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Winnipeg Blue Bombers CFL Draft Review, Bolster Defense

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers bolstered their defense at the draft selecting 6 defensive players and 2 offensive players. They used both of their global picks on punters. All 8 players taken in the CFL draft most recently played at U Sports Universities.

Global Round 1, Selection #8: Jamieson Sheahan, P, California

Jamieson Sheahan was the 2nd Australian punter taken in the CFL Global draft. He played his collegiate football for California. In 28 games he averaged 43.51 yards per punt, third all-time in California’s program history. He has 28 career punts over 50 yards and has pinned teams inside their 20-yard line 34 times. Has also contributed 2 tackles.

In his senior year, Sheahan was Second-Team All-Pac-12 and was 15th in the nation averaging 45.1 yards per punt.

Prior to playing for California he reached the second-highest level of Australian rules football and was selected as his team’s top first-year player in 2018.


Global Round 2, Selection #17: Karl Schmitz, P, Jacksonville

Karl Schmitz was the 5th punter taken in the global draft and the only player of Bermuda. He may be a rookie in the CFL but is not a rookie in professional football. He is 36 years old and has spent time among different NFL teams. He entered the NFL first in 2015 with the Denver Broncos. He has also been a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Caroline Panthers.

He has a YouTube channel in which he showcases his ability to not only make big punts but also field goals.

Round 1, Selection #8: Anthony Bennett, DL, Regina

Bennet was named First-Team All-Canadian and a Canada West-All Star last season during which he set a single-season sack record for Regina. He also tied the single-season record for tackles for a loss at 10.5. He also added 4.5 tackles and a sack in the postseason loss to UBC.

Bennet led the defensive lineman on his team in tackles contributing 17 solo, 8 assisted tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks in 2021. Prior to playing at Regina, Bennet played at Florida Atlantic University.

Bennett is one of the older players at the draft at age 26. At the combine, he ran a 4.76 40-yard dash, 30-inch vertical, and 9’6 broad jump. He measures 6’0 and 229 pounds.

Round 2, Selection #15: Jake Kelly, DB, Bishop’s

Jake Kelly played his collegiate ball for Bishop’s in the U Sports Atlantic. He was named the Brian Morely Defensive Player of the Year for the program.

Kelly played all 8 games for the Gaiters in 2022 contributing 24 tackles (19 solo), a forced fumble, and 2 interceptions one of which he took back for a touchdown.

In 2021 he had 29 tackles (19 solo), and an interception.

Kelly ran a 4.56 40-yard dash, 40.5 vertical, and 10’2 broad jump at the combine. He measures just under 5’11 and 182 pounds. | Receiver Jeremy Murphy named RSEQ rookie of the year

Round 3, Selection #26: Jeremy Murphy, WR, Concordia

Jeremy Murphy was named U Sports First Team All-Canadian last season and the U Sports Rookie of the Year in 2019.

Murphy caught 29 passes for 589 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2021. He also added 5 catches for 89 yards and 2 touchdowns in the team’s playoff loss to the eventual Vanier Cup Champions against Laval.

His 2021 season was ended by a hamstring injury and the 2020 season was canceled by the pandemic. Prior to Concordia Murphy played Division 3 for Champlain College St-Lambert.

Murphy ran a 4.58 40-yard dash, 35 vertical, and 9’10 broad jump. He measures 6’0 and 190 pounds.

Round 4, Selection #35: Tanner Schmekel, DL, Regina

Tanner Schmekel was a 2022 U Sports First-Team All-Canadian and Canada West All-Star. He contributed six tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 14 tackles (11 solo), and a pass breakup. He started all 8 games at defensive tackle in 2022. In Regina’s playoff loss, he had 3 tackles (1 solo) and 0.5 tackles for loss.

In 2021 Schmekel started all six games at nose tackle. He contributed 13 tackles (5 solo), and a sack.

2020 was canceled due to the pandemic. In 2019 Schmekel played in the CJFL.

Schmekel contributed 23 tackles (10 solo) in 8 games for the Rams in 2018. He was a redshirt freshman in 2017.

Schmekel ran a 5.3 40-yard dash, 28.5 vertical, and 8’10 broad jump at the combine. He measures 6’1 and 290 pounds.


Round 5, Selection #44: Collin Kornelson, DL, Manitoba

Collin Kornelson gets to stay in his hometown and continue playing at IG Field after playing for Manitoba. He was the team captain in 2022.

Kornelson played all 8 games in 2022 contributing 27 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and two tackles for loss. He also added 4 tackles and a 12-yard sack in Manitoba’s playoff loss.

Kornelson played six games in 2021 contributing 18.5 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 tackle for loss.

Kornelson ran a 5.11, 30-inch vertical, and 9’1 broad jump at the combine. He measures 288 pounds and is just under 6’2.

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Round 6, Selection #53: Breton MacDougall, DB, Windsor

Breton MacDougall played in all 15 games for Windsor from 2021 to 2022. He contributed 56 tackles (34 solo), 7 passes defended, 4 interceptions, and a forced fumble.

He ran a 4.65 40-yard dash, 35.5 vertical, and 9’8 broad jump at the combine. He measures 6’2 and 208 pounds.

Round 7, Selection #62: Jonathan Rosery, RB, Alberta

Jonathan Rosery was named a Canada West All-Star in 2022 during which he caught 29 passes for 536 yards and 2 touchdowns in just 6 games. He also rushed for 160 yards on 36 carries.

Over the last 3 seasons, Rosery contributed 564 rushing yards on 118 carries and a touchdown averaging 4.8 yards per carry over 19 games. He also added 75 catches for 1,151 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns.

Rosary ran a 4.81 40-yard dash, 32.5 inch-vertical, and 9’2 broad jump at the combine. He measures 5’8 and 199 pounds.

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Round 8, Selection #71: Max Charbonneau, LB, Ottawa

Max Charbonneau finished his career with Ottawa by having his best season in 2022. In six regular-season games as a middle linebacker, he contributed 17 tackles (9 solo), a tackle for loss, a forced fumble, a pass breakup, and a blocked kick. In two playoff games, he added 10.5 tackles, a sack, 2 tackles for loss, and a forced fumble.

Charbonneau started all 6 games in 2021 during which he had 24 tackles (19 solo). He also added 3 tackles and an interception in Ottawa’s playoff game against Toronto.

Charbonneau ran a 4.85 40-yard dash, 34.5 vertical, and 9’4 broad jump at the combine. He measures 6’2 and 224 pounds.

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