The Hamilton Tiger-Cats selected three players in today’s Canadian Football League 2022 Global Draft, including Australian punters Bailey Flint, Blake Hayes and Latvian defensive lineman Ralfs Rusins.
Flint, 25, played 50 games over his five seasons (2017-21) at the University of Toledo. The 6-4, 210-pound native of Melbourne, Australia was a back-to-back nominee Ray Guy award as the NCAA’s top punter in 2020 and 2021.
Hayes, 23, played 57 games over his five seasons (2017-21) at the University of Illinois. The 6-6, 225-pound native of Melbourne, Australia is Illinois’ all-time record holder in season punts inside the 20, season punts inside the 20 percentage, season 50+ yard punts, career punting average, career punt yards, career punts inside the 20 and career 50+ yard punts. He was the 2019 Big Ten Punter of the Year and named to the All-Big Ten First team in 2019.
Rusins played 37 games over his four seasons (2018-21) at Liberty University. The 6-6, 325-pound native of Carnikava, Latvia registered 141 total tackles, 15 tackles for loss, six quarterback sacks and one forced fumble with the Flames.
I think the first guy Flint might have an NFL mini camp tryout lined up ( finalist for Ray Guy award last two years). He’s likely the guy they really wanted but if he sticks around the NFL they covered the bases with the #8 pick. Both had good punting numbers. We’ll see who wins the punting and drinking competitions in camp.
Ottawacat posted about this signing last week. About 140 posts back.
You're right. We've got a ton of linemen. Looks like the Cats recognized last year's problems (kicking and O-Line) and are trying to fix it. I like their approach of looking at a ton of players for each position.
"Bertolet was one of my least favourite kickers in the CFL"
"I'm going to do my best to refrain from hating on the guy moving forward, but only because he's playing for my favourite team."
I would say Tim White was already used last year a lot like Speedy was. They used him for a lot of the end around type sweeps that used to go to Banks. They might feature Papi White a bit more, play Marcus Green or some other rookie.
If you think about it you have Addison, Dunbar, Durant, P. White, T. White, and Ungerr... With how much Banks got injured last year im sure anyone of those 6 WR can fill his spot.. Keep in mind we also have Burt and Ternowski as well.