Leos pick up top RB

BOB MACKIN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:56 AM ET

The B.C. Lions made 22-year-old Jamall Lee their first pick, third overall, in Saturday's Canadian Football League draft.

Lee, however, is trying to become a Carolina Panther. The Port Coquitlam native and graduate of Terry Fox secondary is attending the National Football League team's minicamp.

Lee was 2008's top rusher in Canadian college football with 1,202 yards on 182 carries and 10 touchdowns for Bishop's University. Father Orville Lee was also a running back, drafted first overall out of Simon Fraser University. He played five seasons for the Ottawa Rough Riders, Saskatchewan Rough-riders and Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Hamilton took University of Alberta offensive lineman Simeon Rottier first overall. The Lions other first rounders were Bishop's linebacker James Yurichuk (fourth overall) and Acadia wide receiver Matt Carter (fifth).

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers made University of B.C. OL Mike Morris the highest pick from a west coast school. Morris was 19th overall.

Lions' rookies gather June 4 in Abbotsford. Training camp begins June 7.


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