Stampeders land coveted DL Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund in 2020 CFL draft

Photo courtesy: Southeastern Louisiana Athletics

The Calgary Stampeders chose nine players in the 2020 Canadian Football League draft.

General manager John Hufnagel started the draft with a surprise. Calgary traded the No. 1 overall selection to the B.C. Lions. The Stamps dropped to the third pick and moved up three slots in the second round as part of the deal.

As 3DownNation’s John Hodge reported prior to the draft, the Stampeders coveted Southeastern Louisiana defensive end Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund. That’s the exact player Calgary chose to start their draft.

Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund
First round – third overall
Defensive lineman
Southeastern Louisiana
6-foot-2, 250 lbs.

Adeyemi-Berglund played 33 games over three seasons (2017-2019) at Southeastern Louisiana. The Dartmouth, N.S., product totalled 135 tackles including 28 tackles for loss, 15 sacks, six forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, 11 quarterback hurries and 10 pass breakups. He was second-team all-Southland Conference as a senior in 2019. Prior to joining the Lions, Adeyemi-Berglund played one season at Champlain Regional College in Lennoxville, Que.

Trivel Pinto
Second round – 12th overall
5-foot-11, 190 lbs.

A native of Toronto, Pinto has 234 receptions for 3,324 yards and 30 touchdowns in 41 games over his four-year career (2015-2018) at UBC. He also spent time at returner and defensive back, adding one kickoff-return touchdown and one interception returned for a score. Pinto made 75 catches for 1,040 yards and seven touchdowns last season with the Thunderbirds. Pinto was a member of UBC’s Vanier Cup championship team in 2015.

Rysen John
Third round – 21st overall
Simon Fraser
6-foot-7, 220 lbs.

John led the NCAA Division II’s Great Northwest Athletic Conference in receptions (53), receiving yards (861) and touchdowns (10) in 10 games as a senior in 2019. In his four-year career (2016-2019) with the Clan, John played 34 games registering 132 catches for 1,928 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was named SFU’s MVP and offensive player of the year in 2019. John signed as an undrafted free agent with the New York Giants following the 2020 NFL draft.

Jon Zamora
Third round – 26th overall
Offensive lineman
St. Francis Xavier
6-foot-3, 319 lbs.

In four seasons (2016-2019) with St. Francis Xavier, Zamora has appeared in 31 games at either centre or guard. The product of Toronto was named an Atlantic University Sport all-star and a member of the X-Men’s conference-championship squad in 2019 before being selected to the U Sports East-West Bowl. Zamora studied business while at St. Francis Xavier.

Kurtis Gray
Fourth round – 31st overall
6-foot-3, 200 lbs.

Gray has played 32 games over four seasons (2016-19) for his hometown Waterloo Warriors. The linebacker has recorded 164 solo tackles including 11.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries and 10 pass breakups. In 2019, Gray led U Sports with three forced fumbles and was named a U Sport first-team All-Canadian on special teams. He also played in the 2019 East-West Bowl.

Tyson Middlemost
Fourth round – 34th overall
6-foot-2, 205 lbs.

Middlemost has made 83 receptions for 1,032 yards and seven touchdowns at McMaster. Hailing from Dundas, Ont., he played 26 games in four seasons (2016-2019). Middlemost registered a career-high 119 yards – including a 72-yard reception – in a Sept. 21, 2019, victory over Windsor. In 2019, the economics major recorded 32 receptions for 528 yards and four majors as the Marauders won the Yates Cup.

Andrew Seinet-Spaulding
Sixth round – 52nd overall
Defensive lineman
6-foot, 292 lbs.

The 2019 recipient of the J.P. Metras Trophy as U Sports most outstanding lineman, Seinet-Spaulding was a unanimous of the RSEQ all-star selection. He led the Quebec conference in sacks (seven) and tackles for loss (13.5) last season. He added 27.5 total tackles. Seinet-Spaulding was named the RSEQ defensive rookie of the year in 2016, an RSEQ all-star in both 2017 and 2018 before being honoured as a U Sports first-team All-Canadian in 2019. He studies social work at McGill.

Keiran Burnham
Seventh round – 61st overall
St. Francis Xavier
6-foot-2, 174 lbs.

Burnham has suited up in 32 games over four seasons (2016-2019) with the X-Men. Originally from Cambridge, Ont., Burnham was an AUS all-star at punter in 2019 when he punted 52 times for an average of 42.8 yards. His longest punt went for 64 yards and he had 14 punts inside the opposition’s 20 yard-line. He has also made 29 of 37 field goal attempts for a success rate of 78 per-cent. In addition, Burnham has been successful on all 27 of his convert attempts for a total of 114 career points scored.

Michael Asibuo
Eighth round – 70th overall
Defensive back
5-foot-11, 195 lbs.

As a four-year member (2016-19) of the Stingers, Asibuo has totalled 51 tackles, five interceptions, 11 pass breakups and one forced fumble. In 2019, Asibuo played seven games and made 15 total tackles and three pass breakups. Asibuo is a history major hailing from LaSalle, Que. Prior to enrolling at Concordia, he played at CEGEP’s John Abbott College, which current Stamps kicker Rene Paredes once attended.