Unless one of the big three offensive linesmen drop in hour hands (I think Ottawa,Edmonton and Winnipeg will draf OL). I think we go with a LB. There are some really good ones in this draft. I've seen Bailey play a lot in High School and College, I can't see the Als taking him. I think we go LB with an outside chance at DL if we can't land Laurent.
I assume you mean you can't see the Als drafting him because of their recent history with non-import WR. But if he is good, at 6'5" he might break that mold. It will also be interesting to see how "list jumpers" like Goosen, Gill and Coombs pan out at the combine. Another big factor is always NFL aspirations. Always a fun time.
Here is the list of Quebec Players invited to e-Camp in Toronto. 13 of the 50 players invited 26 percent are from the Q !
C Pierre Lavertu, Laval (2)
RB Pascal Lochard, Laval
CB Adam Thibault, Laval (13)
G David Foucault, Montreal (3)
LB Antoine Pruneau, Montreal
DE David Ménard, Montreal
DT Mathieu Girard, Montreal
T Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, McGill (1)
LB Max Caron, Concordia (10)
G/DT Quinn Smith, Condordia
R Kris Bastien, Concorida
QB R Quest, Concordia,
R Alexander Fox, Bishop
There are many guys that can crack CFL rosters but this is a year to take local guys that you can send back to their programs, some will have two years College eligibility left, look for the Als to pick from strong CIS programs where the coaching is strong.
Yes, he may even be a late round NFL draft pick. So picking him up at #4 is a bit pricey but with the draft being shallow, he might not be there at 13. He would be the perfect guy to learn behind Bourke and Perret
"As usual, the deepest spot is along the offensive line, where Duvernay-Tardif, Laval’s Pierre Lavertu, and David Foucault, out of Montreal, top the latest CFL Scouting Bureau rankings, which were released Tuesday."
I am old enough to remember finding a couple of Canadian O-linemean who deserved to start was a struggle at times.
Shallow draft could mean teams trade down, especially after the first, or trade up to get a player who unexpectedly drops. Could make things interesting.
Tricky and maybe not so tricky drafting top O Lineman recently. There has been a big trend of them going to the NFL recently and now the trend is they are beginning to return after a year or two on a practice roster. ie. O'Donnell, Holmes.
Now both came back in the last two seasons and both were almost instantly placed into the starting line ups.
Is this because they were that good to begin with and NFL options and intersest waned or because the year or two practicing and spending time in NFL trining camps got them to that level faster.
It is a huge gambit far more recently have made it down there then in the past. Pasztor, Blake, Mulumba, Watkins, Gaydosh, Watman, Charles, Lokombo,Bilukidi,Martin,Greenwood,Wilson. Some even if they don't make it move on and never show like Petrus. So in a shallow draft class you drop your 1st. dime on a guy like that it can really hurt your team. Winnipeg really paid the price last year drafting Mulumba, while a team like Hamilton,Montreal,Calgary and Saskatchewan can take a chance on a guy like that. A team like Winnipeg really could not afford to pass on a guy like Edem or Jones for a lottery ticket. They are even trying to dummy proof the draft this year by holding it a couple weeks after the NFL. Very smart move, in addition agents will have roughly 10 days to get their kids a contract before camp opens, so there won't be as many games being played by the agents.