Stampeders sign pair of Global draft picks, including all-conference safety Bailey Devine-Scott

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The Calgary Stampeders have signed two players selected in the 2022 Global Draft, linebacker Ryan Gomes from Brazil and defensive back Bailey Devine-Scott from Australia.

Gomes was Calgary’s second round selection, while Devine-Scott was chosen in the third round.

Gomes was born in North Carolina and raised in Brazil. The versatile six-foot, 217-pound defender began playing football at the age of 18 for Galo of the Superliga Nacional de Futebol Americano in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte and also played collegiately at Mexico’s Universidad de las Americas Puebla.

Gomes signed with the Ottawa Redblacks on April 29 last year and was released a month later.

Devine-Scott played three seasons at Western New England, an NCAA Division III school in Springfield, Mass. In 24 career games at safety for the Golden Bears, he made 133 tackles including three tackles for loss, 16 pass breakups, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and blocked one extra kick.

The six-foot, 200-pound defensive back was a two-time first-team all-Commonwealth Coast Conference player and won the CCC’s Senior Perseverance and Achievement Award in 2021. He participated in the 2022 Tropical Bowl all-star game after being discovered by All22 — The Global Scouting Network.

Devine-Scott was a U-19 Gridiron Australia captain after making the switch from rugby.