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Manitoba Proud: Bombers add Noah Hallett, Winnipegger Mason Bennett to Hamilton

Kyle Walters and Mike O'Shea

The Hallett brothers are the newest sub-brand of the Canadian Mafia.

With the 18th pick of Thursday’s draft, Winnipeg selected defensive back Noah Hallett, brother of Blue Bombers 2019 seventh-round pick Nick Hallet.

Noah was Winnipeg’s first 2020 draft pick after the team surrendered their first-round pick as part of the Zach Collaros trade, which came to fruition after Winnipeg won the Grey Cup.

In three seasons at McMaster, Noah Hallett recorded 101 tackles and eight interceptions. The 22-year-old was a U Sports Second Team All-Canadian last season.

Mason Bennett to Hamilton in First Round

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats drafted Winnipegger and former UND Fighting Hawk Mason Bennett eighth overall on Thursday. Bennett played high school football in Winnipeg at Vincent Massey before heading south.


The 6’4 258 lbs. defensive end is UND’s Division I career sack leader with 20, and was an Associated Press FCS All-American this past season. This marks the second straight year Hamilton’s drafted a defensive end from Winnipeg (Derek Dufault at 58th overall in 2019).

Kicker, U of S Huskie Highlight Rest of Bombers Draft Class

Nevada receiver Brendan O’Leary-Orange was Winnipeg’s next pick, going to the Bombers at 37th overall. The 6’4 205 lbs. wide out caught 61 balls for 941 yards and eight touchdowns over three seasons with the Wolfpack.

Two spots later, the Bombers drafted Western’s Marc Liegghio. The fifth-year kicker connected on 29 of 32 field goal attempts and made all 34 of his PATs last season.

Then at 46th overall Winnipeg added a defensive lineman, selecting Nicholas Dheilly. The 6’4 210 lbs. Saskatchewan Huskie had 24 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, and six sacks last season and appeared to fall into Winnipeg’s lap.

Winnipeg kept with their stats sheet stuffers at 55th overall, drafting Kyle Rodger out of Ottawa. The 5’11 207 lbs. linebacker spent the last two seasons with the Gee-Gees, chalking up 91.5 tackles, six-and-a-half tackles for a loss, three sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and one interception in 16 games.

The Bombers rounded out their draft class with Wilfried Laurier linebacker Tanner Cadwallader at 64th overall and defensive back Bleska Kambamba at 73rd overall, the final pick of the draft.

Brock Gowanlock the Lone Manitoba Bison Drafted

The Montreal Alouettes used their first pick of the eighth round on Manitoba Bison Brock Gowanlock. The 66th overall pick had 40 tackles, three tackles for a loss, and one-and-a-half sacks in nine games last year.

Bisons receiver Macho Bockru was one of the most surprising players left off the draft board, while Canada West top 12 prospect and U of M offensive lineman Ryan Wengelinski also didn’t get his name called by a CFL team.

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