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Sep 1, 2016

Canadians in the NFL

Bills in Toronto

TSN.ca keeps track of all the Canadians playing down south, including this year's draftees and undrafted free agents.

 

Stefan Charles
Stefan Charles, Jacksonville Jaguars

Oshawa, ON

  • Position
    Defensive Tackle
  • Draft
    2013 - Undrafted
  • College
    Regina (CIS)
  • Born
    June 9, 1988

NFL Career

Charles was signed by the Buffalo Bills off of the Tennessee Titans practice squad in October of 2013 and dressed in eight games. In 2014, he was active for all 16 games with the Bills, logging 23 tackles and three sacks. He registered 1 sack and 13 tackles with the Bills in 2015. He had 12 tackles with the Lions in 2016. Charles signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a free agent in 2017.
Christian Covington
Christian Covington, Houston Texans

Vancouver, BC

  • Position
    Defensive Tackle
  • Draft
    2015 - 6th Round
  • College
    Rice
  • Born
    Oct. 16, 1993

NFL Career

Covington made the Texans as sixth-round pick in 2015 after an impressive training camp. He had eight tackles and two sacks in 15 games during his rookie season.
Tyrone Crawford
Tyrone Crawford, Dallas Cowboys

Windsor, ON

  • Position
    Defensive End
  • Draft
    2012 - 3rd Round
  • College
    Boise State
  • Born
    Nov. 22, 1989

NFL Career

After dressing in all 16 games in his rookie season with the Cowboys, Crawford suffered a torn Achilles on the first day of training camp in 2013 and missed his entire sophomore season. In 2014, he started 15 games, logging 33 tackles and three sacks. In 2015, he posted career-highs in tackles (35) and sacks (five). He signed a five-year, $45 million contract with the Cowboys prior to the 2015 season. 
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Kansas City Chiefs

Mont-Saint-Hilaire, QC

  • Position
    Offensive Tackle
  • Draft
    2014 - 6th Round
  • College
    McGill (CIS)
  • Born
    February 11, 1991

NFL Career

The Kansas City Chiefs used the 200th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft to select Duvernay-Tardif. He was the tenth player in NFL history to drafted from a Canadian university. He started 13 games for the Chiefs in the 2015 season.
Orlando Franklin
Orlando Franklin, Los Angeles Chargers

Raised in Toronto, ON. Born in Kingston, Jamaica.

  • Position
    Offensive Guard
  • Draft
    2011 - 2nd Round
  • College
    Miami (FL)
  • Born
    Dec 16, 1986

NFL Career

Drafted as an offensive tackle, Franklin has played both guard and tackle since being drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2011. He has started every game he has dressed in through three NFL seasons. He started at left tackle in Super Bowl XLVIII for the Broncos. He signed a five-year, $36.5 million deal with the San Diego Chargers prior to the 2015 season. He endured an injury plagued first season in California, playing in just 10 games.
LP Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur, Dallas Cowboys

Montreal, QC

  • Position
    Long Snapper
  • Draft
    2005 - Undrafted
  • College
    California
  • Born
    March 13, 1981

NFL Career

Ladouceur has played in every game since signing with the Cowboys in 2005. According the Cowboys, Ladoucer has made clean snaps on 493 punts, 214 field goals and 302 PATs since joining the team.
Austin Pasztor
Austin Pasztor, Cleveland Browns

Langton, ON

  • Position
    Offensive Tackle
  • Draft
    2012 - Undrafted
  • College
    Virginia
  • Born
    Nov 26, 1990

NFL Career

Pasztor started in three games at left guard in his rookie season after being signed by off the Jaguars practice squad and on to the 53-man roster. He was waived in the Jaguars final cuts of 2015, but was claimed by the Cleveland Browns. He signed a one-year restricted free-agent tender with the Browns ahead of the 2016 season. He made four starts in 2015.
Jon Ryan
Jon Ryan, Seattle Seahawks

Regina, SK

  • Position
    Punter
  • Draft
    2006 - Undrafted
  • College
    Regina (CIS)
  • Born
    Nov. 26, 1981

NFL Career

Ryan has spent nine years in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers. He has a career average of 44.8 yards per punt and a net average of 38.5 yards. He has 751 career punts. He signed a four-year contract extension with the Seahawks in March 2016.
Brent Urban
Brent Urban, Baltimore Ravens

Mississauga, ON

  • Position
    Defensive End
  • Draft
    2014 - 4th Round
  • College
    Virginia
  • Born
    May 5, 1991

NFL Career

Urban was the first Canadian selected in the 2014 NFL Draft (fourth round, 134th overall), but tore his ACL in the off-season. He was placed on injured reserve and will compete for a roster spot with the Baltimore Ravens in 2015. Urban was the 26th Canadian ever to be drafted. Urban tore his biceps during training camp in 2015 and was placed on injured reserve with designation to return. He returned to play in six games, registering 11 tackles and one sack.
John Urschel
John Urschel, Baltimore Ravens

Winnipeg, MB

  • Position
    Offensive Guard
  • Draft
    2014 - 5th Round
  • College
    Penn State
  • Born
    June 24, 1991

NFL Career

Urschel was selected 175th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. He is listed as the team's backup right guard. He made seven starts for the team in 2015.
Luke Willson
Luke Willson, Seattle Seahawks

LaSalle, ON

  • Position
    Tight End
  • Draft
    2013 - 5th Round
  • College
    Rice
  • Born
    Jan. 15, 1990

NFL Career

Willson played in every game of his rookie season after being drafted by the Seahawks. He won Super Bowl XLVIII with the Seahawks, catching two passes for 17 yards in the team's 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos. In 2015, he had 17 receptions for 213 yards and one touchdown.