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Jonathan Sutherland Drafted By CFL’s Montreal Alouettes

Penn State football linebacker Jonathan Sutherland was selected with the No. 5 overall pick by the Montreal Alouettes in the 2023 Canadian Football League Draft.

The selection comes after Sutherland signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent on April 29 following the 2023 NFL Draft, leaving the Nittany Lion with a choice regarding his future landing spot.

Sutherland, an Ottawa, Ontario, native, spent six seasons at Penn State, beginning in 2017. He finished his career with 137 total tackles (78 solo), eight tackles for loss, five pass breakups, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and one interception.

Despite spending the first four years of his collegiate career as a safety, 5’11”, 214-pound Sutherland eventually became a linebacker.

In 2022, Sutherland had 38 total tackles (24 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one broken pass, and one fumble recovery. He appeared in 12 games and made eight starts. His 38 tackles in 2022 matched a career-high, which he initially set in 2018.

Despite Sutherland’s versatility, Montreal ultimately drafted the Nittany Lion as a linebacker. The Alouettes finished 9-9 in the East Division in 2022.

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