We can take whoever we want at #1. Based on the CFL Evaluation camp test results, the clear choice would be DT Bekasiak. We do have a clear need for a big, Belli-type inside. The Ticats currently have the following Canadian players who can play DT: McKay-Loescher, Dunbrack, Pilon and Wayne. Desjardins has already stated that McKay-Loescher is going to play DE. Pilon, I think, won't survive training camp. And Dunbrack is clearly getting up there in age. Therefore if Bekasiak agrees, ahead of the Canadian draft, to come to Hamilton's training camp (because he isn't drafted by an NFL team or given a look as an NFL free agent), expect the Cats to take him at #1. If the NFL does knock on Bekasiak's door, I don't think the Cats will select him at #1, because one would think that with the #1 and #4 picks, Hamilton would want players who can help them immediately. If Bekasiak isn't available immediately, look for Hamilton to instead select safety Crawford. Crawford (who is from Burlington) is very athletic and loves to hit, and would do very well platooning with Shaw, Beveridge or Gauthier (whoever survives training camp) at safety. He would also give us the best safety prospect we've had in Hamilton since Hitchcock was a rookie.
If we do end up taking Bekasiak at #1, this is how I see the next three draft selections going down.
Edmonton and Calgary select #2 and #3, then we pick at #4. Arguably, the strongest players after Bekasiak and Crawford may be Receivers Nicholson, Challenger and Bauman, and Running Back Sadeghian. Does Hamilton have enough Canadian receivers to compete at the 2007 Training Camp already? I think so. Curently we have Maeko, Birungi, Bisaillon, Morreale, Ralph and Fleming on the roster. Does Hamilton have enough Canadian running backs to compete at the 2007 training camp already? I don't think so. Currently we have Lumsden, Radelein and Aidoo on the roster. Based on our depth at each above-mentioned position, if Crawford isn't available at #4, I believe that the Cats will take Sadeghian, if he, too, is left after Edmonton and Calgary picks. I think the Cats will take Sadeghian for many reasons: because he could easily sub as a power-back for Lumsden, because Taaffe loves to run the ball, and because Sadaghian is a very well rounded athlete would immediately be a force on special teams.
If Crawford and Sadaghian are scooped up by Edmonton and Calgary, and if LB Phillips is still available, then I think the Cats will take Philips at #4 instead. Based on some of the Evaluation Camp reports I've read, Phillips, who has great size, could be the next O'Shea.