May 3, 2018

REDBLACKS select OL Mark Korte with fourth overall pick in 2018 CFL Draft

The Ottawa REDBLACKS selected offensive lineman Mark Korte (Core-tay) with their first-round pick, fourth overall, in Thursday’s 2018 CFL Draft.

The Spruce Grove, Alberta native was a key component in the University of Alberta’s offensive line last year that helped REDBLACKS’ 2017 draft pick Ed Ilnicki rush for a new conference single-season record 1,468 yards. Korte’s performance earned him Canada West’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman honours.

“He’s a young, very athletic player who’s not afraid to compete,” said REDBLACKS GM Marcel Desjardins. “We were zeroed in on the offensive line for sure and we’re happy Mark was available.”

With the pick, Korte joins the likes of Nolan MacMillan, Antoine Pruneau, Alex Mateas, Jason Lauzon-Seguin and Evan Johnson as first-round draft selections of the REDBLACKS.