Stampeders considering DE Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund with first overall pick of 2020 CFL draft

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A new name has surfaced for number-one consideration in the 2020 CFL draft.

Justin Dunk reported on Tuesday that Calgary is open to trading this year’s first overall pick, which suggests the team has not yet decided what to do with the selection. When asked, a source close to the team indicated that selecting East Carolina linebacker Jordan Williams at first overall isn’t a slam dunk.

Per source, the Stampeders covet Southeastern Louisiana defensive end Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund. The native of Dartmouth, N.S. makes sense for a Calgary team that starts a national player along the defensive line.

Veterans Jabar Westerman and Ese Mrabure weren’t retained in free agency, which leaves Derek Wiggan and Vincent Desjardins as the club’s only remaining defensive tackles.

The Stamps signed local defensive end Connor McGough in free agency, a move designed to bolster the team’s pass rush and provide depth along the defensive line. Adding Adeyemi-Berglund into the fold could allow Calgary to mix-and-match Canadians along the line, rotating them at the interior or on the edge.

Adeyemi-Berglund’s frame — six-foot-two, 243 pounds — will allow him to compete on special teams, something he did regularly with the Lions. He also fits Calgary’s mold as an intelligent player with a high motor and off-field intangibles.

It’s possible that Williams could still be the first overall pick of Thursday’s draft, but there remains at least one other player still under consideration for the Stamps.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.