That's an excellent & very interesting point and obviously has a significant impact upon what the TiCats do with the #1 pick.
Sewell is an obvious stud, but not a lot of rookie Olinemen play get significant playing time in year 1. Ben Heenan did this past year with Saskatchewan, but is that because they were weak or because he was that good or a combination of the two?
I do wonder if Husband and/or Baillargeon and Medeiros for that matter, are more ready having been through at least one training camp & faced professional competition be it in practice and/or game conditions, than Sewell would/will be.
All three players were ranked in the top 15 prospects by the CFL Draft Bureau in their respective years. Their draft stock all fell because they were going back to school. All I'm saying is they were all top prospects in their time and at least have more professional experience at this time.
Makes the #1 pick quite the quandary. Hamilton's depth at NI Olinemen is very good. Do they need a guy like Sewell?
Bo Lokombo is a very interesting prospect. But from what I read in some of the news articles on him out in British Columbia, it's always NFL mentioned and rarely CFL mentioned. It also about graduate from Oregon first and ultimately into journalism. I'm not sure how much the CFL is on his and his family's radar. Finally, he still has a year of eligibility left at Oregon & I don't think he's graduated yet. An interesting "futures" prospect, but a riskier pick I think.
Personally, I think the TiCats will trade the pick. There is not an unanimous #1 overall pick. Different teams have a different guy at the top of their board. Austin will wait to hear from another GM who will covet someone specifically and get something in return for moving down and then the TiCats will get the guy they were going to get anyways.