It's too early to be conclusive about a draft pick being superior to another. Really. One can state that one appears to be superior at the moment, but let's take another year or three before we make that call.
Understand that a) Barker's season-ending leg injury could not have been foreseen and b) some guy named Moreno was in the middle, replete with an East all-star nod, making a MLB replacement not something immediate on the radar.
Emry can play, no doubt. I think Barker will be a very good player for us. IMHO playing safety in the CFL is one of the most challenging positions in the game. MLB is as well, but Emry is surrounded by excellent players and his transition hasn't had a hiccup.
If one really wants to be critical of a first round pick the Cats have made, look no further than Chris Bauman. We're in year three here and the results so far are not encouraging.
Oski Wee Wee,