Jon Harke drafted 42nd overall by the BC Lions

    Canada West All-Star taken in 5th round of 2019 CFL Draft

    By Connor Hood on May 3, 2019

    Fifth-year Golden Bears centre Jon Harke became the most recent UAlberta student-athlete selected in the CFL Draft, as he was taken 42nd overall by the BC Lions on Thursday night. 

    Harke spent three seasons with the Golden Bears after completing his junior eligibility with the Edmonton Wildcats of the CJFL. The Sherwood Park native started 15 games at Centre for Alberta over the last two years, helping anchor one of the best offensive lines in Canada West. Harke was also named a 2018 Canada West All-Star. 

    It also marks the second-straight season a Golden Bears offensive lineman was selected in the CFL draft, after former CW All-Stars Mark Korte (Ottawa) and Justin Lawrence (Calgary) were taken in 2018. 

    Recent Golden Bears football draft history

    2019 - Jon Harke, OL (42nd overall, 5th round, BC Lions)
    2018 - Mark Korte, OL (4th overall, 1st round, Ottawa REDBLACKS)
    2018 - Justin Lawrence, OL (39th overall, 5th round, Calgary Stampeders)
    2017 - Ed Ilnicki, RB (62nd overall, 7th round, Ottawa REDBLACKS)
    2017 - Tylor Henry, WR (68th overall, 8th round, Winnipeg Blue Bombers) 
    2015 - 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)