Boston College tight end Jake Burt added to 2021 CFL Draft

Photo courtesy: Ben Solomon/Boston College Athletics

The 2021 CFL Draft has added a fascinating new prospect at the tight end position in Jake Burt out of Boston College.

Burt was born in Canada but moved to Lynnfield, Massachusetts with his family at the age of three. He attended St. John’s Preparatory School and received scholarship offers from a number of top institutions including Brown, Harvard, Old Dominion, and Virginia.

The six-foot-three, 260-pounder was at Boston College for five years and recorded 23 receptions for 307 yards and two touchdowns. He missed the entire 2016 season due to a torn ACL and suffered a broken collarbone in November 2019.

Burt signed with the New England Patriots as a free agent after going unselected in the 2020 NFL Draft and received an $80,000 to do so. He spent the season on the practice roster but was not retained at the end of the season.

The 2021 CFL Draft features many top players who plan to return to school, using an extra year of eligibility that was created due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the NFL already out of his system, Burt’s stock should be sky-high for any team looking to add immediate help on their roster.

Editor’s note: an earlier version of this article said that Burt was released at the end of training camp in 2020, but he was actually placed on the practice roster.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.