Hamilton Tiger-Cats sign 2023 CFL Draft class, including first-round pick OL Dayton Black

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed their entire 2023 CFL Draft class, including offensive lineman Dayton Black, defensive back Patrick Burke Jr., defensive lineman Reece Martin, defensive back Robert Panabaker, defensive lineman Josh Hyer and receiver Caleb Morin.

Black played 30 games over with the University of Saskatchewan. The six-foot-six, 295-pound blocker was named a Canada West all-star in 2022 after starting at left tackle for the Huskies. The native of Brandon, Man. was a high school quarterback who started his U Sports career along the defensive line before transitioning to the offensive line in 2021. He was the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft.

Burke Jr. made 55 total tackles, four interceptions, five pass knockdowns, and one forced fumble over three seasons for Wilfrid Laurier University. The six-foot-two, 200-pound defensive back was named a second-team OUA all-star in 2022.

Martin played 29 games at Mount Allison and recorded 67.5 tackles, 12.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and six pass knockdowns with the Mounties. The native of Moncton, N.B. was named a first-team All-Canadian in 2021 as well as Mount Allison’s Male Athlete of the Year.

Panabaker made 88 tackles, seven interceptions, one sack, 21 passes knockdowns, two forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries over 36 games with the Western Mustangs. The native of London, Ont. won the Vanier Cup with the team in 2021 as well as the Yates Cup in 2022.

Hyer made 49 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, three pass knockdowns, and one fumble recovery over 32 games at the University of Calgary. The six-foot-four, 258-pound defensive lineman won the Vanier Cup as a member of the Dinos in 2019.

Morin caught 61 passes for 900 yards and one town at the University of Saskatchewan along with seven punt returns for 49 yards. The native of Saskatoon, Sask. won three Hardy Trophies with the Huskies and appeared in back-to-back Vanier Cups.