VANCOUVER -- Harvard receiver Marco Iannuzzi has been selected sixth overall by the BC Lions in the 2011 Canadian Football League Draft.
Iannuzzi leaves Harvard as the school's top all time returner, averaging 34.5 yards per return. In his final year he set a single season record, averaging 26.5 yards per return, and is the only player in Harvard history to return two kickoffs for a touchdown in one season.
Iannuzzi's draft stock shot up after a solid performance at the CFL's Evaluation Camp in March. At camp he showed great speed and athleticism in the testing and also performed well during the on-field drills.
The Lions traded down to the sixth overall pick after swinging a deal with the Stampeders earlier in the day. The Lions picked up the 6th, 11th and 37th overall selections from the Stamped in exchange for their 3rd overall selection as well as their fourth and fifth round selections (26th and 34th overall).
The Lions then used the 11th overall pick to select Alberta Golden Bears kicker/punter Hugh O'Neill. O'Neill was ranked 8th on the CFL Amateur Scouting Bureau's list of top prospects heading into the draft.
He was a four-time Canada West all-star from 2007 through 2010, a second team CIS all-Canadian place kicker and punter in 2007, and a first team CIS punter in 2009. The pick leaves the Lions with a logjam at the kicker position as veterans Paul McCallum and Sean Whyte are both under contract with the club.
The Lions next pick, 19th overall in the third round, was used to select Maryland DB Michael Carter. They rounded out their day by selecting Sherbrooke OL Yannick Sage (37th overall), and Saint Mary's DL Chris Hodgson (42nd overall).
Hodgson is something of an intriguing prospect based on his raw athletic ability. He has only one season of football under his belt though after playing hockey for most of his life.