Lions grab five 'Gades

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 10:44 AM ET

B.C. Lions' strengthened their defensive secondary when general manager and head coach Wally Buono picked defensive backs Korey Banks and Sean Weston in yesterday's Ottawa Renegades' dispersal draft.

Banks had 10 interceptions, 44 tackles, 12 knockdowns, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery last year. Buono chose the import sixth overall after Ibrahim Khan, the offensive lineman he desired, was snapped up second overall by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Weston, with 15 tackles in six 2005 games, was chosen 18th overall in the third round.

"Korey is a differencemaker and a playmaker," Buono said. "We're going to carry seven DBs."

Blue Bombers also pre-empted Buono's choice of backup quarterback Brad Banks in the second round. He opted for Kingston, Ont.- born defensive lineman Matt Kirk, 12th overall.

Kirk had 13 special teams tackles in 15 games last season.

Buono's fourth round choice of kicker Sandro Sciortino (24th overall) was among the draft's biggest surprises.

The Markham, Ont.- born, Boston College alumnus kicked two game-winning field goals and missed only one of his 36 point-after attempts in his 2004 rookie season.

"He's a guy worth taking a risk in," Buono said. "We'll bring him in to see where he's at."

Kicker Duncan O'Mahony remains on the roster, but is being shopped around for a trade.

Import wide receiver Anthony Jones was Buono's last pick in the fifth round, 30th overall.

Saskatchewan Roughriders traded for the first overall pick when they sent star running back Corey Holmes, two other players plus the club's first round pick in 2007's Canadian college draft to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Riders surprised no one and took quarterback Kerry Joseph.


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