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Draft Scout Boseko Lokombo News
05/07/13 - Oregon linebacker Boseko Lokombo was selected in the Canadian Football League’s draft Monday, a gamble by the league’s B.C. Lions that doesn’t figure to pay off. Lokombo, a 2013 senior who started at outside linebacker last fall, is a native of Abbotsford, B.C. He was considered the top prospect in this year’s CFL draft, and his third-round selection, with the 21st pick overall, reflects the fact that he’s likely to play professionally in the NFL rather than for the Lions. “I’ve always loved playing football, no matter where it is, but the NFL is the ultimate,” Lokombo said Monday evening. “I want to play in the NFL, and I’m going to play in the NFL. But I never thought about getting drafted anywhere, so it’s really exciting.”
By drafting Lokombo, the Lions will retain his rights in perpetuity, if ever he chose to play in Canada. League rules allow teams to draft redshirt juniors and wait until they graduate to negotiate a contract, “Bo’s a tremendous athlete,” Lions general manager Wally Buono told the Vancouver (B.C.) Sun on Monday. “Is he an NFL guy? Probably. Maybe he plays down there forever. That’s one of the reasons we took him lower down on the pike. If Bo does nothing else, potentially, at 6-3, 235, what can he do? He can play special teams. In the third round (of the CFL draft), the guys that you want are already gone. Bo’s a flyer. If you get him, you get him. If you don’t, you don’t. It’s a crapshoot.”
Lokombo plays essentially the same position as Dion Jordan, the 2012 UO senior who was taken with the third pick of this year’s NFL draft. Lokombo told the Sun in an interview last week he hopes to reach similar status as an NFL prospect, were he to have a productive enough senior season. - Rob Moseley, The Register-Guard
08/28/12 - OREGON BREAKOUT STAR: LB Boseko Lokombo - The junior has yet to start a game, but he has made an impact during his two seasons with the Ducks. Last year, he had two interceptions and returned both for a touchdown to go with a touchdown on special teams. He had 36 tackles as a freshman and 33 last year to go with four career touchdowns. He is expected to replace Josh Kaddu, who was drafted by Miami, at linebacker. - The Sports Xchange