'Peg plucks D-lineman from Bisons

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:53 AM ET

'Don O' has yet to make the club but has already been deemed the next Doug Brown.

And, like Brown, he is even smart enough to have been named a CIS Academic All-Canadian.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers plucked University of Manitoba's promising defensive lineman Don Oramasionwu with their pick in the fifth round of yesterday's CFL draft.

"The defensive lineman is a very young guy who can be a future," said Bombers head coach Doug Berry. "(Canadian defensive lineman) Doug Brown's getting older (34 this September) and he's a young guy with lots of talent and maybe he can develop into the next guy. With Doug, we're not in an urgent situation and we feel we can bring him along and don't have to rush him into anything this year." The Winnipeg native is only 21 and can still return to school.

"I'm excited," said the 6-foot-3, 255-pound Oramasionwu. "I get to stay home and go to training camp, then go home to my own bed. It's a good feeling.

"I was on the (TSN) site, watched the live part, then turned it off for a while. I went back and saw my name pop up. That was a surprise. I didn't know the Bombers would pick me up. I thought Calgary would pick me ... I always knew it would be only a matter of time before I would play pro and it came early. But right now, I wouldn't mind going back to school for one more year. But I'll just take it one step at a time and try to get better."

Bison head coach Brian Dobie describes him as "raw with plenty of upside a year from now."


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