It took until the fifth round of the 2014 CFL Draft, but Kyle Paterson doesn't have to travel far to start his professional football career.
The Saskatchewan Roughrider used the 45th overall pick to draft the University of Regina Rams' offensive line.
Paterson, who is originally from Weyburn, Sask, is now the fourth Saskatchewan offensive lineman on the Riders' roster. Dan Clark, Ben Heenan, and Brendon LaBatte are all homegrown lineman playing for Saskatchewan.
Paterson was also the first player from Saskatchewan or a Saskatchewan university to be drafted this year.
Regina Rams' defensive lineman Micheal Dadzie was selected by Edmonton Eskimos seventh round.
The Roughriders started the draft by trading the eighth overall pick to Hamilton for 11th and 17th . The Riders then selected Western defensive lineman Dylan Ainsworth with their first pick in the draft.
The Riders also traded Winnipeg the 17th overall selection for the 20th and 26th picks.
Here are all of the Riders' 2014 draft picks:
- Dylan Ainsworth (DL, Western), 11th overall.
- Alex Pierzchalski (WR, Toronto), 18th overall.
- John Mark (K, Calgary), 20th overall.
- Kristopher Bastien (WR, Concordia), 26th overall.
- Matt Webster (DB, Queen's), 39th overall.
- Kyle Paterson (OL, Regina), 45th overall.
- Travis Bent (LB, Concordia), 54th overall.
- Terry Hart (OL, St. Francis Xavier), 63rd overall.
University of Saskatchewan shut out
While two University of Regina players were selected, it was an unusually quiet draft for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.
For the first time since 2002, there were no Huskies selected in the CFL Draft.
Two members of the U of S football team were hoping to hear their name called. Huskies' receiver Kit Hillis and kicker Denton Kolodzinski were both eligible in today's draft. They may now sign on with CFL teams as free agents.