With the 2nd pick overall in Sunday’s CFL Draft, the Saskatchewan Roughriders selected linebacker Cameron Judge from UCLA.
The 22 year old Montreal product played in 11 games for the Bruins last season at linebacker and on special teams, making two starts. He collected a career-high 20 tackles along with one interception last season including a season-high four tackles in a contest against Stanford.
In 47 career games, the 6-foot-2, 235-pounder had 30 solo and 16 assisted tackles.
In the 2nd round, the team took offensive lineman Dariusz Bladek from Bethune-Cookman with the 11th overall pick.
Bladek (6’4 – 300 lbs.) was selected by the Riders after spending four seasons at Bethune-Cookman University. The 23-year-old Florida resident, started 33 of 34 collegiate games while with the Wildcats.
He was named to the 2015 SBN Black College All-America Team while also picking up the Larry Little Award as BCU’s offensive lineman of the year.
Saskatchewan never had a pick in Round 3 however they made pair a pair of selections in Round 4: TE Antony Auclair (Laval) with the 30th overall selection and OL Eddie Meredith (Western) at #32.
The Roughriders went local in the fifth round, selecting University of Rams receiver Mitchell Picton with the 37th overall selection.
I couldn’t be happier. I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Riders organization. I can’t thank their coaching staff enough and I can’t wait to get to work with my new teammates. Really going into tonight I had no idea (where he’d go), I came in with an open mind and didn’t have any expectations so I couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome. I grew up cheering for the Riders so it’s incredible to be here.”
In Round 6, the Riders made OL Danny Sprukulis (U of Toronto) the 46th overall selection.
In the seventh round Saskatchewan selected LB Alexandre Chevrier (Sherbrooke) at #55 and two picks later they chose DT Emmanuel Adusei (Carleton).
In the eighth and final round, the Riders chose OL Marc Glaude (U of Montreal) at #64.
So in all, the Riders chose nine players (four offensive linemen, two linebackers, one defensive tackle, one receiver and a tightend).
“Our first guy was our top linebacker and certainly Bladek was our highest-rated guard that could come right now. We felt fortunate to get him in the 2nd round,” Rider Head Coach & GM Chris Jones said after the draft. “We’re hoping (they can play in 2017). Everybody hopes the guys you take in the first couple, three rounds are guys that can come in help you right away. Then in the later rounds you’re looking for guys that can go back to school and maybe develop.
“We felt like we were very solid in our draft and a lot of work went into it.”