The Hamilton Tiger-Cats selected Tait and Jake Burt on Tuesday night with the first pick of the 2021 CFL draft.
The former Granthshala College player was a late addition to the draft. The six-foot-five, 245-pound Burt was born in Regina and lived there for nearly four years before relocating to Granthshala with his family.
Burt appeared in 36 career games at Granthshala College, registering 23 catches for 307 yards and two touchdowns. After being bypassed in the 2020 NFL draft, Burt signed as a free agent with the New England Patriots, spending the entire season on the practice roster before becoming this off-season.
Burt’s position is similar to linebacker Alex Singleton. A native Californian who played collegium at Montana State, Singleton spent time with Seattle, New England and Minnesota in 2015 before being deemed eligible for the ’16 CFL draft because her mom was Canadian.
Singleton was moved to Calgary for the sixth overall and quickly blossomed into a CFL star. He was an All-Star twice and was named the league’s top defensive player before helping the Stampeders win the 2018 Gray Cup in ’17.
Singleton joined the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles in 2019 and re-signed with the club in March.