You two do realize that there is no CFL mandate requiring 21 NI's on a CFL's 42 man roster, it's 20.
3 QB's + 20 NI's the remaining 19 spots can be filled by imports = 42.
This doesn't include NI's on a teams 4 man reserve or PR rosters of course.
Why would you reduce the number of NI's required on roster?
for one, the rule is even for every team, so it's not like is unfair as every team is on equal footing, so leave it at 20.
Teams that know what they are doing build up NI depth and many have more then min required amount of NI's. How are other teams being so negatively affected, they are losing the starting NI they deem the least valuable(as they protect their 6th most valuable) and then their 12th most valuable(providing Ottawa drafts the guy who team X would have protected if they could protect one more)
The issue with NI talent is there is not enough room on rosters to develop much more as rosters are currently setup, there should be more PR spots for teams to use on NI's exclusively should they choose.
Yes by my system Ottawa would get the 8 of the 7th best CFL starters from each team.
This is providing Ottawa is stupid enough to strictly take starters or CFL teams simple protect their starters, which is a horribly simplistic way of looking how teams will protect their teams, not going to happen. If Morley is still starting for the Bombers at the end of 2013 do you really think he'll be protected or Logan god no, they aren't going to protect their 32 and 33 year old starters when they can protect their younger ones like Poblah and Muamba.
For Hamilton they won't protect Stala or Hage if they are still around. So now if Ottawa selects all those guys in that first round, Ottawa is 1-2 years away from their entire first round of starters retiring.
the 8 backups(depending on the draft timing Ottawa might barely have any options to pick from who are signed for the 2014 season)
14 NCAA underclassman, who may or may not BE IN CAMP depending on if they end up getting a look in the NFL
6 2014 draft picks who may or may not be in camp for 2014.(they could be underclassman or like Plesius and Rockhill from 2012 elect to go back for another year in the CIS)
So Ottawa ends up with UP TO 36 NI's before Free agency, but how is that crazy? It is crazy to think all 36 are going to be there for TC, with the system I suggest Ottawa will likely get 28-30 of those 36 into TC for 2014 which considering this is a team with no incumbant starters is actually low, they'll need a lot of NI talent in their first TC especially, really if Ottawa is smart they'll play their first few games with 9-10 NI starters if they can and see which one of those will be best upgraded by airlifting in another talent, especially as over half of the ~30 will be prospects with little game experience.
Who in their right mind thinks that these 14 NCAA underclassman are automatically going to become starters and HOW does this negatively affect the other 8 teams?
are they losing anything by Ottawa getting these underclassmen, not at all.
This draft system will NOT give Ottawa an amazing boost, but at least with those extra underclassman Ottawa has a good shot at winning 2-3 years into their existence.
What happens the draft is in December/January, if Ottawa selects Fantuz from Hamilton, as he should be a FA in 2014 so Hamilton has no need to protect him, and he simple refuses to re-sign with Ottawa and re-signs with Hamilton?
Is that providing them with a big boost in their first year?
That draft timing is also going to kill Ottawa one way or the other. If it is before FA then teams will not re-sign their pending FA's until after the draft leaving Ottawa with extremely slim pickings.
If the draft is after the start of FA then Ottawa goes into FA with absolutely no idea of what it's team needs are, what the team salary structure will be nor will they have a good time convincing guys to sign as the chance of playoff bonuses are slim to nil without over paying, putting them in a bad situation under the SMS.
It's not so simple.