Bombers pick Muamba first overall

Winnipeg Blue Bombers GM Joe Mack and head coach Paul LaPolice work during the CFL Canadian Draft...

Winnipeg Blue Bombers GM Joe Mack and head coach Paul LaPolice work during the CFL Canadian Draft Sunday, May 8, 2011. The Blue Bombers picked linebacker Henoc Muamba first over-all. (Marcel Cretain/QMI Agency)

Kirk Penton, Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 4:05 AM ET

It’s official.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers took St. Francis Xavier linebacker Henoc Muamba with the first overall selection in Sunday’s CFL draft.
Muamba, a 6-foot, 230-pound native of Mississauga, Ont., was the top defensive player in the CIS last season. In 2010 he had 63.5 tackles, one interception, 3.5 sacks, 8.5 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in eight games for the X-Men.
“This is an exciting day for me and my family,” Muamba said in a press release. “I’ve always dreamed of playing football professionally and to be picked first overall by such a great organization like Blue Bombers, I couldn’t be happier.
“I’m looking forward to getting to know my teammates and coming to camp ready to compete for a Grey Cup championship.”
The Bombers intend to have Muamba play special teams early on in his career, but they see him as their future middle linebacker. Muamba is the first linebacker taken first overall since Saskatchewan grabbed Tyson St. James in 2000.
Muamba told TSN he is leaving his contract talks to his agent and the Bombers, but he’s sure it will be done soon.
Winnipeg, which had the No. 1 pick for the first time since 1975 thanks to its 4-14 record in 2010, also has the fourth overall selection.


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