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A flurry of signings by the Riders, including recent draft picks

Training camp opens in Saskatoon Wednesday for rookies and new players to the club.
Braydon Johnson is among the signings announced by the Roughriders.

REGINA — With rookies set to report to training camp in Saskatoon this week, the Saskatchewan Roughriders have been busy getting players signed to the roster.

Tuesday morning, Saskatchewan announced it has signed its picks from the just completed entry draft.

Nick Wiebe (LB – Saskatchewan) – 2nd round, 12th overall

Image courtesy of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Wiebe was a standout with the U of S Husky’s, suiting up for 31 games with an impressive stat pack, including 199 defensive tackles, six tackles for loss, five sacks, three forced fumbles, and one pass knockdown

Dhel Duncan-Busby (WR – Bemidji State) – 3rd round, 23rd overall

Duncan-Busby spent five seasons at Bemidji State University where he got into 47 games with the Beavers. Over that time, he made 171 receptions for 2,839 yards and 27 touchdowns. Duncan-Busby had a career-high senior season, tying his previous high of 49 passes for 825 yards and setting a new career mark of 11 touchdowns.

Melique Straker (LB – Arkansas State) – 4th round, 32nd overall

Straker spent the past three seasons (2021-23) at Arkansas State, playing in 33 games and tallying consistently strong stats as a Red Wolf all three years. In total, he registered 216 defensive tackles, 18 tackles for loss, two sacks, two interceptions, two pass deflections and two forced fumbles. He earned his first career touchdown in 2023, when he returned an interception 87 yards.

D’Sean Mimbs (WR – Regina) – 6th round, 50th overall

Mimbs spent the past three seasons with the University of Regina (2020-23) where he played 23 games for the Rams. Over that time, the Regina native recorded 89 receptions for 1,236 yards and eight touchdowns. The receiver had a notable 2023 season where he led the Rams in both Receptions (30) and receiving yards (480).

Ajou Ajou (WR – Garden City Community College) 7th round, 59th overall

Ajou played the past season (2023) at Garden City Community College (GCCC) where he suited up for seven games with the Broncbusters. He hauled in 17 receptions for 186 yards and two touchdowns. Ajou began his college football career at Clemson (2020-22) where he played 22 games, making eight receptions for 114 yards and recording one touchdown.

Richard Aduboffour (DB – Western) – 8th round, 68th overall

spent the last three seasons at Western University where he played 31 games with the Mustangs, recording 51 tackles, 3 interceptions, 15 pass deflections and one forced fumble. As a senior, Aduboffour set career highs in tackles (23), interceptions (2) and pass deflections (9).

The Riders also signed Tyrone Taleni from Samoa, a defensive lineman they picked in the first round of the 2024 CFL Global Draft.

Taleni spent two collegiate seasons at the University of Southern California (2022-23), suiting up for 22 games as a Trojan. He tallied 36 tackles, eight tackles for loss, six sacks and one forced fumble. In 2022, he was named All-Pac-12 Second Team after a breakout season on defence.

The Riders also announced the signing of Braydon Johnson.

Image courtesy of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Johnson joins the Roughriders after signing with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent following the 2023 NFL Draft. He declared for the draft after a strong senior season at Oklahoma State that culminated in an invitation to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Johnson spent five seasons (2017-22) as a Cowboy, playing in 46 career games and starting 24. He tallied 1,298 career receiving yards, eight touchdowns and a 16.9-yard per catch average. He also contributed on special teams, returning 24 kicks 431 yards and an 18-yard per return average.

Training camp opens Wednesday, as the rookies and new players to the club report, with the main camp in Saskatoon opening up Sunday, May 12. The Riders first of two pre-season games is just two weeks away, as the Riders will host Winnipeg at Mosaic on Victoria Day Monday, May 20.

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