Blue Bombers select Poblah in supplemental draft

Central Michigans Kito Poblah, a Montreal, Que., native, was selected first overall by the Bombers...

Central Michigans Kito Poblah, a Montreal, Que., native, was selected first overall by the Bombers in the CFLs supplemental draft Monday.

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:31 PM ET

WINNIPEG - Kito Poblah has put the red tape behind him and is ready to begin his professional football career.

After a whirlwind few weeks of wondering whether he would attain non-import status, Poblah (who was born in Montreal but grew up in Florida) was selected in the first round of the 2011 CFL supplemental draft by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Monday.

Im happy to finally be able to get this whole entire process finished and get on to playing football, Poblah said in a telephone interview from Mount Pleasant, Mich. It was such a long, extensive process.

That process of showing he was a non-import was extensive, as Poblah was born in Montreal but moved to Florida when he was two-years-old. However, Canada remained a part of his life as he returned to Quebec during summer and winter breaks and his parents moved back to Montreal after he completed high school.

I still have family (in Montreal) and its like my second home, said Poblah.

To select Poblah the Blue Bombers forfeit their first round pick in the 2012 Canadian player draft.

We just felt Kito was the best player in the supplemental draft, said Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice. Hes got straight-line speed and he can run by people and catch the football. Hes big and athletic. He played very successfully in a spread offence the past couple years and has been a character kid too.

Poblah had an excellent career at Central Michigan, catching 154 passes for 1,908 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also put together a streak of 36 consecutive games with at least one reception.

I consider myself an aggressive receiver, just a big-time playmaker, said Poblah. When a play needs to be made, I feel like I can come down with the ball. I played on the outside mostly in my college career, but as long as Im on the field, I feel I can make a contribution to the offence.

Poblah will have a friend and family member with him as he tries to nail down a spot on the roster along with running back Carl Volny, as his Central Michigan teammate and cousin was chosen by the Blue Bombers in the sixth round of the Canadian draft earlier this month.

Its going to be really fun, said Poblah. Weve been playing together since we started playing sports. Its really cool weve been able to play on the same team for our entire sports careers.

The Blue Bombers also considered selecting Ole Miss defensive tackle Ted Laurent in the second round, but ultimately passed as they didnt want to be without a pick until the third round.

Laurent went in the second round to the Edmonton Eskimos, while Wilfrid Laurier defensive tackle Alex Ellis was chosen by the B.C. Lions in the sixth round.


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