May 16, 2019

Esks ink six from 2019 draft class

Peter Power/CFL.ca

EDMONTON — The Edmonton Eskimos have signed six from the 2019 CFL Draft class, the team announced on Wednesday.

Offensive lineman Kyle Saxelid (second round, 12th overall), fullback Peter Cender (fourth round, 32nd overall), receiver Shai Ross (fifth round, 40th overall), defensive back Scott Hutter (sixth round, 50th overall), receiver Hunter Karl (seventh round, 59th overall) and defensive back Eric Blake (68th overall) have all been added to the Eskimos roster.

Selected in the second round (12th overall), Saxelid attended UNLV from 2014 to 2017 and started in all 12 games at left tackle in 2017, and 36 games over three seasons (2015-17). He enjoyed a stellar season in 2016, where Saxelid helped UNLV’s rushing attack to 241.5 yards per game, which was ranked 16th in the country and was the program’s highest average since 1979.

Selected in the fourth round (32nd overall), Cender attended Grand Valley State from 2016 to 2018 and appeared in 36 games. He recorded 11 receptions for 93 yards and three touchdowns.

Selected in the fifth round (40th overall), Ross attended the University of Manitoba last year and caught 29 passes for 389 yards and four touchdowns. Ross joined the Bisons after spending time with the Okanagan Sun of the CJFL.

Selected in the sixth round (50th overall), Hutter attended Wilfrid Laurier from 2015 to 2018 and appeared in 30 games. He recorded 135.5 total tackles, six-and-a-half quarterback sacks, 13 pass knockdowns, and 11 interceptions. In 2018, he was named a OUA Second-Team All-Star.

Selected in the seventh round (59th overall), Karl attended Calgary from 2015 to 2018 and appeared in 27 games. He recorded 134 catches for 2,286 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Selected in the eighth round (68th overall), Blake attended McMaster from 2015 to 2018 and appeared in 30 games. He recorded 70 total tackles, three quarterback sacks, two forced fumbles, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.