Riders Take Eight At CFL Draft:

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have added eight players to their roster through the Canadian College draft last night.

Here’s a recap of the evening for the green and white. In the first round after trading down a spot the Riders selected University of Western-Ontario defensive end Dylan Ainsworth with the eleventh overall pick in today’s CFL Canadian Draft.

Ainsworth (6’3 – 225 lbs.) has been selected by the Green and White after playing three seasons with the Mustangs. In 2013 the Delta, B.C., native earned CIS Second Team All-Canadian honours after recording 16 tackles, four sacks, and seven tackles for loss.

Following the first round the Riders altered their draft order when they completed a trade with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The Riders received two of Hamilton’s 2nd round picks (11th, and 17th overall) in exchange for Saskatchewan’s 1st round pick (8th overall).

The Riders then sent the 17th overall selection to Winnipeg in exchange for the Blue Bombers third round picks (20th and 26th overall).

With the 18th overall selection the Riders took wide receiver Alex Pierzchalski from the University of Toronto. Pierzchalski registered 149 collegiate receptions for 1,617 yards and 13 touchdowns in 32 career games.

With the 20th overall selection the Green and White picked kicker John Mark from the University of Calgary. In eight 2013 games, Mark made 15 of 17 field goals (88%) and added 62 punts for 2,600 yards (41.9 yard average) including a 63 yard long.

With their second pick in the third round, 26th overall, the Riders selected wide receiver Kristopher Bastien from Concordia University. Bastien recorded 37 receptions for 592 yards and six touchdowns in eight 2013 games.

With their fifth pick the Riders selected defensive back Matt Webster from Queen’s University 39th overall. Last season Webster had 16.5 defensive tackles and two interceptions in just four regular season games.

With the 45th overall selection the Riders selected offensive lineman Kyle Paterson from the University of Regina. The Weyburn, SK product has played 20 games for the Rams through four seasons.

In the sixth round, 54th overall, the Riders called linebacker Travis Bent from Concordia University. Last season Bent played eight games registering 29 defensive tackles, five tackles for loss, one fumble recovery and one interception.

With their last pick, 63rd overall, the Riders selected offensive lineman Terry Hart from St. Francis Xavier. Last season Hart played seven games for the X-Men.

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