Yes, I know more than Obie. [sarcasm]
In giving up the third spot by trading down to the 8th Obie effectively traded an starting OLineman for a special teamer.
Before the eighth selection (what became our first pick) three hoggies were selected: Tyson Pencer (Winnipeg - at camp) Austin Pasztor (Edmonton - at Vikings camp) and Kirby Fabien (CIS).
With our first pick Obie selected a DB who was known to be staying in the NCAA this year. Courtney Stephen will be a good player but would probably have been around later.
Frederic Plesius (acquired with the extra Winnipeg pick) may be an imposing specimen but unless the TiCats start a n/i at linebacker he'll never be more than a special teamer. It's not Obie's fault the guy decided to stay in the CIS for another year in hopes of making a NFL practice roster next year.
IMHO (and others) key to success in the CFL is as many n/i olinemen as possible. The main reason we're in ratio trouble right now and considering sitting the 2010 Defensive Player of the Year is we've only got three Canucks on the oline.
Perhaps Moe Petrus doesn't make the Buccaneers and is in the Hammer by Labour Day. However, even if that happens it won't make the TiCats deep at a traditionally n/i position.
The mistake was trading our number three spot for what's most likely going to be a back up linebacker for special teams. There are plenty of those guys in the CIS. Unless Tillsonburg native Austin Pasztor makes the Vikings he'll be a stand out at Tackle for Edmonton.