First, I hate to see the guy go. I loved watching him and Woodard pile downfield looking for second and third blocks after springing Troy Davis past the line of scrimmage. But, I am not the GM and what do we do without him?
We may be all right considering our our draft picks from last year? One of the realities of the CFL draft is you need to pick people with a year of eligibility left to get them before other CFL teams do. Let's analyze last years draft:
Round 1: Cedric Marcoux-Gagne - has a good chance of being an NFL draft pick this year. That's how much this kid improved in his senior year.
Round 2: Jermaine Reid - didn't have a spectacular senior year at Akron, but will probably get NFL training camp invites. Is a Jason Taylor type of end who could excel in the CFL.
Round 2: Peter Dyakowski - NFL size and had a great major bowl game. Might get drafted. Probably ends up anchoring our left side for the next 10 years.
Round 4: Chris Sutherland - had a great year while winning the Vanier Cup with Saskatchewan
Round 5: Michael Roberts - After practicing against Tedd Ginn Jr for 3 years at Ohio State, transferred to another school to get more playing time
Poor draft year if you consider what it did for us in 06. Fantastic draft year if you look at the "blue chip" prospects that are coming to camp this year.
Three big, Canadian O-lineman all playing at the top of their game coming to camp this year. Boy, will I miss you Wayne, but Craig Smith may have set the foundation for our O-line for years to come.
Sorry, Smith is doing a great job and I am glad he is still around.