The Cats snagged FA DE Eze Obiora (Southern Illinois) who received NFL interest and invites to camp this year.
Solid build (6'3 240lbs) and blazing speed (4.7 40yd) especially for a lineman, and may also be able to convert to SAM LB if required.
An extensive background in rugby could also be of benefit in regards to familiarity of some Canadian nuances, including field dimension.
seems like fine pickup.
[b]SIU defensive end Eze Obiora has signed a free agent contract with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, the school announced on Friday.
Obiora, a second-year transfer from the College of DuPage, tied for the team lead in sacks with eight last year. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end was third on the team with 12 tackles for loss and eighth in tackles with 50. A former rugby player from Manchester, England, Obiora came to the United States in 2008 hoping to learn how to play this country’s version of football and make a career out of it. Starting May 28 in Canada, when the Tiger-Cats open training camp, he’ll have that chance.
“A lot of NFL teams told me they weren’t sure if I could play linebacker,? Obiora said in a news release. “In the CFL, the field is wider, it’s three downs and a lot of passing. Pass-rushing and running around is my game, so it’s a good fit for me.?
Eze Obiora - Southern Illinois University - OLB/DE - 2013 NFL Draft http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6hlBuG0FGk