Bombers take Sun player

Rashaun Simonise is thankful to have a second chance at a pro football career.

The six-foot-four, 202-pound receiver was selected in the second round, No. 12 overall, by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Thursday night in the CFL draft.

Simonise had 65 catches for 1,013 yards and 11 TDs in eight games with the University of Calgary in 2015, earning All-Canadian honours, but was ruled academically ineligible for 2016.

The Vancouver native earned a 2016 tryout with the Cincinnati Bengals but a positive drug test resulted in a four-game NFL suspension and the CFL deferring his draft status from 2017 to this year.

Over the last two seasons, Simonise played with the Okanagan Sun of the Canadian Junior Football League as well as the Chicago Eagles of the Champions Indoor Football League. He was transferred last month to the Arena Football League's Baltimore Brigade.

Simonise was hopeful he'd be drafted by a CFL team but also braced for the possibility that he'd not get a second chance north of the border.