Former Pitt WR Jared Wayne Taken in CFL Draft by Toronto Argonauts
Former Pitt wide receiver Jared Wayne found his new team as the Toronto Argonauts selected him in the 2023 CFL Draft Tuesday night.
A @Pitt_FB receiver goes to the defending champion @TorontoArgos in Jared Wayne.#CFLDraft pic.twitter.com/Cz5NAT2gYR
— CFL (@CFL) May 3, 2023
Wayne played four seasons for the Panthers from 2019-22, making 146 catches for 2,308 yards in 41 career games. He led the Panthers with 60 receptions, 1,063 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns in 2022. Wayne had his best game against Miami in the regular season finale, as he made 11 catches for 205 yards and grabbed three touchdowns, all career-highs.
He had one more season of eligibility to stay with the Panthers in 2023 with the COVID-19 year, but he chose to enter the NFL Draft instead, where he no team selected him.
Toronto took him in the Second Round of the CFL Draft with the No. 16 pick. He is also the second Pitt player that a CFL team drafted so far, as the Saskatchewan Roughriders took defensive lineman Habakkuk Baldonado as the No. 12 overall pick in the Second Round of the CFL Global Draft Tuesday afternoon.
Wayne, who stands at 6-foot-3, hails from Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, which is just about 86 miles outside of Toronto. He may not sign with Toronto, as he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texas. If he stays in Houston, he will join fellow Pitt teammate in defensive back Brandon Hill, who Houston drafted in the Sixth Round.