The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed four 2022 CFL Draft picks ahead of training camp, including defensive tackles Cole Adamson and Jeremy Kapelanski, defensive back Chris Ciguineau, and fullback Konner Burtenshaw.
Selected in the fourth round, 38th overall, Adamson was a Canada West all-star in 2021 after recording 19 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one knockdown, and 0.5 sacks in six games as a member of the University of Manitoba Bisons. The graduate of Oak Park High School is an engineering student who plans to return to school in the fall.
A former soccer player, Ciguineau was drafted with the 47th overall pick in the fifth round after dressing for 11 games with the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees. He’s a converted receiver who tested well at the Combine with solid length at six-foot-three and 194 pounds.
A University of Guelph Gryphons alum like his new head coach and general manager, Kapelanski was taken 56th overall in the sixth round of the draft. The six-foot-one, 286-pound defender had 10 tackles, 15 assists and three sacks in seven games last year.
Burtenshaw drew comparisons to Wade Miller after being taken with the final pick in the eighth round by the Bombers. The scrappy fullback from Queen’s has 33 special teams tackles in his career.
The team also added Global Draft pick Souleymane Karamoko and national long snapper Simon Chaves.
Taken 13th overall in the second round of the Global Draft, Karamoko was one of 13 players invited to the NFL’s International Pathway program this spring. In his three seasons with the Laval Rouge et Or, the native of France had 73.5 tackles, three quarterback sacks, 10 pass breakups and one interception as the team’s starting halfback.
Chaves joins the team after going undrafted on Tuesday. A successful long snapper at the University of Guelph, he is also the reigning Ontario University Athletics silver medalist in wrestling for the 90 KG weight class.