Eskimos nab pro-ready OL Tomas Jack-Kurdyla in 2020 CFL draft

The Edmonton Eskimos made nine selections during the 2020 CFL draft.

General manager Brock Sunderland and his staff took advantage of a pro-ready offensive lineman falling to the fourth choice in round one.

First round, fourth overall: OL | Tomas Jack-Kurdyla

Jack-Kurdyla started as a true freshman at Buffalo and in four seasons (2016-19), he appeared in 47 games (40 starts) at guard. In 2019, the Bulls offensive line was earned an honourable mention for the Joe Moore Award, which is awarded to the top-15 offensive lines in the NCAA.

Second round, 13th overall: DL | Alain Pae

Pae moved to Canada to attend the University of Ottawa in 2017 where he appeared in eight games recording 25.5 tackles and six quarterback sacks. He was named to the OUA Conference All-Rookie Team. In his home country, Czech Republic, Pae played for the Prague Lions and in two seasons he recorded 46 total tackles, five quarterback sacks, and eight quarterback pressures.

Third round, 24th overall: LB | Malik Tyne

Tyne attended Towson University from 2015 to 2019 and appeared in 43 games recording 75 total tackles, eight-and-a-half quarterback sacks, four forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries.

Fourth round, 31st overall: DB | Oludotun Aketepe

Aketepe attended Guelph from 2016 to 2019 appearing in 26 games recording 87.5 total tackles, two quarterback sacks, and eight interceptions, including one for a touchdown. He was named a Second-Team OUA All-Star in 2019.

Fourth round, 41st overall: K | Dante Brown

Brown attended Fort Hays State from 2017 to 2019 appearing in 35 games. He made 47-56 field goals (56-yard longest), 134 punts for 5,684 yards (42.4-yard average), and 91 kickoffs for 5,339 yards (58.7-yard average). He was named the Don Hansen Football Committee National Special Teams Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019, the MIAA Special Teams Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019, a 2018 and 2019 All-American First-Team D2CCA.

Sixth round, 50th overall: OL | Chris Gangarossa

Gangarossa attended Wagner from 2016 to 2018 appearing in 29 games for the Seahawks, including 10 starts at left tackle during the 2019 season.

Seventh round 7, 57th overall: OL | Nicholas Summach

Summach attended Saskatchewan from 2016 to 2019 appearing in 31 games for the Huskies. He was named a Academic All-Canadian in 2018.

Seventh round, 59th overall: DL | Rossini Sandjong

Sandjong attended York from 2016 to 2019 appearing in 33 games recording 115 total tackles, 14.5 quarterback sacks, 2 forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He was named First-Team OUA All-Star in 2019, Second-Team OUA All-Star in 2018, and All-Rookie OUA Team in 2016.

Eighth round, 68th overall: RB | Mitch Raper

Raper attended Carleton from 2017 to 2019 appearing in 25 games and recording 11 receptions for 148 yards and one touchdown.

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