( i wasn't sure which thread to post this in, but this thread mentions the college draft in it's title, so i chose it.)
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The Ottawa RedBlacks, at least theoretically, will add up to four bodies to their first roster during Monday's CFL Draft.
Things won't really begin to percolate until the CFL expansion draft following the 2013 season as the RedBlacks prepare to rejoin the league for the 2014 schedule.
But for now, Ottawa fans will have to be happy with some names who won't even be signed for several months -- and may never play a down of football here.
Not to be a downer, in fact there's plenty to be excited about.
There are a couple of Ottawa kids in the mix -- Brander Craighead and Connor Williams -- and both will get strong consideration when RedBlacks GM Marcel Desjardins chooses from a list of Canadian-born U.S. college players (eligible if they started in the NCAA four years ago, but spent a season "redshirted," and didn't play a game).
It's not like it's a bottomless well of redshirted talent. There are only 17 who qualify ... and some of those will never play football again. Unlike the other eight CFL teams, Ottawa, this year only, will not be able to pick CIS or NCAA seniors.
"There are maybe only 12 guys you'd want to draft, so I'd be surprised if we got four rounds," said Desjardins. "I'm pretty even-keeled. I'm looking forward to it."
The RedBlacks -- Desjardins with his football folks, Miles Gorrell and Jeremy Snyder -- have done mock drafts to try and figure out what might fall to them when they pick ninth in each round of the draft. That the RedBlacks will pick last in each round is certainly a head-scratcher, especially given the restrictions on who they can select this year.
"We'd hope we can build a roster where we don't need significant contributions right away from any guys we might draft here," said Desjardins. "It's rare for a guy to step in and play right away."
But the draft is important, nonetheless, serving as a dry run for next season, when the RedBlacks will be a full participant and select first.