Eskimos 2016 draft pick going back to university

Edmonton’s final selection in the 2016 CFL Draft, linebacker DJ Lalama is heading back to the University of Manitoba to work on his MBA and play his final year for the Bisons, per CFL sources.

The Eskimos drafted the Bisons star in the 8th round, 70th overall back on May 10. He played in one pre-season game with Edmonton and made one special teams tackle.

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In 2015 the Winnipeg native registered 53 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and recovered another while playing his third CIS season. Lalama was a captain for Brian Dobie’s team and anchored the Bisons’ defence at middle linebacker. The 22-year-old earned the Canada West Student-Athlete Community Service award last year.

Back in May, Lalama attended New York Giants rookie mini-camp.

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