Esks draft Concordia kicker
Scott Petersen, edmontonjournal.com
Published: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
EDMONTON — The Edmonton Eskimos selected a potential heir to their kicking throne with their second overall pick in today's CFL Canadian college draft.
After seriously contemplating trading the pick and nearly having a deal in place, the Eskimos kept the pick and took Concordia kicker Warren Kean. He'll have the opportunity to mentor under the team's all-time points leader Sean Fleming and potentially steal away some of his duties.
"You don't come across Warren Keans every single year in the CFL draft," said Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia. "They come around like every five or 10 years."
Hamilton began the draft by selecting Regina wide receiver Chris Bauman first overall and later added highly touted Toledo defensive lineman J.P. Bekasiak with the fourth pick. Calgary had three first-round selections, taking offensive lineman Mike Gyetvai of Michigan State third, Wilfrid Laurier linebacker Justin Phillips fifth and Akron wide receiver Jabari Arthur sixth. Montreal added Calgary offensive lineman Richard Yalowski seventh and B.C. completed the round with Ottawa receiver Adam Nicolson.
The Eskimos selected Akron defensive back Jason Nedd with their second round pick. They finished their drafting with back-to-back picks in the fourth round, adding Montreal defensive lineman Michael Jean-Louis and Western Washington running back Calvin McCarty.
"We've got four out of our top eight (on their draft board)," said Maciocia.
Local products selected were Alberta long-snapper Pat MacDonald by Calgary in the third round and Manitoba offensive lineman, and Spruce Grove product, Ryan Karhut in the sixth round to Saskatchewan.