Drew DesjarlaisOffensive lineman Drew Desjarlais became the highest-drafted Lancer in CFL history, going fourth overall Thursday to Winnipeg.

Lancer invited to wear blue and gold in pro football ranks

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers selected offensive lineman Drew Desjarlais with the fourth-overall pick in Thursday’s Canadian Football League draft, the highest pick ever for a Lancer player.

Bombers general manager Kyle Walters called the choice a no-brainer.

“We had him ranked very high,” Walters said. “He’s tough, he’s physical. He can grow and develop and we think he’s a really big asset.”

Desjarlais characterized himself as a competitor.

“Every rep is a win or a loss in my eyes,” he said. “To lose one rep seems like a drastic thing for me, so I like to say I’m competitive snap to snap.”

Winnipeg team colours, like the Lancers’, are blue and gold — but Desjarlais hasn’t committed to wearing them yet. A prospect to play in the National Football League, he will participate in rookie camps with the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers.

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