There has been an intriguing receiver added to the 2018 CFL draft at the 11th hour: Pete Berryman.
Berryman walked-on at Auburn University and spent two seasons with the Tigers football team. After winning two state championships as a basketball player at Mountain Brook High in Birmingham, Alabama, he originally chose Auburn for its engineering program and entered the school as a student but he changed his mind his junior year, trying out and making the football team. The son of former CFL linebacker Tim Berryman was named scout team player of the year in 2016, his first season. Then made the roster in 2017 and was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Mom Cynthia and father Tim are native Canadians who moved to the United States after university. Both have athletic backgrounds. Tim played linebacker at the University of Ottawa and won the Vanier Cup in 1975. He was the first overall pick in the 1976 CFL draft by the Eskimos going on to play six seasons with Edmonton, Hamilton, Ottawa and Toronto. Cynthia played volleyball at Queen’s University.
Berryman checks in at six-foot-four, 220 pounds running the 40-yard dash in 4.60, short shuttle 4.30, broad jumping nine-feet, seven inches and vertical leaping 35 inches.
Tigers offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey said Berryman is highly intelligent, fast for his size, catches the ball naturally away from his body with great hands and brings high character to the locker room.
CFL teams are working diligently to get full reports put together in advance of the CFL draft, which goes Thursday night.