PROVO — BYU linebacker Jadon Wagner was selected by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats with the 44th overall pick of Sunday's Canadian Football League Draft.

A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Wagner will forgo his senior season at BYU to begin his professional career in the CFL.

Wagner played 12 games for the Cougars in 2010 — starting nine. The 6-foot-4, 246-pound outside linebacker totaled 38 tackles, seven tackles for loss and one sack while adding a pass breakup to help BYU's defense finish the year ranked No. 24 in the nation.

Weber State tight end Tyrell Francisco was also drafted by the Tiger-Cats. He was selected in the fifth round (36th overall).