Winnipeg Blue Bombers general manager Kyle Walters was hanging around ahead of the 2022 CFL Draft on Tuesday.

The Bombers entered draft day with the final first-round pick in ninth place overall after winning last year’s Gray Cup. But they made a move to trade down in the draft before the first name was even mentioned.

The Bombers traded their top two picks to the Montreal Alouettes for Canadian defensive tackle Cameron Lawson and the Als’ second-round pick of 13th overall.

The Bombers gave up the ninth and eighteenth picks for the 23-year-old.

Lawson was the Alouettes’ second-round pick in 2020 and only appeared in four games with Montreal last season as a rookie after a standout college career. He was the OAU Lineman of the Year and an All-Canadian with the Queens Golden Gaels.

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It will give the Blues and Golds some depth behind starter Jake Thomas.

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The Bombers didn’t get a pick until the second round and used their first pick on defensive back Tyrell Ford at No. 13. The former University of Waterloo Warriors member was ranked ninth in the latest CFL Scouting Bureau rankings. The 24-year-old’s twin brother, quarterback Tre Ford, was selected by the Edmonton Elks in the first round.

Tyrell had 14 tackles and an interception in six games last season in his fourth year of college eligibility.

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The Bombers did not have a third-round pick due to the Sergio Castillo trade, but in the fourth they acquired Manitoba Bisons defensive lineman Cole Adamson with the 38th pick.

The Bombers had a total of six picks in the eight-round draft.

After trading with the Elks for the first overall pick, the Alouettes used the first pick on Syracuse University linebacker Tyrell Richards.

Bisons wide receiver Gavin Cobb went to the Elks in the fourth round with the 30th pick.

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The annual Global Draft also took place earlier Tuesday with each of the nine CFL teams having three picks in the three-round draft.

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The Bombers turned their attention to improving their clearances by accepting Australian punters in two of their three slots.

The Bombers caught Australian punter Tom Hackett in the first round in sixth place overall. The 29-year-old played for the Utah Utes and also spent time with the NFL’s New York Jets.

The soccer club used their second-round pick on defensive back Souleymane Karamoko. He hails from France but played college soccer for Laval Rouge et Or.

They caught another Australian punter with their final pick in the third round. The Bombers drafted Michael Sleep-Dalton 24th overall. He finished his college career with the Iowa Hawkeyes in 2019 and can apparently kick with either his right or left foot based on his college bio.

In total, 27 players from 12 different countries were selected.

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The Bombers also signed three American players on Tuesday with training camp just around the corner. The club signed defensive back Zach Hannibal and defensive ends LB Mack and Jordan Berner. All three are coming out of college with no professional experience and should be in camp when the rookies take the field for the first time next Wednesday.

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