I've pondered this idea for many years and I'll share it today (despite knowing some of The Flame Kings will go nuts denigrating the idea)
Here it is:
A second CFL draft - perhaps 2 or 3 weeks prior to the NFL college draft. Perhaps 3 rounds, certainly no more than 4.
Each CFL team (drafting in the identical order they would draft in the CIS draft) selects 3 or 4 U.S. college players (of any ilk, Canadian, American, Hawaiian, Mexican, German).
These players form the essence of a college neg list; not supplanting the current CFL neg list but complementing it. CFL teams would have 1 full year to sign their draft picks - obviously the NFL would take first precedence for many of the players - unless strategy dictated CFL teams draft from small college and un-drafted seniors)
After the year - if the player remains un-signed by either their NFL or CFL drafting team they could place said player on their standard negotiation list - with all the rules that prevail in that environs.
A few reasons for this - 1. It forces CFL teams to put their money where there mouth is and tip their cards about who they want; 2. It would bring a minor amount of publicity, obviously huge publicity in Canada but the American networks, regional networks and college sports radio and magazines might take interest, 3. More opportunity for players to have the light shone on their college careers.
Anyways, that's my yap. What's yours? :cowboy: