Hamilton Tiger-Cats select former New England Patriots TE first overall in 2021 CFL Draft
Published May 5, 2021 at 11:28 am
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats made seven selections Tuesday (May 5) in the 2021 CFL Draft, with former Boston College tight end Jake Burt going first overall.
The 24-year-old then signed a three-year contract with Hamilton.
Burt signed as an undrafted free agent with the National Football League’s New England Patriots on Apr. 26, 2020.
The Patriots have signed undrafted free agent TE Jake Burt from Boston College.
Notes on Burt:
– Good blocker, big & strong
– High IQ, local: grew up in Danvers, MA
Patriots now have 6 tight ends on their roster (2 drafted, 2 undrafted signees) pic.twitter.com/myeQSBPBQE
— Jordan Moore (@iJordanMoore) April 26, 2020
He went on to attend training camp with the Patriots before spending the season on their practice roster.
The 6-4, 260-pound tight end played 36 games at Boston College over parts of five seasons (2015-19), registering 23 receptions for 307 yards and two touchdowns. He was redshirted in 2016 due to injury.
— CFL (@CFL) May 5, 2021
Burt was also named to the 2019 John Mackey Award Watch List prior to his senior year with the Eagles and went on to post career highs in receptions (15) and receiving yards (212) that season.
Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Burt and his family moved to Boston, Massachusetts when he was four years old.
Nick Cross, 21, last played in 2019 with the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. The 6-0, 182-pound linebacker played eight games at UBC in 2019, recording 74 total tackles, five tackles for loss, one sack, one interception returned for 17 yards, and two pass breakups. Prior to his time with UBC, the Regina, Saskatchewan native played for the University of Regina Rams in 2017, where in eight games he recorded 46 total tackles, three tackles for loss, three passes deflected, one forced fumble, one sack, one interception, and one kick return for 10 yards.
Deane Leonard, 21, spent this past season with the University of Mississippi Rebels. The 6-2, 175-pound defensive back played eight games at Ole Miss in 2020, registering 14 total tackles, one fumble returned for 84 yards, and four pass breakups. Prior to his time in Mississippi, the Calgary, Alberta native spent three seasons (2017-19) with the University of Calgary Dinos, where in 23 career games he tallied 47 total tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack, six interceptions returned for 176 yards and two touchdowns, 19 passes deflected and two forced fumbles. On special teams, Leonard returned five kicks for 124 yards and 19 punts for 195 yards and a touchdown. He was twice named a first-team All-Canadian (2018, 2019), and earned Academic All-Canadian honours as well as won a Vanier Cup with Calgary in 2019. His father, Kenton, played seven seasons for the Calgary Stampeders (1991-97).
Mohamed Diallo played two seasons (2019-20) with the Central Michigan University Chippewas. The 6-4, 305-pound defensive tackle played 11 career games at Central Michigan, recording 26 total tackles, 12 tackles for loss, three sacks, one forced fumble, and one fumble return. The Toronto, Ontario native was named to the 2020 All-Mid-American Conference first team at defensive line. Prior to his time at Central Michigan, Diallo also spent time with the Texas A&M University Aggies and played junior college football with the Arizona Western College Matadors.
Jarek Richards, 25, spent three seasons (2017-19) with the Saint Mary’s Huskies. The 5-11, 185-pound linebacker played 23 career games at Saint Mary’s, registering 106.5 total tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, one sack, three forced fumbles, two fumble returns, and two pass breakups.
Felix Garand-Gauthier, 25, spent two seasons (2018-19) with the Université Laval Rouge et Or. The 6-1, 225-pound fullback played 14 career games at Laval, recording 12 receptions for 152 yards and three touchdowns, as well as 11 rush attempts for 23 yards and three touchdowns. The Mirabel, Quebec native was part of the Vanier Cup-winning Laval club in 2018 and was named a U SPORTS second team All-Canadian in 2019.
Myles Manalo, 21, played two seasons (2017, 2019) with the Western University Mustangs. The 6-2, 230-pound linebacker played 21 career games at Western, registering 70 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, one fumble return, one interception, and two pass breakups. The Burlington, Ontario native won a Vanier Cup with Western in 2017.insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising