After not joining their offensive line in last year’s CFL Draft, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers used their first-round pick in 2021 to upgrade their O-line.
The Raiders took offensive lineman Liam Dobson out of the University of Maine with the third overall pick in the 2021 CFL Draft on Tuesday.
“It sounds amazing,” Dobson said. “Growing up as a child in Canada, you see the CFL all the time, you dream about playing it.
“Just my dream is now a reality – it’s a wonderful feeling.”
The 23-year-old played three seasons for the Maine Black Bears. He appeared in 32 games, 27 of which started.
“Liam is in great shape and plays with great physicality,” general manager Kyle Walters said in a media release. “He definitely plays a style of football that we’re always looking for in our offensive lineman, and we’re really excited as an organization to name him at three places.”
Dobson was selected to the All-Colonial Athletic Association first team and completed a transfer to the state of Texas where he would finish his collegiate career in the fall.
But the attackers believe that he is worth the wait.
Assistant general manager and director of player personnel Ted Govia said, “A ruler with great natural strength and some strange athletic traits, how would I best describe him.” “Liam played OT overall at a high level and most likely at the pro level. He is wired properly and would be a good fit in our offensive line room.
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“With his transfer, we will have to wait on him, but we feel strongly that it will be worth the wait.”
“I’m going to come up with the mindset that we’re going to win the game, and we’re going to win the championship,” Dobson said. “Then I’m going to come up with a point of view.”
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The Bombers have six selections in this year’s six-round draft.
After no football was played in 2020, the CFL used a snacking format for the draft, which sees the team finishing last in one round, the first pick in the next round.
Another major change this year was the draft order set by a random draw rather than the traditional way of using the reverse order of standings.
This year’s draft is slightly more complicated than usual for the league’s nine general managers due to the ongoing epidemic. Many players are choosing to return to school in the fall for their additional year of eligibility, while many others have not struggled for games beyond one calendar year, and there was no combination for teams to watch the draft- Eligible player in person.
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Hamilton Tiger-Cats had Granthshala College’s first overall pick and selected tight end Jake Burt. The Saskatchewan Roughriders selected defensive Nelson Locombo with the second pick from the University of Saskatchewan.
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