Tiger-Cats select tight ex-Boston College Jake Burt with first pick in 2021 CFL Draft

Tiger-Cats select tight ex-Boston College Jake Burt with first pick in 2021 CFL Draft

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats selected tight end Jake Burt with the No. 1 pick in the 2021 CFL Draft on Tuesday night.

The former Boston College player was a late addition to the draft. Six-foot-five, 245-pound Burt was born in Regina and lived there for about four years before moving to Boston with his family.

The Ticates have also announced that they have signed a three-year contract with Burt.

Burt has appeared in 36 career games at Boston College, recording 23 catches for 307 yards and two touchdowns. After being bypassed in the 2020 NFL Draft, Burt signed as a free agent with the New England Patriots, spending the entire season on the training roster before becoming a free agent this offseason.

Burt’s situation is very similar to that of linebacker Alex Singleton. A native of California, who played college at Montana State, Singleton spent time in 2015 with Seattle, New England and Minnesota before being deemed eligible for the CFL 16 draft because his mother was Canadian.

Singleton finished sixth overall in Calgary and quickly became a CFL star. He was a two-time league star and in 17 years was named the league’s top defensive player before helping the Stampeders win the 2018 Gray Cup.

Singleton joined the Philadelphia Eagles from the NFL in 2019 and signed with the club again in March.

The Roughriders land in Lokombo

The Saskatchewan Roughriders took on Nelson Lokombo, a defensive back with the Saskatchewan Huskies in 2nd place. , is a member of the British Columbia Lions.

The Gray Cup champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers looked to the future at No. 3, taking on Texas State offensive lineman Liam Dobson. The six-foot-three, 340-pound Ottawa native was recently transferred from Maine and will be playing at his new school this fall.

The British Columbia Lions followed suit in 4th, taking on Daniel Joseph of Brampton, Ont., A six-foot-three, 250-pound defensive lineman at North Carolina State. A former Penn State player, Joseph will also be returning to school in the fall.

The Edmonton football team turned to the present in 5th place, taking on Alberta defensive lineman Cole Nelson. The six-foot-six defensive lineman made 11 tackles in six games in 2019.

With the sixth overall selection, the Ottawa Redblacks have selected Maine linebacker Deshawn Stevens. The six-foot-two, 255-pound Toronto native is currently on the NCAA transfer portal, but said if he doesn’t receive an offer from another school, he would consider playing in the CFL this year rather than to return to Maine.

The Toronto Argonauts took Calgary Dinos offensive lineman Peter Nicastro in 7th place. The six-foot-one, 306-pound Calgary native helped the Dinos win a Vanier Cup in 2019 and can compete in camp immediately.

The Calgary Stampeders looked to the future with the selection of Calgary native Amen Ogbongbemiga, a top linebacker at Oklahoma State University. An outstanding colleague, the six-foot-one, 235-pound Ogbongbemiga signed an unwritten free agent contract with the LA NFL Chargers.

Hamilton finished the opening round in 9th place taking on University of British Columbia linebacker Nick Cross. The 5-foot-11, 203-pound Regina native was a Canadian first-team star of 2019, but he is expected to play it safe in the CFL.

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