Yesterday, the 2022 CFL Global draft and the CFL league draft took place, and again the Blue Bombers knocked it out of the park it picking up five defensive players, one offensive player, and two punters.
The Bombers kicked off their draft night hours before the draft even started. The team struck a deal with the Montreal Alouettes giving the #9 and #18 overall pick in exchange for the #13 overall pick and Canadian defensive tackle Cameron Lawson.
CFL League Draft
In the first round with the number #13 overall pick, the Blue Bombers kicked off their draft night by selecting Tyrell Ford.
Ford is a six-foot 180lbs defensive back out of the University of Waterloo. As a Warrior, Ford played in 31 games totaling 100 tackles, 15 pass breaks, and six interceptions.
At the National Combine, Ford posted the 40 time (4.42) and has NFL mini-camp invitations from the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets.
In the fourth round, the Blue Bombers stayed on the defensive side of the ball adding 2022 Canada West all-star and Winnipeg native Cole Adamson.
Adamson is a six-foot-five 291lbs defensive tackle from Manitoba University where he appeared in 27 games recording 65 tackles, four pass breaks, one sack, a forced fumble, and an interception.
Adamson is a player that could see immediate playing time with the lost Jonathan Kongbo to the NFL’s Denver Broncos. Pairing him up with Cameron Lawson who the team traded for earlier in the day will provide the team with some depth at the DT position.
In the fifth round the Blue Bombers picked up Chris Ciguineau becoming one of six player to be selected from Ottaw University in the draft.
Standing at six-foot-three 190lbs, Ciguineau will be the tallest defensive back on the Winnipegs roster. One thing you can’t teach is height and if he can find his way into the lineup it could vastly improve the teams secondary.
“There is no other defensive back with my physique (size and height) that has my agility. I started my career as a receiver, which allows me today, as a defensive back, to anticipate more easily the play that is going on in the offense,” said Chris in a interview with Draft Diamonds.
After securing some players in the secondary, it was time to give Cole Adamson a rookie partner on the defensive line with the selection of Gryphons product, Jermey Kapelanski.
Kapelanski is a six-foor-three 280lbs defensive linemen. In his Senior year, he had 103 total tackles in seven games. He also had three sacks for a total of 21 yards and three pass breaks.
Fun Fact: Blue Bombers GM Kyle Walter and head Coach Mike O’Shae are former Gryphons.
The fifth player to be joining the men in blue and gold was Cedrick Lavigne out of Carleton University.
Lavigne is a six-foot 206 lbs defensive back that posted a career high of 11 solo tackles in his last season at Carlenton. To go along with his 11 solo tackles, Lavigne had two inteceptions and one pass break.
With the last pick in the CFL league draft Kyle Walters and his staff did a 180 selecting fullback Konner Burtenshaw from Queens Univesity.
At Quuens, Burtenshaw was lauded the 2017 OUA All-Rookie Team selection.throughout his college career he has shown that he has a knack for getting to the ball by leading his team in special team’s tackles.