Ticats sign three Global Draft picks, including first round Australian punter Joel Whitford

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed three of the team’s four selections in the 2021 Global Draft.

Australian punter Joel Whitford, Finnish defensive lineman Chris Mulumba and British linebacker David Izinyon.

Hamilton’s other pick in this year’s Global Draft, German placekicker Dominik Eberle, is currently with the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders after signing as an undrafted free agent in April 2020 and rejoining the team in January 2021 on a reserve/future deal.

The Tiger-Cats four selections were as follows:

ROUND OVERALL NAME POSITION COLLEGE/PREVIOUS TEAM COUNTRY
1 8 Joel Whitford P University of Washington Australia
2 11 Chris Mulumba DL University of Colorado Finland
3 26 David Izinyon LB Rostock Griffins (GFL2) England
4 29 Dominik Eberle K Utah State University Germany

 

The 27-year-old Whitford appeared in 38 games over three seasons as the primary punter at the University of Washington (2017-2019), posting 5,121 yards on 119 attempts for an average of 43.0 yards per punt.

The six-foot-three, 209-pound native of Neerim South, Australia was a 2019 All-Pac-12 Honourable Mention and a 2018 Academic All-Pac-12 Honourable Mention during his career with the Huskies. He also spent time at Santa Barbara City College before transferring to Washington.

The 28-year-old Mulumba played 24 games at defensive end over two seasons at the University of Colorado (2017-2018), registering 57 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and one quarterback sack with the Buffs.

The six-foot-four, 285-pound native of Helsinki, Finland played one season at Diablo Valley College in 2015, posting 63 tackles, nine tackles for loss and four quarterback sacks in 10 games, while earning an All-Bay 6 League selection.

From 2009 to 2011 in his native Finland, Mulumba was a state champion in wrestling, a three-time national judo champion and a Scandinavian judo champion in 2010. He also played for the Helsinki Roosters of the American Football Association of Finland in 2012.

The 27-year-old Izinyon suited up at linebacker for the Rostock Griffins of the German Football League 2 for two seasons (2018-19), filling the stat sheet with 272 total tackles, 24 tackles for loss, six quarterback sacks, eight forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries and one interception.

Since 2015, the six-foot-one, 240-pound native of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire England has also played for the Tychy Falcons in Poland, the Hameenlinna Huskies in Finland, the London Warriors of Britain’s Premier League and the University of Surrey in England.

The 24-year-old Eberle is currently with the Las Vegas Raiders, originally signing as an undrafted free agent in April 2020 and rejoining the team in January 2021 on a reserve/future deal.

The six-foot-one, 186-pound native of Nuremberg, Germany played four years at Utah State University (2016-2019), appearing in 43 games and finishing his collegiate career as the most decorated placekicker in program history.

He left the program as the school’s all-time leader in points scored (359), points per game (8.34), field goals made (64), extra points made (167), extra point attempts (167), PAT percentage (1.000), consecutive PATs (167) and field goals from 50-plus yards (4).

Eberle also garnered Pro Football Focus honourable mention All-American, second-team Senior CLASS All-American, first-team All-Mountain West and Phil Steele Publication’s first-team All-Mountain West honors during his time with the Aggies.

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