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RoundDraft Pick                         PosSchool
1(6)Traded To Hamilton
2(10)Godfrey OnyekaCB/SLBWilfrid LaurierA-
3(24)Jordan BeaulieuFS/WLBMcMasterB+
4(32)Tanner GreenSB/FB/LSConcordiaB-
5(37)Traded To Hamilton
5(40)Curtis KrahnOGCalgaryC
6(48)Alex TaylorSB/RB/KRWesternC+
7(53)Harry McMasterSB/TEWesternC-
7(57)Gabriel BagnellDEAcadiaC
8(65)Blair ZerrSB/RB/KRHumboldt StateB-

Godfrey Onyeka is by far the best secondary player in the draft and rates an A- as a result. He can play Corner, Halfback, Safety and even Sam Linebacker. That versatility, his size and athleticism makes him very valuable to the Eskies and sets the Eskies secondary for years going forward. The Wilfrid Laurier product is an aggressive hard hitter who can separate the receiver from the ball, provides tight hands on coverage and will complement Arjen Colquhoun at corner while platooning in sub-packages. However Eskie fans must be patience as Onyeka will need time to learn the pro game and most likely will get spot duty on defense while contributing on special teams.  

Western University product Jordan Beaulieu will bring high energy, aggressiveness, quickness and speed with a 4.57 / 40 to special teams. The top special team gunner in the draft and strong against the run as a free safety Beaulieu garners a B+ rating. Beaulieu is a smart aggressive tackler who rarely allows a broken tackle. He reads the QB well and breaks well on routes opting to separate the receiver from the ball. Beaulieu compliments 2017 draftee Jordan Hoover's ballhawking abilities and could signal the start of a transition from two year starter Neil King. While Beaulieu is a special teams and depth move for now it is a support move to allow for Hoover to ascend to a starter at Free Safety if Neil King were to suffer another major injury.

Keeping with the theme of Special Teamers that can evolve while backing up the Eskies took Concordia Fullback and Alberta native Tanner Green. It is no secret that Head Coach Jason Maas has wanted a big bodied Tight End like Slotback next to the Right Tackle for his smash-mouth spread offense. At 6' 2" 241 pounds Green fits the need as a blocking slotback to platoon with Nate Behar. As a result of fit Green rates a B-. Green will compete and push 6' 2" 238 pound Christophe Normand who was brought in to serve this role for the Esks. Whoever is the better blocker wins the right to play Special Teams as a blocker/protector for the punter and a run blocker with hands as a backup slotback to Behar.  

The Esks targeted Justin Lawrence in the 5th round and then the Calgary Stampeders picked him at 39th overall right in front of the Esks 40th overall pick. As if to return the favor the Esks took University of Calgary Offensive Guard Curtis Krahn. The 6' 2" 295 pounder is an aggressive run blocker, but he will need more development time than Lawrence to become stronger and pro ready. As a result the rating for this pick is a C.    

Western Running Back Alex Taylor has the potential to become a national backup Running Back / Slot Back and special teams returner. Taylor is a receiving back that will most likely need development before he gets a full look as a returner. The Taylor pick rates a C+.

The Esks selected big body Western Slot Back Harry McMaster at 6' 1" 191 pounds he fits the blocking Tight End mould the Esks are working towards for the Field Slot Back. McMaster runs the same 4.8 / 40 as Green, but is smaller and not as strong of a blocker. The McMaster pick rates a C-.

If the Eskies were serious about starting Kwaku Boateng in 2018 then they needed to select a Defensive End to add depth behind Mark Mackie and they did that with the selection of Gabriel Bagnell. At 6' 1" 239 pounds Bagnell is a little undersized comparatively speaking to the rest of the Eskie national rush ends. Mackie will bring his high-motor approach to special teams and as a rush end, but Bagnell is faster. Expect Mackie to get backup reps and Bagnell to get practice roster reps as they develop behind Boateng. This pick is a solid C.  

Blair Zerr Jr., son of former Calgary Stampeder Blair Zerr Sr., has the potential to be the steal of the draft. At 5'11" 198 pounds the Humboldt State Full Back is smaller than Green, but is a receiving back with 4.7 / 40 speed which is bigger and faster than Taylor. Zerr can play either Full Back or Slot Back, along with returning kicks. This pick receives a B- rating.

Overall the Eskies get a B rating for filling and improving a number of special teams positions while providing supporting depth. Now the Esks can begin to develop this group of players over the next one or two years and as departures occur fill any voids.  
 


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