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VANCOUVER -- The B.C. Lions have signed their 2012 top draft pick Jabar Westerman to a contract, the CFL club announced Monday.

But the defending Grey Cup champions will have to do without their other first-round pick, University of Calgary offensive lineman Kirby Fabien, who announced he is returning to the Dinos for a third season.

Westerman, a 22-year-old defensive end from Brampton, Ont., was selected second overall in the CFL draft earlier this month after the Lions moved up in the selection order through a trade with the Edmonton Eskimos.

He played the past two seasons at Eastern Michigan, where he recorded five sacks and 48 tackles, after toiling two campaigns at Dodge City College.

He is a potential replacement for defensive end Brent Johnson, who retired after 11 seasons with the Lions following their unexpected 2011 Grey Cup victory. Born in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Westerman had to prove to the CFL that he had spent sufficient time growing up in Canada to be eligible for the draft, which is only open to Canadians. He moved to Brampton in 1999 while still in elementary school.

The Lions also attempted to sign Fabien, a 22-year-old Calgary native who was chosen seventh overall, but the two sides were unable to get a deal done.

"I have determined that it is in my best interest to return to the University of Calgary for the 2012-13 year to allow me to complete my degree in economics,'' said Fabien in a news release issued by the university. "I appreciate being drafted by the Lions and look forward to the opportunity to play in B.C. in the future.''

The Lions have indicated they plan to try the two-time CIS All-Canadian tackle at guard. Fabien helped the Dinos qualify for the Vanier Cup in 2010 and the Mitchell Bowl, which serves as a national semifinal, in 2011. Both times, they lost to Laval.

The Lions also announced they have signed two other draft picks. Matt Norman, a 23-year-old University of Western Ontario offensive lineman from Chateauguay, Que., was chosen 22nd overall. University of Calgary fullback Jordan Verdone, a 23-year-old Echo Bay, Ont., native, went 37th overall.

Westerman, Norman and Verdone are slated to attend rookie camp, which begins Wednesday in Kamloops, B.C. The main training camp, also to be held in Kamloops, will start Sunday.

Fan Comments
als rule
it used to be that players that were drafted and had U ball left came to the team's TC and then returned to their CIS team for fall ball BUT not anymore why? because players now like plesius, fabien and bamba are now all returning to U ball rather then attend CFL TCs because they're afraid of injuring themselves and ruining their chances of the NFL money!! so their willing to play the C WR currect hammer ticat samuel g. game!! current hammer ticat!!
May 29, 2012 - 5:59pm
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wallyworld taking care of his business signing westermann, norman and verdone!! BUT fabien needs to return to the dinos as over the last 5+ years OL out of calgary have been nothing but HUGE disappointments!! he's not as good yet as some people believe!!
May 29, 2012 - 9:52am
The Lions were alble to sign one of their first round picks at least. Westerman turning 23 made the right choice in signing a pro contract, if he has NFL asperations he will have two seasons to do that and still be only 25. you can't get much better then #2 overall. The NFL has been using the CFL to obtain top pass rushers over the last few years.
Fabian however only 21 is looking like he will be retuning to the CIS to see if his NFL status improves signing at 22 still makes him yung in comparison to guys like Plesius at 24 or 25 will be returning to Laval for a 5th season
May 29, 2012 - 12:26am
All the draft choices signing can mean only one thing - TC is just around the corner!
May 28, 2012 - 10:59pm