5/2/2007 7:01:49 PM
The Saskatchewan Roughriders acquired the negotiation rights to quarterback Drew Tate from the Edmonton Eskimos in exchange for their 3rd round selection in the 2008 CFL Canadian Draft.
Tate, who was a three-year starter at Iowa, recently signed as an undrafted free agent with the St. Louis Rams. In his senior season he completed 207 of 352 passes (59%) for 2,683 yards and 18 touchdowns. He completed 62% of his passes for 2,828 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2005.
''In my opinion if Drew were two inches taller he would have been a third or fourth round selection in last week's NFL draft,'' said Roughriders general manager Eric Tillman. ''He has a strong arm; he's mobile, intelligent, tough and super competitive. Anytime you trade a draft pick for a projected player it is a risk, but in our opinion the upside of this risk was well worth taking.''
With their first pick in Wednesday's Canadian College Draft, the Roughriders selected wide receiver Dave McKoy from the University of Guelph ninth overallhttp://www.tsn.ca/cfl/news_story/?ID=206400&hubname=