The Hamilton Tiger-Cats traded up from fifth overall to third in Tuesday night’s CFL Draft and selected Grand Valley State offensive lineman Brandon Revenberg.
Head coach Kent Austin says they decided to swing the deal with the B.C. Lions to make sure they got the top rated player on their draft board.
The Ticats also received B.C.’s 30th overall selection while the Leo’s got Hamilton’s fifth and 23rd overall picks.
Austin says the 23-year-old Revenberg, who stands 6’4″, 295 pounds, is a versatile player who he likens to right guard Ryan Bomben.
Austin calls Revenberg athletic, aggressive, with a high compete level and great character.
He played every position on the offensive line during his time with the GVSU Lakers.
The Essex, Ontario native had a tryout with the NFL’s New York Giants in early May but was not offered a contract.
With their second round, 14th overall pick, the Ticats selected Burlington native Mercer Timmis, a running back with the University of Calgary Dinos.
Timmis is the great grandson of Canadian Football Hall of Famer Brian Timmis, who coached the Hamilton Flying Wildcats.
Minutes after his selection, Timmis was a guest on CHML’s Scott Radley Show.
The 6’1″, 220 pound Assumption High School star played in six games with the Dinos in 2015 and ran for 666 yards and 10 touchdowns.
With the first pick in the third round, 18th overall, Hamilton stayed on the offensive side of the ball and took Southern University receiver Mike Jones.
At number 21, the Cats took their first player on defence when they selected UBC linebacker Terrell Davis.
Hamilton went back to the offensive side of the ball with the 39th overall pick when they took Laval receiver Felix Faubert-Lussier.
The Ticats used the 41st overall pick on Missouri Western State defensive back Elroy Douglas.
In the seventh round, 59th overall, the Tiger-Cats selected UBC linebacker Mitchell Barnett.
And with their final pick in the draft, 67th overall, Hamilton selected UWO receiver Matt Uren.
Ticats draft picks:
1-3 Brandon Revenberg, OL, Grand Valley State
2-14 Mercer Timmis, RB, Calgary
3-18 Mike Jones, WR, Southern
3-21 Terrell Davis, LB, UBC
5-39 Felix Faubert-Lussier, WR, Laval
5-41 Elroy Douglas, DB, Missouri Western State
7-59 Mitchell Barnett, LB, UBC
8-67 Matt Uren, WR, UWO
Saskatchewan selected Oklahoma offensive lineman Josiah St. John with the first overall pick.
With the second overall pick, Montreal took Laval offensive lineman Philippe Gagnon.
Toronto took Acadia receiver Brian Jones fourth overall.
Laval offensive lineman Charles Vaillancourt fifth, Calgary selected Montana State linebacker Alex Singleton sixth, Ottawa took Jason Lauzon-Seguin seventh, and Edmonton went with Iowa receiver Tevaun Smith with the eighth and final pick of the first round.
Winnipeg forfeited their first round pick after taking defensive back Garrett Waggoner in the 2015 CFL Supplementary Draft.
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