Montreal Alouettes sign four 2017 draft picks to three-year contracts

MONTREAL - The Montreal Alouettes signed receivers Alexander Morrison and Malcolm Carter, offensive lineman Zach Annen and defensive back Ty Cranston to three-year contracts Wednesday.

All four players were selected by Montreal in the 2017 CFL draft.

"We liked what all these players showed us in training camp last year," Alouettes GM Kavis Reed said in a statement. "They all had outstanding final seasons at the amateur level and we look forward to having them with us on the field at training camp."

The six-foot-four, 220-pound Morrison had 42 catches for 707 yards and 10 TDs last season with the UBC Thunderbirds. Morrison, 25, was Montreal's fourth-round pick, No. 29 overall, last season.

The six-foot-six, 192-pound Carter had 23 catches for 423 yards and seven TDs in eight games with the Ottawa Sooners in the Canadian Junior Football League. The Ontario Conference's top offensive player last year was taken in the sixth round, No. 45 overall, by Montreal.

Annen was an All-Canadian centre last year, his final with the Carleton Ravens. Montreal selected Annen in the fifth round, No. 39 overall, in 2017 draft.

The six-foot-three, 205-pound Cranston had 30 tackles, one interception, two forces fumbles and a fumble recovery last season with the Ottawa Gee-Gees. Montreal took Cranston in the seventh round. No. 56 overall, last year.

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