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Stampeders take Lavertu first overall

Ottawa, ON ( - The Calgary Stampeders selected Laval University offensive lineman Pierre Lavertu with the first overall pick of the 2014 CFL Draft.

Calgary obtained the top pick in a deal with the Ottawa RedBlacks shortly before the draft's commencement, along with the rights to offensive lineman Marwan Hage in exchange for offensive lineman Jon Gott.

Lavertu was the anchor of Laval's offensive line for his four-year collegiate career, helping the Rouge et Or to three Vanier Cups. He also was a three-time CIS football All-Canadian selection.

With the second selection, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers plucked center Matthias Goossen from Simon Fraser College. The Toronto Argonauts used the third slot acquired from the Eskimos to take Anthony Coombs, a running back out of the University of Manitoba, while the RedBlacks and Alouettes used the fourth and fifth selections to take a pair of University of Montreal lads -- defensive back Antoine Pruneau and offensive lineman David Foucault.

Edmonton held the sixth pick and tabbed St. Francis Xavier wideout Devon Bailey, then the Stamps corralled Concordia defensive lineman Quinn Smith at seven.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats used the final two slots in the opening round to select linebacker Beau Landry from Western Ontario and defensive lineman Evan Gill from Manitoba.

05/13 20:24:02 ET