The Bombers were last to the first pick dance but go home adding some depth to compliment their big off season acquisitions. In all eight players were drafted by the blue and gold in the 2016 CFL Draft: 2 offensive lineman, 2 defensive lineman, 2 linebackers, a safety and a receiver.
Saskatchewan had the first pick and took Canadian offensive lineman Josiah St. John out of the University of Oklahoma. Winnipeg came into the draft without a first round pick, selecting 9th and 10th Tuesday night.
Following a first round where lineman led the way, the Bombers also looked for big bodies early. They took defensive lineman Trent Corney out of Virginia with their first pick. The 6’3, 255lb end played 4 seasons with the Cavaliers with 51 tackles and 4 sacks.
Also holding the next pick, 10th overall, Winnipeg drafted offensive lineman Michael Couture out of Simon Fraser University. The 6’4, 276lb Burnaby native was his team’s top lineman in 2012.
From there the Bombers took safety Taylor Loffler in the third round, 19th overall. The University of British Columbia product also spent a season south of the border with Boise State.
Winnipeg grabbed another defensive player in the 4th round. Selecting Laval linebacker Shayne Gauthier 28th overall.
On to the 5th round and the Bombers used the 37th overall pick for an offensive lineman, taking McMaster’s Zach Intzandt.
The 6th round went back to defense for the Bombers, who used the 46th overall pick on Rupert Butcher from the University of Western Ontario. The 6’5 300lb lineman had 19 total tackles in 2015.
The Bombers picked local for their 7th round selection, drafting Winnipeg native and Bison receiver Alex Vitt 55th overall. The Manitoba slot back had 711 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns last season.
For their final pick Winnipeg selected linebacker Frank Renaud from Windsor in the 8th round 63rd overall.
Away from the Bombers David Onyemata saw his name called for a second draft this month. The Manitoba Bisons defensive lineman was taken by Saskatchewan in the 4th round, 35th overall. Onyemata also went in the 4th round of the NFL draft to the New Orleans Saints. He wasn’t the lone Bison drafted by the Riders. Winnipeg native and Bisons offensive lineman Alex McKay went in the 6th round, 52nd overall.
DJ Lalama was the final of four U of M players drafted, selected 70th overall in the 8th round by Edmonton. The linebacker came into the draft after attending a New York Giants mini camp earlier in the month.
“I am extremely happy for all four players to be drafted in the 2016 CFL Draft,” commented Bison Football head coach Brian Dobie in a Bisons Media release. “I felt our program had several draft worthy players for this year’s draft and pleased that the CFL teams took notice.”
Two other Manitobans were picked up on draft night. Winnipeg native Sean Jamieson was picked in the third 3rd round, 20th overall by Montreal. The offensive lineman plays for Western University in London, Ontario. Winnipegger and Simon Fraser defensive lineman Quinn Horton was picked up in the 8th round, 68th by Calgary.
Blue Bombers Picks:
9th – Trent Corney, DE, Virginia
10th – Michael Couture, OL, Simon Fraser University
19th – Taylor Loffler, DB, University of British Columbia
28th – Shayne Gauthier, LB, Laval
37th – Zach Intzandt, OL, McMaster
46th – Rupert Butcher, DL, University of Western Ontario
55th – Alex Vitt, WR, Manitoba
63rd – Frank Renaud, LB, Windsor