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Central Michigan receiver Mark Chapman was selected No. 1 overall in the Canadian Football League Draft on Thursday night.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats took Chapman with the first pick after a season in which he led the Chippewas in receiving yards (805) and receptions (54). He also was tied for second on the team with five touchdowns.
Chapman is the second player from a Michigan college to be taken No. 1 overall in the CFL Draft, after Western Michigan offensive lineman Tom Nütten, also selected by Hamilton.
With Chapman’s selection, Central Michigan goes down in history as one of just six colleges to have a player taken first overall in both the CFL and NFL drafts, joining Iowa, Oklahoma, Washington State, Utah and Syracuse.
Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher went No. 1 in the NFL Draft in 2013, drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs.
“Definitely a relief, finally having some clarity,” said Chapman, who watched the draft with friends and family in Port Huron. “It’s a stressful time behind closed doors for the athletes. I’m just excited. To go No. 1 overall, it’s surreal. I never envisioned myself in this position.”
Hamilton traded up to get Chapman, swapping the No. 2 pick with Montreal. Chapman’s brother, Jarrett, another CMU alum, played a season with Hamilton. Chapman, 23, was eligible for the draft as he holds dual citizenship. His mother, Pattie, is from Sarnia, just across the Blue Water Bridge from Port Huron.
For an idea of how much the No. 1 overall selection will earn Chapman, last year’s top pick, defensive lineman Faith Ekakitie of Iowa, received about $88,000 guaranteed in Year 1 of the contract, including a housing allowance.
Chapman, 6-foot and 180 pounds, played four years at Central Michigan, after starring at Port Huron High School. As a senior, he was No. 18 on The Detroit News’ Blue Chip List. He also played basketball and ran track and field in high school.
He was third-team All-Mid-American Conference this past season, as Central Michigan was 8-5 with a loss to Wyoming in the Potato Bowl. His biggest game this season came in a Week 2 victory over Power 5 team Kansas, when he had eight catches for 168 yards and three touchdowns.
Chapman appeared in 13 games each of the past three seasons, and finished his career with 2,035 yards on 147 receptions, with 11 touchdowns (one rushing).
Chapman has been invited to a rookie minicamp with the New York Giants and still plans to attend, with permission from Hamilton’s front office, according to Central Michigan athletic-department officials.
The schools with a player taken No. 1 overall in both the CFL and NFL Drafts:
■Central Michigan: CFL — Mark Chapman, 2018; NFL — Eric Fisher, 2013
■Iowa: CFL — Faith Ekakitie, 2017; NFL — Randy Duncan, 1959
■Oklahoma: CFL — Josiah St. John, 2016; NFL — Lee Roy Selmon, 1976; Billy Sims, 1980; Sam Bradford, 2010; Baker Mayfield, 2018
■Syracuse: CFL — Steve Scully, 1975; NFL — Ernie Davis, 1962
■Utah: CFL — Chad Folk, 1997; NFL — Alex Smith, 2005
■Washington State: CFL — Rob Meier, 1999; Adam Braidwood, 2006; NFL: — Drew Bledsoe, 1993