Former Virginia football player Trent Corney will get to continue his football career as a member of the Canadian Football League's Winnipeg Blue Bombers.


The Blue Bombers selected Corney, a defensive end who started 11 games as a senior for UVA last year, with the first pick in Round 2 of the 2016 CFL Draft on Tuesday night. Corney was the ninth overall pick in the draft, and the second defensive player taken off the board.


Corney, a native of Brockville, Ontario, appeared in 34 games in his four-year UVA career. He finished with 51 tackles, including 13 for a loss and four sacks. His playing time was limited until his senior year, when Corney had 36 tackles, including nine for a loss and two of his sacks.


Corney boosted his pro football stock in March at the Cavaliers' pro timing day. Corney put up 34 reps on the 225-pound bench press, which matched the best performance at last month's NFL Scouting Combine. He ran the 40-yard dash in an unofficial time in the 4.5-second range, leaped 38 inches on the vertical jump, and reached 10 feed on the broad jump.


Despite that pro day performance, Corney went unselected in last month's NFL Draft. He was invited to the New York Jets' rookie minicamp last weekend on a tryout basis, but wasn't offered a contract.