The BC Lions announced Wednesday that its entire 2014 CFL Draft class has agreed to contracts and will be in Kamloops for the beginning of first-year BC Lions mini-camp on Thursday, May 29th.
The Lions took full advantage of this year’s CFL Draft by trading its first-round pick to the Ottawa REDBLACKS in exchange for veteran quarterback Kevin Glenn before picking up offensive lineman T-Dre Player (12th overall), fullback Pascal Lochard (14th overall), linebacker Casey Chin (27th overall), defensive lineman David Menard (32nd overall), wide receiverAlexander Fox (41st overall), defensive lineman Dylan Roper (50th overall) and running back Guillaume Bourassa (59th overall).
The club also announced that they have signed linebacker Thomas Spoletini. The former University of Calgary standout was a 2013 CFL Draft selection of the Saskatchewan Roughriders (sixth round, 49th overall) but returned to school for his fourth year of eligibility. The Calgary native has tallied 50 defensive tackles along with four sacks through three seasons with the Dinos after sitting out 2010 with an injury.
As in past years, the Lions have added some outstanding junior talent to the ranks for this year’s mini-camp as Kamloops Broncos receiver Derek Yachison along with Langley Rams teammates Anthony Daley and Nathan Lund will be among the first-year Lions on the field starting Thursday afternoon at Hillside Stadium.
|Thomas Spoletini – 43||Derek Yachison – 78||Anthony Daley – 61||Nathan Lund – 42|
|Linebacker||Wide Receiver||Centre||Running Back|
|Calgary (Non-Import)||Kamloops Broncos (Jrs.)||Langley Rams (Jrs.)||Langley Rams (Jrs.)|
|Ht: 6.02 Wt: 205||Ht: 6.01 Wt: 205||Ht: 6.03 Wt: 310||Ht: 5.11 Wt: 180|
|Born: 2/19/91 – Calgary, AB||Born: 2/17/93 – Winnipeg, MB||Born: 8/1/93 – Winnipeg, MB||Born: 5/17/95 – Coquitlam, BC|
|Yrs with Lions: 1st||Yrs with Lions: 1st||Yrs with Lions: 1st||Yrs with Lions: 1st|
|Yrs in CFL: 1st||Yrs in CFL: 1st||Yrs in CFL: 1st||Yrs in CFL: 1st|
The first practice of rookie mini-camp is scheduled for Thursday, May 29th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops, followed by practice on Friday that also begins at 3:00 pm. The start time switches to a morning session on Saturday scheduled to begin at 8:00 am.
Full BC Lions training camp is slated to begin on Sunday, June 1 providing there are no postponements due to ongoing setbacks between the CFL and CFLPA in trying to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement.