfeiting his 1st RD 2019 pick)

      • Jeff Garcia's Agent // May 15, 2018 at 12:48 pm //

        The supplemental is also reverse of the 2018 draft order. So it would be Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg, Edmonton, then Sask.

  2. ok riders bring him to camp and see if he can win the left tackle spot.

    • I’m in favor of that. Bid strong boys!

    • MR. Green // May 14, 2018 at 9:26 pm //

      By the sounds of things in I would give up next year’s first round for the guy. Especially being a tackle. I think k Montreal has first crack, the should go all in

  3. Rick Cowan // May 14, 2018 at 5:07 pm //

    If the Riders could draft him this would be a ratio breaker

    • greenenvy? // May 15, 2018 at 2:00 am //

      Sure – so was Francis the WR. And Bartlett. Waggoner in Wpg & Wolitarsky. Forfetied a 1st round pick for Waggoner. Dubuisson in 2014. Those 5 were in the supplemental draft the last few years & have contributed nothing as far as starting anywhere. Not that easy. Are you giving up on St. John at tackle, Mr. Fickle? Impact player? Heard it before. Eskimos got a good one 4 years ago in Ted Laurent but he’s the exception as you can see by the ones listed above. I’d be surprised if someone ahead of Riders takes him with a 1st round pick offer. So they’ll get a chance. Don’t hold your breath.

      • Jeff Garcia's Agent // May 15, 2018 at 12:53 pm //

        Riders only gave up a 5th Rd for Bartlett and he could be an impact player in the future. Foord said during the 2018 draft that if Bartlett had been available for the 2017 draft, not just the supplemental, he would’ve been a top 20 pick.

  4. He will make a nice upgrade from Xavier Fulton in Montreal.

  5. I wouldn’t mind seeing the Riders throw him some money and bring him into camp. The guy put up some good numbers at the combine a couple of years ago, I could only imagine he’s gotten stronger and faster now.

  6. Lionsfan4life // May 14, 2018 at 5:49 pm //

    Will be a strong commodity given the large number of starts for U of O; and his excellent measurable in the “drills”. Many teams will be bidding for his services, including the Lions; NOT just the Sliders. Johnstone is a ratio buster indeed. It makes sense for the Lions to draft him in the Supplemental Draft and sign him since the Lions don’t have a first round pick in the 2019 CFL Draft.

    • LMAO, That means the Lions can’t get in on the action.

      • greenenvy? // May 15, 2018 at 2:09 am //

        Everybody can get in on the action. The supplemental draft BTW is done in reverse order. So Argos get 1st pick. If they submit a bid of forfeiting a 3rd round pick, any team down the list & match or submit a higher draft pick from the 2019 draft & the team with the highest bid gets the player. So if Calgary passes & so on to the Riders, the Riders can match with a 3rd round pick or up it to a 2nd rounder in case Mtl, BC etc may offer a 2nd round pick.

        • Jeff Garcia's Agent // May 15, 2018 at 12:58 pm //

          The Lions would have to wait for the 2nd Round of the Supplemental though. Because they don’t have a 2019 1st Round pick, they won’t have a first Rd selection in the Supplemental, as they don’t have the required pick to forfeit. So if any team uses a 1st Rd bid, the Lions can’t match or beat it.

  7. Barry Soetoro // May 14, 2018 at 5:59 pm //

    If Chris Jones landed this guy, it would be the first rational thing he’s done in three years. I can’t see the Riders getting him, it just makes too much sense.

    • It was pretty rational to give up on Durant after he quit on the team.

    • greenenvy? // May 15, 2018 at 2:11 am //

      Is Jones prepared to offer a 1st round pick? Doubtful anyone else will. He will get a shot. Check out the rules at & see for yourself.

  8. Mr Red. // May 14, 2018 at 6:06 pm //

    of course. Big names all automatically go to the riders don’t they?
    If you look at the history of players taken in the supplemental draft very few work out.1

    • And Everyone automatically wants to play for the stumps? I think not. Why would they want to work out in a trailer and sit in a tiny room with a VCR and tube tv for studying game film?

    • Lancaster/Reed // May 14, 2018 at 6:25 pm //

      Ok you daft pr***. Not one of the comments said he will be a rider. It is all “riders should try to get him”. Your hatred has turned you into a blathering fool. Your reading comprehension really is still grade school level isn’t it? Just go away permanently, like you promised with our bet.

      • Mrgalloper // May 14, 2018 at 6:45 pm //

        Many comments suggest the riders should get him. No one considers the fact a few other teams have priority to choose him before the riders have the option. Jones mind is so far away from Canadian Olinmen he doesn’t even care. If he did (and he should) he’s be panicking right now.

        • Lancaster/Reed // May 14, 2018 at 7:38 pm //

          Really red? Mrgalloper? How many different names does this make it? 20? I see a lot of “try” and “if”, that doesnt negate the fact other teams having a better chance of getting him. Did you ever hear of “trades” ? Why dont you take a break from social media and go to the casino with huff. Im sure he can give you some pointers.

  9. canadianfootballfan // May 14, 2018 at 6:27 pm //

    Big athletic kid, and Canadian OT are a lot more rare now than they used to be for some reason.

    There was at least 6-7 Canadians starting at OT in the CFL back around 2008-2011, but that trend has stopped for some reason.

    • Those capable of playing the position were picked by the NFL. Foucault, Pasztor. Tardif,

  10. Reggiemac // May 14, 2018 at 6:56 pm //

    Bienvenue a Montreal

  11. His injury history is troubling. Multiple right knee ACL tears that robbed him of mobility and a year on the Chargers injured reserve for undisclosed injury. Hasn’t stepped on a football field in 2 yrs. Worth throwing a 6th or a 5th round pick on the guy – pass on anything higher than that. Seems destined for the tub.

  12. Phil Miller // May 14, 2018 at 7:29 pm //

    “The reverse order of the 2018 Draft” means The Argos, Stumps, Edmonton etc pick before the Riders at number 5 again.

    • Yes, but it’s not the same as picking “before” — I believe it means teams offer their lowest 2019 pick first (8th round) if they would like to sign this player, and if a team with higher waiver priority offers their pick of that round then they get dibs. Then the other teams get to either bid a higher selection (their 7th round pick, 6th round, and so on) or if they all decline then the highest bid selects the player. That team then gives up that pick in the next draft.

    • It’s also possible that the first “bidder” will initially offer something higher than their 8th round pick.

      And I would think it gets more interesting if more than one player is bid on in the supplemental draft.

      • rogieshan // May 15, 2018 at 1:32 am //

        Finally, someone who knows how the supplemental draft works. Thank you.

      • greenenvy? // May 15, 2018 at 2:13 am //

        Very nice explanation. As I mentioned earlier the only thing missing is that the supplemental draft goes in reverse order to the CFL Draft.

  13. Jose Perez // May 14, 2018 at 8:04 pm //


  14. Mr Red. // May 14, 2018 at 8:27 pm //

    I think he’ll be a Stampeder. Adding to an already deep Canadian talent pool.

    • The Stamps are fine with their Canadian talent pool on the field. But they do need assistance with the shallow gene pool of their fan base.

  15. Mr Red. // May 14, 2018 at 8:29 pm //

    This is typical. rider fans hear these names and automatically get this fantasy that this player will be the one to lead them to the promised land.
    No different than James Franklin

    • Mr. Red and this surprises you????? Typical Roider arrogance; really nothing new. It’s the same with ALL new players who are free to sign with any team. Slider fans THINK that all players want to play for the Roiders. Slider fans are sadly delusional.

  16. Everybody wants a LT National with NFL experience and NCAA trained. The question is are they willing to gamble a 1st or 2nd rounder on their bid to get him, only to see him find another NFL gig?

    • greenenvy? // May 15, 2018 at 8:03 am //

      And all things are not equal. If the Argos put a 2nd round bid on the table that represents a # 18 pick next year. If Mtl matches, that’s a # 10 pick. Thus the reverse order. The need may be greater for a bottom team but the price is also higher.

  17. Edward Leslie // May 14, 2018 at 11:04 pm //

    Moderator: Why exactly is my “ comment waiting moderation” ??? All I did was explain the Supplemental draft process and say Montreal should consider selecting this prospect!
    What is the matter with that????

    I’ve seen all kinds of name calling and people make obscene remarks… and those are okay, but mine isn’t?! To hell with your stupid site!

    • greenenvy? // May 15, 2018 at 2:15 am //

      Edward. I myself have been moderated a number of times. Hang in there. They have the right to do so. I don’t take it personally even though I don’t swear. Chin up. Nice to have you on the site.

    • Edward – maybe you aren’t being moderated. Maybe you failed the basic math test.

  18. How about the CFL steps in and becomes the “RATIO BUSTER”
    REDUCE the Canadian ratio !!!
    Then we don’t have to be searching to find out if a US player had a Canadian relative that qaulifies them as a Canadian player.
    Teams could sing more US O-linemen and more receivers.

  19. Looks like the Als are on the verge of getting another stud to help out their weak OL situation. Since the CFL draft is “HOG” heaven – those big guys up front always dominate the draft, I’d say it is a given he will be on the to Montreal.

    • greenenvy? // May 15, 2018 at 11:42 am //

      You keep forgetting, Jim, they don’t get 1st crack at him. The Argos do. Montreal will be #9 on the list.

      • Are you Daft? The draft priority is based on the 2018 end of season draft order.

  20. Edward Leslie // May 15, 2018 at 4:36 pm //

    Yoshi: I don’t think so. I admit that I have hurried and messed up the math question once or twice in the past. However it says “Try again”, and you get another chance.
    My remarks about the suppliemental draft aren’t visible to anybody except me I guess.
    But I didn’t say anything bad about anyone or swear, so it makes no sense.

  21. Edward Leslie // May 15, 2018 at 4:45 pm //

    Putin: I feel the same.
    I think the confusion is based on the explanationnin the article:
    “The process continues based on waiver priority-the reverse order of the 2018 draft.”
    Some take that to mean that the teams that finished
    higher in the standings get the priority.
    My take on this is that the lower order clubs get the right to bid against those initial bids.
    It’s almost like an auction, only they bidding progressively higher draft picks in return for the rights to the player.
    So, if that’s correct, Montreal could get Johnstone if they bid their first round pick.
    Hopefully that opinion doesn’t get the moderator’s feathers up!

  22. Wow you guys can’t read, REVERSE ORDER from the draft. No way this guy gets past Calgary. Keep hoping Slider fans. Lol

    • Riders34 // May 16, 2018 at 12:13 am //

      Only if Calgary offers a 1st round draft pick , for example and no other team does will they get him .It’s not first to the punch its how ya play the game. for the intellectually challenged like RED, those who are not able to think past counting to 1 are out automatically. Based on the explain given it would be my assumption that if Toronto out of the blocks offered a 1st rounder the bidding would be OVER , Toronto wins . My question is say 2 teams offer a 3rd rounder , no one else does , do they just rebid or is the bidding open to all teams once again to offer a 2nd rounder. Obviously being the last team to bid in this process is the most beneficial as you get to see what it takes to match or better the best offer. If that is the case then it would be safe to speculate that Montreal will be one of the parties involved in the final bid round for Johnson if Kavis has any common sense at all. Ergo Edmonton bids a 2nd rounder , all Montreal has to do is match that bid and see if Edmonton would go to a 1st round pick , then once again if really wanting the player all Montreal has to do is match . Being a fly in the ointment why not steal the player then look to trade him to a team for other or future assets even if ya have a stock pile of Canadian o-linemen already. Kinna like who is the best texas hold em’ player in managing assets. Anyway that is what I would do if that is how the supplemental draft works, play chicken if the player in question has good upside potential.

    • wewert3 // May 16, 2018 at 8:20 am //

      You’re missing the key words WAIVER PRIORITY.

      The Grey Cup champions Toronto Argos would have the lowest priority. The worst team Montreal Alouettes would have the highest priority.

      Let’s say every team is willing to give up a 1st round pick for him. Montreal would win the bidding and obtain his rights by forfeiting their 1st round pick in 2019.

  23. Riders34 // May 16, 2018 at 12:29 am //

    Jones will place a significant bid on Johnson up to a 1st rounder , is my guess. Jones is planning on having a grey Cup contending team, finishing no worse then inn the final 4. Given that If Jones feels Johnson is a better quality player than will be available at 6th – 10th overall next year he will take his best shot at Johnson in the supplemental. Jones history has shown he has been fairly good at playing the supplemental favorably and getting at least a special teams player out of the deal at worst//// that is at least as good as most general picks in the regular draft.

  24. Rick cowan // May 17, 2018 at 8:53 pm //

    When is the supplemental draft

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