Ottawa Expansion Draft Rules

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CFL UNVEILS EXPANSION DRAFT PLAN
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 8:00 AM
The Canadian Football League’s Board of Governors has approved an Expansion Draft Plan designed to provide Ottawa with the opportunity to compete in its first year in the league.

“Our goal has been clear throughout — to give Ottawa the chance to field a competitive team without unfairly undermining our existing franchises,? said CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon. “We are confident this plan meets that objective.?
The plan is superior to the ones provided to Ottawa’s last entry in the league, and that bodes well for the team’s future, said Jeff Hunt, a member of the prospective ownership group in Ottawa.

“The expansion draft is just one part of our plan to build a team our fans can be proud of, but it will provide the foundation on which we build,? Hunt said.

In March 2008, the CFL announced that an Ottawa group consisting of businessmen Jeff Hunt, Roger Greenberg, John Ruddy and Bill Shenkman had been awarded a CFL franchise conditional on the provision of a proper stadium. The ownership group now also includes Ottawa Fury Soccer Club owner John Pugh. The Ottawa franchise will become official upon implementation of the group’s agreement with the City of Ottawa for the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park, including the refurbishment of Frank Clair Stadium.

If everything proceeds as planned, the Ottawa team could take the field for the 2013 season. In that case, the expansion draft would be conducted on or about Thursday, December 13, 2012. It will consist of three rounds: one for imports, and two for non-imports.

Ottawa will be able to select a total of eight imports and 16 non-imports, including two quarterbacks, from existing teams.

In addition, if the team is ready to start play in 2013, Ottawa will pick first in all six rounds of the 2013 CFL Canadian Draft, after picking as many as four underclassmen from the NCAA in the 2012 CFL Canadian Draft.

Here are some additional details on the expansion draft:

The Expansion Draft is divided into two main categories from which players may be selected, Non-Imports and Imports (quarterbacks, kickers, and punters are eligible for selection within the applicable Non-Import or Import category).

Ottawa will have the ability to select not more than two quarterbacks and not more than one kicker or punter (for clarity, Ottawa may not select a kicker and a punter). A Member Club cannot have both a quarterback and a kicker or punter selected from its roster.

ROUND ONE: IMPORT DRAFT
Member Clubs may protect one quarterback, and 10 additional Import players.

Ottawa will select one Import player from each Member Club.

Import quarterbacks, kickers, and punters are eligible for selection (and protection), provided that:

•Each Member Club may protect a maximum of one quarterback in the Import Draft.
•All other quarterbacks on a Member Club’s roster at the time of the draft are eligible for selection in this section.
•Ottawa will only be able to select two quarterbacks in the Expansion Draft.
•If a quarterback is selected from a Member Club in the Import Draft, such Member Club will be able to protect the names of an additional two Non-Import players in the first round of the Non-Import Draft.
•If a kicker or punter is selected from a Member Club in the Import Draft, such Member Club will be able to protect one additional Non-Import player in the first round of the Non-Import Draft.
ROUND TWO: NON-IMPORT DRAFT
Each Member Club will protect six Non-Import players.

Non-Import quarterbacks, kickers, and punters are eligible for selection (and protection), provided that:

•If a Member Club had a quarterback selected from its roster in the Import draft, it will be permitted to protect eight Non-Import players in the first round of the Non-Import Draft (instead of six); and
•Ottawa will be prevented from also selecting a kicker or punter from that Member Club.
•If a Member Club had a kicker or punter selected from its roster in the Import Draft:
•That Member Club will be permitted to protect seven Non-Import players in the Non-Import Draft (instead of six); and
•Ottawa will be prevented from also selecting a quarterback from that Member Club.
Any kicker or punter selected in the Non-Import Draft must be selected in the first round. If a Member Club had a kicker or punter selected from its roster in the Non-Import Draft, such Member Club would be eligible to protect eight Non-Import players in the second round of the Non-Import Draft, instead of six.

Ottawa will then select one non-import player from each Member Club.

ROUND THREE: NON-IMPORT DRAFT
Member Clubs will then submit a second list of an additional six Non-Import players for protection

If a Member Club lost a Non-Import kicker or punter in the first round of the Non-Import Draft, such Member Club would submit two additional Non-Import player names for protection.

Ottawa will then select one non-import player from each Member Club.

The Commissioner will resolve any dispute related to player eligibility for the Expansion Draft process.

CFL CANADIAN DRAFT (Non-Imports)
Ottawa will select in rounds one, two, three and four of the CFL Canadian Draft in the calendar year preceding the year it begins play, possibly 2012. It will select at the ninth position in each of the first four rounds and may only select Redshirt Juniors from the NCAA. Ottawa will be able to select a maximum of four underclassmen (NCAA) in that CFL Canadian Draft.

Ottawa will have the first pick in every round of the CFL Canadian Draft in the calendar year in which it begins play, possibly 2013. That provides Ottawa with the:

•First overall selection
•10th overall selection
•19th overall selection
•28th overall selection
•37th overall selection
•45th overall selection
•Plus two additional picks at 55 and 56


Seems Reasonable. Not completely sure they should get first pick in every round, but this is definetly better then last time

Excellent. Ottawa needs to be competitive right out the gate. Very glad to see they’re only allowing teams to protect 1 QB.

Call me a pescimist, I'm still worried this all may not come together. I REALLY hope it does but I won't be betting the farm on it quite yet.

That does make things look a lot better for Ottawa. Were the draft to be held today based on how the rosters looked at the end of 2010, and each team could protect 2 QBs, their choices would be limited to the following third stringers:

BC: Mike Reilly
Edmonton: Jason Maas
Calgary: Daryll Clark
Saskatchewan: Cole Bergquist
Winnipeg: Joey Elliot
Hamilton: Adam Trafralis
Toronto: Ken Dorsey
Montreal: Chris Leak

But with only 1 QB being protected, it now looks like this when you add the second stringers:

BC: Mike Reilly and Jarious Jackson
Edmonton: Jason Maas and Jared Zabransky
Calgary: Daryll Clark and Drew Tate
Saskatchewan: Cole Bergquist and Ryan Dinwiddie
Winnipeg: Joey Elliot and Alex Brink
Hamilton: Adam Trafralis and Quinton Porter
Toronto: Ken Dorsey and Dalton Bell
Montreal: Chris Leak and Adrian McPherson.

As a GM of an expansion team, I like that second list of choices a heck of a lot better than the first.

Maybe they should wait until confirmation a stadium will get built there before thinking about expansion draft rules.

news to EastvanMark.

they are doing it.

I'm a little confused on the underclassman NCAA thing... Is that American players in the CFL draft?

I don't think Anthony Calvillo though is going to stick around till 2013, so Adrian McPhearson is likely going to be Montreal's protected QB. Certainly though of that QB list Jarious Jackson and Jared Zabransky would be my choices.

I totally agree with you hammer, I was making up that list on an as-if basis, as if the draft were being held now.

Certainly, by the time it rolls around, AC will likely have retired so that the Als would protect McPherson and leave Leak and Santos exposed (assuming they are still there at the time).

No these are NCAA players who their first year at the school are red shirted. As in they practice but never play. These players are then allowed to play the next 4 years. So when they become eligible for the CFL draft they still have another year left of eligiblity in the NCAA so most (if not all) play out that season and then come up here after that. (or are drafted in the NFL or signed as free agents there)

When do AC, Ricky Ray and Henry Burris become free agents?

I'm pretty sure all three (Ray, Burris and AC) want to stay with their current club. Let's just say next year is their last year under contract, then the Esks, Stamps and Als protect Zabransky, Tate and MacPherson and "re-sign" Ray, Burris and AC.

tommybluenose; When does Ricky Ray become a free agent? I think he's in his option year. I could be wrong however.

And, predicated on the basis that the list is as it is and the draft were to be held today, I think my choices would be Drew Tate as my projected starter and either Adam Tafralis or Chris Leak behind him. Never been particularly impressed with Jackson, and I'm just not sold on Zabransky yet.

i'd take jarious jackson and chris leak, if picking from todays rosters.

I can't wait to see Popp at work on that 1:

How many players will "retire", how many players will be "disabled"....

Don't know if the league will look into this....but some GM will have teams that might be "untouched" !

This expansion draft is not overly reliant on taking "existing" talent from the other teams. Provided they don't start trading their picks They will start off with 10 draft picks 5 of which will be top notch and 24 players with league experience So they start

11 NI Prospects
8 import vets
16 non import vets
free agents
Neg list
2 QB with some CFL experience.

So if they start their recruiting a year in advance to flesh out the rest and sign a few free agents they should be of to a great start pretty much everywhere. Hunt just has to resist the better GM's offers for the underclassmens...

Nice to give both Ottawa and the existing teams two years to work with :thup:

Good job...

What the ??
2013 ????

The Sacramento Gold Miners only took 3 months to field a team !!

Sheesh.

:wink:

Yes.

And they fnished in last place im the western conference in their first season of existence, 1993.

The shovels are in the ground? Must have missed that. Thanks for letting me know

I love that they draft in (presumably) 2012, a year ahead of time, but am not certain why it's limited to redshirt junior NCAA players. I understand that the player would go back to school anyway and be ready for 2013, but that is also true of CIS players the year they become draft-eligible, does't it?

I am also very happy that they chose to not mess with the import ratio. I never liked the idea of starting with more Americans than other teams.