Argos sign first round pick from 2021 Global Draft, former NFL DB Tigie Sankoh

Photo courtesy: Cleveland Browns / Matt Starkey

The Toronto Argonauts have signed two selections from the 2021 CFL Global Draft, defensive back Tigie Sankoh and kicker Toshiki Sato.

The 23-year-old Sankoh was picked in the first round, third overall by Toronto. He signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Browns in 2018 as part of the NFL’s International Player Pathway Program and spent the next couple seasons on the team’s practice squad before being released at the beginning of the 2020 season.

The five-foot-11, 214-pounder had five tackles, one sack and one forced fumble during the 2019 NFL pre-season. Sankoh was born in Sierra Leone but grew up in Maryland before his family moved to London, England when he was 15. Sankoh would play defensive back for the London Warriors of the British Football League before an invite to train at IMG Academy in Florida as part of the Pathways Program.

The 27-year-old Sato was chosen in the second round, 16th overall and played in Japan’s X-League for the IBM Big Blue, where he ranked first in accuracy in back-to-back years and tied the Japanese record for longest field with a 58-yard boot.

The kicker is a product of Waseda University and helped his team to the Koshien Bowl, Japan’s college football national championship game, in 2015. Sato has been training in Southern California with former NFL kicker Nick Novak.