Josiah St. John was a guy the then Phoenix Scorpions really targeted in the 2016 SFL Draft, but the Dallas Six-Shooters snagged him first. But the franchise never took their eyes off the big Canadian offensive tackle, who played collegiately at Oklahoma.
Not long into the offseason, he Raptors acquired the 6-foot-5, 305-pound offensive tackle from the Six-Shooters for a second round draft pick in 2018.
St. John was blocked on the depth chart in Dallas behind multiple All-SFL caliber tackles, but in the preseason and the few opportunities he did have to play during the regular season, he always showed his ability and promise. The Raptors have gone with veteran offensive tackle Thaddeus Coleman at offensive tackle for the last year and a half but he has always been viewed as a stop-gap at the position. St. John is significantly younger with way more upside, though he is not guaranteed a starting job either.
St. John will likely be in an intense competition with 2016 third round draft pick Cole Toner and 2017 territorial pick Sam Tevi for a starting job. 2017 seventh round pick Dieugot Joseph has always been a player on the rise.
“Josiah is the kind of guy you want in here because he does nothing but work incredibly hard,” Head Coach Ken Norton, Jr. said. “He puts so much into every snap he takes and he’s a great leader by example. You root for him because of how hard he works. He’s a big, sturdy guy and he’ll absolutely benefit our team. Even if he’s not a starter for us he’ll be pushing others to be great.”