Ottawa Redblacks select OL Dontae Bull first overall in CFL draft

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TORONTO — The Ottawa Redblacks selected offensive lineman Dontae Bull first overall in the CFL draft Tuesday night.

The six-foot-seven, 320-pound Victoria native started seven games at right tackle for Fresno State in 2022 before sustaining a season-ending broken leg Oct. 29. Bull started 11-of-13 games for the school in 2021.

Bull started 33 of 37 games at Fresno State and will look to help an Ottawa offence that finished second-last in rushing last year (85.4 yards per game).

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The Edmonton Elks, selecting second, took Montreal Carabins linebacker Michael Brodrique, a native of Saint-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, Que. The six-foot-three, 230-pound Brodrique had 32 tackles (4.5 for loss), 3.5 sacks and an interception in seven games and was the top U Sports player in the CFL scouting bureau's top-20 draft list at No. 11.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders then chose UBC defensive lineman Lake Korte-Moore. The six-foot-five, 262-pound Ottawa native registered 48 tackles (26 solo, 12.5 for loss), six sacks and a forced fumble in 10 games last season when he was a Canada West all-star.

With the fourth selection, the Calgary Stampeders took Northern Illinois receiver Cole Tucker. The six-foot-one, 193-pound Tucker was born in the U.S. but is deemed a Canadian as his mother is from Brandon, Man.

Tucker had 155 catches for 2,030 yards and 10 touchdowns over five seasons with the Huskies.

The Montreal Alouettes, with the first of two opening-round picks, took Penn State defensive back Jonathan Sutherland, a surprise given he signed as an undrafted free agent with the NFL's Seattle Seahawks. Sutherland, of Ottawa, was a four-year captain with the Nittany Lions and had 137 tackles, eight sacks, an interception and forced fumble in 58 games.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 2, 2023.

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