I strongly suspect bombers will pass on Rams all-star QB Noah Picton at upcoming CIS draft - IN EVERY ROUND HE'S AVAILABLE. My intel says Picton will go anywhere from 2nd to 4th round.
He's listed at 5'9", probably a tad short of that marker unless he's wearing inserts in his cleats!
Lets examine the history of short QBs in pro football. In CFL there have beenthree (3) in Picton's height range -all Americans.
Legendary Doug Flutie actually towered over Picton - Flutie listed at 5'10", many said he was more like 5'9" but Flutie might have been the best QB to ever play the northern game - he was fleet afoot, had an above average throwing arm, his play-calling and field visibility were unparalled. Of course, Flutie could make orange juice out of mince-meat with his tiny but powerful legs and under-estimated speed. He was the greatest immo.
Ron Lancaster, also listed at 5'10" (but shrinking over his lengthy career) was the early clay model for Flutie. Serving as co QBs with legendary canuck Russ Jackson in Ottawa he was dispatched via trade to Saskatchewan in 1960 - and ended up being one of the greats. Not quite as fast as Flutie - but perhaps gifted with a slightly stronger arm - he made fools out of CFL secondaries for two decades - and sometimes out of himself as he was never shy to toss the ball up for grabs even if he didn't see openings. Lots of records for interceptions. In his early days Little General could lug the ball as a roll-out specialist, buying time with his rolls and either taking off if Gluey Hughey or Big Al weren't open. Once he hit 30 and put on 20 to 30 lbs. his running days diminished severely and he morphed into a classic dropback passer with continued success - only showing real deterioration his last year or two.
Kevin Glenn - listed at 5'10", but more like 5'8.5" is the most recent comparison to Picton. Unlike Flutie and Lancaster Glenn was more a classic dropback passer - despite being fairly athletic in his early days. He was probably groomed poorly as he spent time on the riders roster in his earliest days - before the bombers got hold of him as their starter and almost broke the little fella.
But Glenn perservered and now, mostly due to his time served has some gaudy CFL passing stats. He's actually running more at 37/38 than he did at 24 to 30.
Solid arm - but without the extra6 to9 inches of periscope depth tends to throw into blind spots. Often effective, often not with major untimely picks pocking his good career.
If Noah Picton can be his own man - but incorporate the best of Glenn, Flutie & Lancaster he might look forward to a nice CFL career. Initially as a ball-placer and 3rd string trainee., before getting his chance to shine.
Given Winnipeg's incredible propensity to choke at the draft table - (usually due to fear of better players going to the NFL - guess that's why they took Geoff Gray last year, huh?) why not take Picton, if available at #7 vs. a gob of goo like Ekakitie from last season's nightmare draft?
Certainly at #15 in the 2nd round!