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The Argos Sign 11 Of 12 Players From 2022 CFL Draft Class

The Argos have signed eleven players from their 2022 CFL Draft Class. The lone remaining unsigned Argonauts draft pick is second-round selection, DT Deionte Knight. This coming weekend, the former Western standout will be trying out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at rookie minicamp.

Knight, the J.P. Metras Award winner for most outstanding linemen in Canadian university football, just completed a tryout for the Washington Commanders this past weekend. Deionte Knight could continue to pursue other NFL opportunities this spring/summer even if he doesn’t land a contract with Tampa or Washington.

Toronto’s three-day rookie camp will start on May 11th for draft picks and first-year CFL players before rosters are cut down to 85 on May 14th. Veterans are expected to arrive on Sunday, May 15th, and two days later, the roster gets trimmed down to the final 75 plus non-counters.

 The Toronto Argonauts‘ draft pick signings are as follows, OL Gregor MacKellar (first round, pick-six), RB Daniel Adeboboye (second round, pick 15), LB Enoch Penney-Laryea (third round, pick 26), OL Braydon Noll  (fourth round, pick 35), LB Daniel Kwamou (fifth round, pick 44), DB Eric Sutton (sixth round, pick 53), TE Chase Arseneau (seventh round, pick 62), and OL Michael Pezzuto (eighth round, pick 71),. The three Global draft signings are P John Haggerty (RD1), DL Simeon Okonta-Wariso (RD2), and OL Otavio Amorim (RD3).

The Argos also brought back Canadian OL Mojtaba Mehry, was signed by the Boatmen in 2021, and spent training camp with the football club. The 24-year-old, 6’5, 300lb lineman Leamington, Ontario native and former University of Toronto player, joins a crowded locker room. But will have another opportunity to compete for a roster spot.

These 12 signings bring Toronto’s current roster count up to 103 players.  The team will have a lot of crucial decisions to make heading into training camp. And ultimately, the Argos’ first preseason game since 2019, on Friday, May 27th, when the Boatmen sail to Ottawa.

Below is the Toronto Argonauts press release on today’s signings.

Argos Sign Eleven From 2022 CFL Draft Class

TORONTO – The Toronto Argonauts have signed eight rookies from their 2022 CFL Draft class and all three global players from the 2022 Global Draft; OL Gregor MacKellar, RB Daniel Adeboboye, LB Enoch Penney-Laryea, OL Braydon Noll, LB Daniel Kwamou, DB Eric Sutton, TE Chase Arseneau, OL Michael Pezzuto, P John Haggerty, DL Simeon Okonta-Wariso and OL Otavio Amorim. The team also added Canadian OL Mojtaba Mehry.

MacKellar (first round, pick-six), 6’5 and 311lbs, was named U SPORTS Second Team All-Canadian and AUS All-Star in 2021 and 2019 with the St. Francis Xavier X-Men. The Nova Scotia native, who went to high school in Ontario, played three seasons of U SPORTS football at the east coast school after initially landing a scholarship with the University of Rice in Houston, Texas, in 2017, where he redshirted.

Adeboboye (second round, pick 15), 5’9 and 218lbs, rushed for 507 yards and six touchdowns in his senior season at Bryant University in 2021. The Toronto native was First Team All-NEC during his junior season when he rushed for 445 yards and two touchdowns while becoming the first Bryant RB to average over 100 yards per game since 2015. Adeboboye rushed for 1,816 yards (seventh all-time in Bryant history) and 16 touchdowns over 34 career games for the Bulldogs.

Penney-Laryea (third round, pick 26), 6’1 and 230lbs, played 21 games for McMaster over three seasons totaling 55 tackles, 15.5 for loss, 10.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and one interception for the Marauders. Penney-Laryea, born in Jamaica, played two seasons at Division III Union College in New York before coming to Canada.

Noll (fourth round, pick 35), 6’6 and 295lbs, spent five seasons at Wilfrid Laurier, where he played every position along the offensive line and was part of a team that won the OUA in 2016.

Kwamou (fifth round, pick 44), 6’1 and 224lbs, spent four years at the University of British Columbia (2018-2021), where he tallied 51 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and one interception in 17 career games.

Sutton (sixth round, pick 53), 5’9, 175lbs, played ten games for Texas State in 2021 and tallied 22 tackles for the Bobcats. Born in Texas, Sutton played at Southern Methodist University (2016-2019) before Texas State, where he recorded 45 tackles in 37 games played for the Mustangs.

Arseneau (seventh round, pick 62), 6’4 and 225lbs, was selected to the 2021 East-West Bowl and helped the Marauders win the Yates Cup in 2019. He is from Whitby, Ontario.

Pezzuto (eighth round, pick 71), 6’3 and 245lbs, played four seasons at the University of Ottawa (2017-2021), where he added 37 tackles, 10 for loss, 5.5 sacks, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, and one interception in 21 games played for the Gee-Gees.

From Sydney, Australia, Haggerty (global round 1, pick four) played three seasons at the University of Western Kentucky (2019-2021). The 6’5, 225lb punter was a 2021 Conference USA Honourable Mention after averaging 48.7 yards per punt, the best in Hilltoppers history, with 16 punts over 50 yards. Hagerty’s career average of 46.5 yards per punt is the best in WKU history. The Australian was All-Conference USA Second Team in 2020 and 2019 All-Conference USA First Team.

Okonto-Wariso (global round two, pick 15), 6’1 and 225lbs, had a stellar CFL combine in March, posting 24 reps of 225lbs on the bench press and a 32.5” vertical. The 26-year-old native of the UK played football at the University of Derby from 2016-to 2019 and on the British national team and the Premier League’s London Blitz in 2018 and 2019. The defensive lineman would move to Germany in 2021, where he would record 36 tackles, two tackles for loss, and one interception for the Lubeck Cougars.

Amorim (global round three, pick 22), who hails from Brazil, is a 6’3, 342lb offensive lineman who played with the Berlin Thunder of the European League of Football. In March, the Brazilian ran an impressive 5.28-second 40-yard dash with 20 reps on the bench press and a seven-foot, six-inch broad jump at the CFL Combine.

Mojtaba, 24, spent four years with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues (2018-2021), where he played in 22 games. The 6’5, 300lb lineman from Leamington, ON, was signed by the Argos in 2021 and spent training camp with the club.

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