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Stampeders sign first overall draft pick Lavertu

Laval Rouge et Or Pierre Lavertu raises the Dunsmore Cup

Jacques Boissinot/THE CANADIAN PRESS

The Calgary Stampeders have signed offensive lineman Pierre Lavertu, the number one overall pick in the recent CFL Draft.

The Stampeders traded up to draft the four-time Quebec conference all-star out of Laval earlier this month. Calgary sent offensive lineman Joon Gott to the Ottawa RedBlacks in exchange for the first overall pick and the rights to centre Marwan Hage.

During his four year career with the Rouge et Or, Lavertu anchored the offensive line and helped Laval win the Vanier Cup three times including this past season.

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The Stampeders also announced they had come to terms with their third round pick, non-import defensive back Adam Thibault, and import defensive lineman Kayvon Sherrill.

Thibault is also a Laval product. After making the conversion from receiver to defensive back in 2013, he recorded 21 tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles as he helped the Rouge et Or to a Vanier Cup title. Thibault recorded the fastest 40-yard time at the 2014 CFL draft combine.

Sherrill is a Florida Atlantic University product who earlier this month attended mini-camp with the National Football League's Jacksonville Jaguars.

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