Beard drafted by Edmonton Eskimos

Fifth-year University of Alberta Golden Bears football offensive lineman David Beard has been drafted 16th overall (2nd round) by the Edmonton Eskimos in the 2015 CFL draft.

Beard, who previously played two seasons as a defensive lineman for the Bears, is coming off just his second season as an offensive lineman in CIS, and helped Alberta to one of their lowest sacks against totals in recent years. He was named a CIS second team all-Canadian in 2014, and the native of Sherwood Park, who played in the 2014 CIS East-West Bowl, also caught two passes this past season, for 31 yards total, including a touchdown.

He is the first Golden Bear to be drafted by a CFL club since fullback Smith Wright was drafted in 2013, and the third member of the Bears to be drafted by the CFL’s Green and Gold since 2001.

Recent Golden Bears football draft history
2014-David Beard, OL (16th overall, 2nd overall, Edmonton Eskimos)
2013-Smith Wright, FB (55th overall, 7th round, Edmonton Eskimos)
2011-Hugh O’Neil, P/K (11th overall, 2nd round, BC Lions)
2009-Simeon Rottier, OL (1st overall, 1st round, Hamilton Tiger-Cats)
2009-Gord Hinse, OL (11th overall, 2nd round, Edmonton Eskimos)
2007-Patrick MacDonald, DL (21st overall, 3rd round, Calgary Stampeders)
2005-David Lowry, LB (25th overall, 3rd round, BC Lions)
2005-Brett Ralph, WR (45th overall, 6th round, Calgary Stampeders)
2004-Landon White, DB (50th overall, 6th round, Montreal Alouettes)
2002-Mitch Sutherland, DL (50th overall, 6th round, Montreal Alouettes)
2001-Guillaume Petit, DL (37th overall, 5th round, Edmonton Eskimos)

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