O'Leary: Weighing the Ticats' options with the No. 1 pick

For all of the change that the past year has brought, when draft night gets here for CFL teams, it won’t feel too far off from the old normal as we knew it.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.cfl.ca/2021/04/21/oleary-weighing-ticats-options-no-1-pick/

#1. Sage Doxtater- When Van Zyle finally retires, the Ti-Cats can switch the ratio from RT to LT. He is also from near by Welland.

#9. Ben Hladik- The Ti-Cats need more Canadian LBs. Hladik also could give Santos-Knox and Frey a run for their money at MLB. His size, speed and coverage abilities are just too good to pass up.

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Experts, eh ? ;o)

If the Ticats want to address Centre right away, there is 1st team all-Canadian C Connor Berglof (Sask. Huskies) to look at.

Hladik sounds like a blue chip MLB prospect and might be able to win the staring job right away. Ogbongbemiga would be a good pick at MLB too, but a risk if he draws NFL interest. Wonder if last draft's Bailey Feltmate will get a real shot at MLB ?

If they're looking receiver - Palmer sounds like a good bet to get a serious NFL look, so Jana might be the safer pick. And local product Tommy Nield (Mac's leading receiver in 2019) put up some impressive testing #s reported for the CFL Combine to go with a big receiver frame - but he might be available still when the Ticats pick again at #s 18 & 19 ?

Holland is a top-rated safety prospect for the NFL draft - meaning unlikely to show up in the CFL soon or ever; CFL teams might totally by-pass using a pick on this guy (similar to what happened with Chase Claypool last CFL draft); not sure if the author here is suggesting the Ticats might use a top pick on Holland ?

Not trying to be a dic* here, but Mark Chapman was from Central, not Eastern, Michigan U.