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CFL Draft: Three MAC Football Players Selected, Gravy On The Side

You can bet your sweet tail that the MAC football insurgents are after the Grey Cup.
You can bet your sweet tail that the MAC football insurgents are after the Grey Cup.

The CFL Draft doesn't get as much publicity in the U.S., naturally, but despite there being over five times fewer picks in it (45 overall), there were still three MAC players drafted who were of Canadian descent — all defensive players somehow, and all hailing from the Toronto area. Well, four, if you want to count Kito Poblah who was drafted in last year's supplemental draft and therefore caused Winnipeg to forfeit their seventh overall pick.

So let's take a look at the draftees!

Round 1, Pick 2 overall: defensive lineman Jabar Westerman, Eastern Michigan to the B.C. Lions

Clearly the best Canadian the MAC had to offer: Westerman recorded four sacks in the 2011 season, and his 6'2" frame and speed is one of the reasons the Lions traded up for him. He joins such fabled hosers as Éric Deslauriers and ... well, there are others drafted, but hey, remember Éric Deslauriers?

Round 2, Pick 8 overall: safety Courtney Stephen, Northern Illinois to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats

We may remember him for his special teams play for the Huskies. He didn't get much action on the defense but he did block one punt last season and return a second (blocked by a teammate) for a touchdown. So this is an interesting development as Stephen is listed on the 2012 spring roster for NIU and has one year of eligibility left. Additionally, learned he was drafted thanks to Twitter, as did the rest of us. Guess we'll have to see what he chooses.

Round 5, Pick 36 overall: defensive end Hasan Hazime, Akron to the Edmonton Eskimos

Interesting pick here because he missed most of his senior season due to an ACL injury, but prior to that he started all games his sophomore and junior year, totaling 15.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a blocked kick.