Ole Miss defender selected in second round of the 2021 CFL Draft
With so much attention paid to the 2021 NFL Draft, you may not know that the Canadian Football League also holds its draft this time of the year.
This season, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats owned the first overall selection in the 2021 Canadian Football League Draft, and the franchise took Boston College tight end Jake Burt with the No. 1 pick.
When it was time for Hamilton to make a pick in the second round, the Tiger-Cats reached into the SEC to select a player from the nation’s best college football conference.
Ole Miss defensive back Deane Leonard was the pick. If case you were unaware, Leonard is a native of Calgary, Alberta.
Interestingly, Leonard still has a season of eligibility remaining in Oxford. So now he may have to make a decision between returning to Ole Miss or starting his pro career in the CFL in 2021.
Here is a look at his official bio, which is listed on the Ole Miss team site:
2020 (SENIOR): vs. South Carolina (11/14/20): Recorded his first career start at cornerback, totaling a career-best five tackles … at Vanderbilt (10/31/20): Saw action on 19 snaps as a reserve cornerback and didn’t tally any stats … vs. #2 Alabama (10/10/20): Played on special teams, tallying one total tackle … at Kentucky (10/3/20): Appeared on special teams and assisted on one tackle in the victory … vs. #5 Florida (9/26/20): Made his Rebel debut on special teams and recorded a solo tackle.