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Wednesday, May 13, 2015


The Saskatchewan Roughriders are pleased to announce they have selected University of Manitoba wide receiver Nic Demski with the sixth overall pick in Tuesday's CFL Draft.

Demski (6'0 – 215 lbs.) has been selected by the Green and White after playing four seasons with the Bisons. In 2014 the Winnipeg, MB native made 27 catches for 589 yards and five touchdowns while also rushing 47 yards on six carries. The 21-year-old also contributed on special teams where he added 19 punt returns for 272 yards and a touchdown. 

He was named a 2014 CIS second-team All-Canadian and a Canada West All-Star as well as playing in the East-West Bowl.


Roughriders head coach Corey Chamblin had these comments on Demski Tuesday evening:

CC:  "Exciting.  We looked at a lot of different guys on film but in the last couple of days we went back through it and, as a staff, offense and defense, when we turned his film on, it was exciting.  It's exciting when you see him.  That's what we want to be on offense, is exciting.  He's a playmaker.  There's no one that's more excited than me to have Nic Demski come to the fold.  We need that type of explosiveness."

Chamblin says they were thrilled that Demski was still available at number six.  He was the first receiver chosen in the draft.

CC:  "That's who we pinpointed.  It's a little out of the box, even for us.  We had to go with what's conventional and what's not conventional but he's a playmaker."


620 CKRM reached Demski at home in Winnipeg Tuesday evening and these are his thoughts on being a Roughrider:


DEMSKI:  "Not too, too much.  They had their follow-up pre-draft phone call with me Monday night and Tuesday morning so they were definitely keeping in touch with me.  But there was no team that I thought I'd go to so it was definitely a nice little surprise."


DEMSKI:  "It doesn't really matter where I'm from anymore.  I got a new family now so I can't wait to go to work with them."


DEMSKI:  "They didn't go into too much detail.  They like the way that I play when the ball's in my hands and how I play in open field.  I'm just hoping I can get as many touches as I can that way and however they want to use me, I trust them and like I said, I just can't wait to get to work with them."


UofR Rams receiver Addison Richards went in the second round to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers while Rams teammate Tevaughn Campbell (DB) went to the Calgary Stampeders in Round 3.


With the 26th overall selection the Riders took defensive lineman Rory Connop from Western University. The Edmonton native picked up 14.5 defensive tackles and three quarterback sacks in eight conference games.    

With the 35th overall selection the Green and White picked fullback Matthew Rea from Michigan State University where he appeared in three games in 2014. 

With the 42nd overall selection the Riders the picked up defensive back Kwamie Adjei from Mount Allison University. The Brampton, ON native picked up 34 defensive tackles, four interceptions and three quarterback sacks in eight conference games last season. 

With their first pick in the sixth round, 47th overall, the Riders selected defensive lineman Tyler Langlais from the University of Calgary. Langlais was limited to five games last season, picking up 3.5 defensive tackles. 

With their second pick in the sixth round, 50thoverall the Riders selected running back Melvin Abankwah out of Saint Mary’s University. Last season, Abankwah totaled 534 yards and two touchdowns on 112 carries in seven conference games. 

With their final selection, 59th overall, the Riders selected defensive lineman Brandon Tennant from the University of Laval. Tennant was limited to three conference games last season, picking up three defensive tackles.