WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have selected non-import receiver Kito Poblah in the 2011 Supplemental Draft. In order to do so, the Blue Bombers gave up their first round pick in 2012.
Poblah, 6’2″ 213 lbs., was a team captain in his senior year at Central Michigan when he finished second on the team with 558 yards and five touchdowns. In four years, Poblah caught 154 passes for 1,908 yards and 15 touchdowns and had a streak of 36 consecutive games with at least one reception.
He finished his career at Central Michigan in ninth place on the school’s all-time receiving yardage list.
“We’re very happy to be adding a player of Kito’s caliber to our roster,” said Vice-President and General Manager Joe Mack.
“We feel this addition certainly strengthens our Canadian contingent, especially at the receiver position, and we look forward to having him in camp to compete for a spot on our roster among the very talented group of receivers that we have assembled.”
The supplemental draft is for any player who didn’t receive official non-import status from the CFL and CFLPA until after the CFL Canadian Draft.
The supplemental draft works a bit like an auction. Teams have the option of giving up a pick in next year’s CFL Canadian Draft in exchange for the rights to an eligible player, but they can be trumped by a team willing to part with a higher pick in next year’s draft. As a result, the player eventually goes to the team most willing to forfeit a higher pick next year.
The team with the highest waiver priority makes its offer last, meaning they have the last chance to match any previous offer.