The Saskatchewan Roughriders made 8 selections in the CFL Draft taking 2 Defensive linemen, 2 offensive linemen, 2 linebackers, 1 defensive back, and 1 running back. They also drafted a punter and defensive lineman in the Global Draft. Some of their selections are getting looks from NFL teams, should these players be led to the CFL in the future they will be tremendous assets for the Roughriders.
Global Round 1, Selection #3: Adam Korsak, P, Rutgers
Adam Korsak was the first punter and first Australian off the board in the CFL Global Draft. He won the Ray Guy Award in 2022 which is awarded to the nation’s most outstanding punter by the Augusta Sports Council. He will be attending rookie minicamps with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In addition to winning the Ray Guy Award in 2022, Korsak was a finalist in 2021, on the watch list for the award in 2020 and 2018, and a semi-finalist in 2019.
Korsak played in 58 games for Rutgers averaging 43.9 yards per punt. He had 63 punts over 50 yards and 145 punts inside the 20 yard-line.
Global Round 2, Selection #12: Habakkuk Baldonado, DL, Pittsburgh
Habakkuk Baldonado was the third defensive lineman drafted and the only Italian in the Global Draft. He was recently signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Giants. In 2022 he missed 3 games due to injury and started in 9 games contributing 25 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks.
Baldonado started all 14 games at defensive end in 2021 and collected 42 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 9 sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. He played in 40 games over his career at Pittsburgh and totaled 99 tackles (45 solo), 22.5 tackles for loss, and 15 sacks.
Baldonado ran a 4.78 40 yard-dash, 35” vertical, and 10’0 broad jump at the NFL combine. He measures 6’4 and 251 pounds.
Round 1, Selection #3: Lake Korte-Moore, DL, UBC
Lake Korte-Moore was a Canada West all-star in 2022. Throughout last season he contributed 48 tackles (26 solo), 6 sacks, 3 passes defended, and a forced fumble over the 8 regular season games and 2 playoff games. 14 of his tackles (11 solo) came in the 2 playoff games.
Over his 4 season career at UBC Korte-Moore contributed 110 tackles (63 solo), 23 tackles for loss, and 10 sacks in 34 games.
Korte-Moore ran a 5.04 40-yard dash, 35’ vertical, and 9’7 broad jump at the CFL combine. He measures 6’3 and 264 pounds.
Round 2, Selection #11: Jaxon Ford, DB, Regina
Jaxon Ford is from Regina, played college for Regina, and now gets to continue playing at Mosaic Stadium now for the Roughriders. He was a U Sports Second-Team All-Canadian and Canada West All-Star in 2022.
In 2022 Ford started all 8 games at safety contributing 25.5 tackles (20 solo), 3.5 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 3 pass breakups, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery he returned for a touchdown. He also added 3 tackles (1 solo) in Regina’s playoff loss to UBC.
In Ford’s 4 season career at Regina, he played 29 games totaling 130 tackles (85 solo), 10.5 tackles for loss, 5 interceptions, 11 passes defended, 0.5 sacks, 11 passes defended, 2 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries.
Ford ran a 4.68 40-yard dash, 36’ vertical, and 9’11 broad jump at the CFL combine. He measures just under 6’0 and weighs 199 pounds.
Round 3, Selection #21: Matt Dean, LB, York
Matt Dean played all 8 games for York in 2022 contributing 47 tackles (41 solo), 4 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, 3 passes defended and a fumble recovery.
In Dean’s 4 season career at York, he played 31 games totaling 115 tackles (90 solo), 12.5 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 2 interceptions, 7 passes defended, 1 forced fumble, and 3 fumble recoveries.
Dean ran a 4.74 40-yard dash, 34.5 vertical, and 9’5 broad jump at the combine. He measures 6’1 and 227 pounds.
Round 4, Selection #30: Thomas Bertrand-Hudon, RB, Delaware State
Thomas Bertrand-Hudon played in 11 games last season for Delaware State rushing the ball 75 times for 282 yards and 5 touchdowns amounting to a 3.8 yard per carry.
Bertrand-Hudon played 4 seasons for Delaware State appearing in 27 games. He totaled 1016 yards and touchdowns on the ground averaging 4.3 yards per carry. He also added 11 receptions for 51 yards.
Bertrand-Hudon ran a 4.71 40-yard dash, 36.5 vertical, and 9’2 broad jump at the combine. He measures 5’11 and 227 pounds.
Round 6, Selection #48: Sidy Sow, OL, Eastern Michigan
Sidy Sow played his college ball for Eastern Michigan in the MAC. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the fourth round (117th overall).
Sow started 54 of 56 games for Eastern Michigan and was First-Team All-MAC at guard in both of the last 2 seasons.
Sidy Sow ran a 5.07 40-yard dash, 32’ vertical and 9’2 broad jump at the NFL combine. He measures 6’5 and 323 pounds.
Round 7, Selection #57: Evan Floren, OL, Queen’s
Evan Floren has started 21 regular season games plus playoffs for Queen’s. He was a key player for the program from year 1 starting every game as a freshman in 2019. Many are surprised Saskatchewan was able to draft him this late as 3DownNation had him ranked 22nd among prospects.
Floren ran a 5.36 40-yard dash, 25.5 vertical and 7’11 broad jump at the CFL combine. He measures 6’3 and 303 pounds.
Round 7, Selection #60: Nick Thomas, LB, Manitoba
Nick Thomas was a 2021 U Sports All-Canadian. He missed a lot of last season due to injury. He is projected by analysts to primarily be a special teams player due to his size.
Thomas played 4 seasons for the Manitoba Bison. In 24 games he totaled 107 tackles (73 solo), 7 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 3 passes defended, and 2 force fumbles.
Thomas did not participate in the 40-yard dash at the combine. He performed a 33.5 vertical. He measures 5’9 and 218 pounds.
Round 8, Selection #66: Tavius Robinson, DL, Ole Miss
Tavius Robinson is another selection that is taken for a chance at a talented player in the future rather than right now. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens with the 22nd pick in the 4th round.
Robinson started all 13 games for Ole Miss in 2022 contributing 44 tackles (17 solo), 8 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, and a pass defended. He was tied for 6th in sacks among SEC players.
Robinson played 34 games for Ole Miss over 3 seasons totaling 90 tackles (36 solo), 14 tackles for loss, and 11.5 sacks.
Before transferring to Ole Miss, Robinson played for the University of Guelph where he was an OUA Conference all-star in 2019.
Robinson ran a 4.62 40-yard dash, 33.5 vertical, and 10’0 broad jump at the NFL combine. He measures 6’6 and 257 pounds.
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