May 6, 2022

REDBLACKS ink 2021 1st rounder Deshawn Stevens

Maine Athletics

OTTAWA — The Ottawa REDBLACKS have inked their first-round draft choice from 2021, signing linebacker Deshawn Stevens to a CFL contract.

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Stevens, 24, was selected sixth overall by the REDBLACKS in the 2021 CFL Draft. The Toronto native was coming off of a season with Maine that saw him rack up 36 tackles, including 13 unassisted, in a shortened four-game season.

Stevens transferred to West Virginia for the 2021 season, and recorded 12 tackles through 10 games.

The REDBLACKS also announced a number of transactions later on Friday.

The team signed linebacker Bryan Wright, defensive lineman Will Kiely, defensive backs Adonis Davis and Ky’el Hemby, along with quarterback David Moore. All five players are Americans.

The team released National DL Ese Mrabure, Global Lb Tony Anderson and American RB De’Lance Turner.

The club added that American QB Taryn Christion has retired.

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