I think we did very well in this draft. We got two of the top players available for selection. Maybe THE top two in fact.
Barker will make the team this year I suspect. Perhaps as a special teams guy and with spot duty at safety. I like Sandy Beveridge, but I see Barker as pushing him and ultimately succeeding him. Not to say he's the next Rob Hitchcock, but he looks quite promising.
Giguere will probably be in the CFL with us later this season. If he isn't, and sticks down south, then good for him. I don't know why people complain we wasted a pick on him because he has signed with the NFL. Same thing happened with Jesse Lumsden after all, twice in fact, and now he's with the Cats, a starter, and seen by many as a star in the making, or even right now.
The trade with BC looks like an excellent deal for us. Actually, I think it's a bit of a steal. How Obie talked the Lions into giving up a starting LB and a kicker for a second round choice, I just don't know. I wonder, did they owe him one? Now our LB corps looks solid.
Our later picks are really gravy. A bit of competition at camp at RB/FB and WR is all to the good.
We have a very good group of young Canadians on our roster. This bodes well for the future of the team. Much credit to Obie for his work this year, and credit where it's due to Marcel Desjardins for his efforts in the past couple of seasons.
Overall, I think we're headed in a positive direction. The playoffs are definitely within reach. Lots of games between now and then of course, but I think things are promising.