Ottawa Redblacks select Donate Bull first overall in 2023 CFL Draft

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The Ottawa Redblacks selected offensive lineman Dontae Bull of Victoria, British Columbia first overall in the 2023 Canadian Football League Draft on Tuesday. Bull played at the National Collegiate Athletic Association level with the Fresno State Bulldogs, and was considered one of the most intimidating players in the entire draft as he is 6’7″, 320 pounds.

Bull only played seven games for the Bulldogs this past season. That is because on October 29 in a 32-28 Fresno State win over the San Diego Aztecs, Bull broke his leg.

The Bulldogs meanwhile have an interesting CFL connection. That is because their head coach Jeff Tedford spent six seasons quarterbacking in the Canadian Football League. He was with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 1983 to 1985, the Calgary Stampeders in 1986, the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1987 and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1988.

The Redblacks meanwhile are attempting to improve their offense, which scored the second fewest number of total points in 2023 with 380. Only the Edmonton Elks scored fewer points with 354.

Bull was one of two offensive linemen chosen in the first round of the CFL Draft. He was joined by Dayton Black of Brandon, Manitoba who was selected sixth overall by the Tiger-Cats. Black played his collegiate career with the University of Saskatchewan.


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