University of Regina defensive back Kahlen Branning has accepted an invite to rookie mini-camp with the Detroit Lions.
The Moose Jaw native was a Canada West all-star in 2016, starting three games at halfback and four at cornerback while registering 11 solo tackles, 11 assisted tackles, and a team-leading six knockdowns. He also ran track for the University of Regina.
Branning went undrafted in the 2016 CFL draft, despite putting up good numbers at both the Edmonton regional and national CFL combine. He attended an NFL regional combine in February of 2017 where he ran an 4.47 40-yard dash at just over six-feet and 181 pounds, which would have been the fastest time at this year’s CFL Combine. Adding a 4.26 shuttle time, 10-foot broad jump and 36.5-inch vertical leap.
Winnipeg added Branning to their negotiation list shortly after that NFL regional, meaning the Bombers control his CFL rights.