CFL adding one round to Canadian Draft

The CFL is set to make its Canadian draft one round longer, per sources.

That will make this year’s pick-fest eight rounds and it marks the second time the league has expanded the draft since 2013, when they went from six to seven rounds.

An extra round gives teams a chance to bring more Canadian players to training camp as “non-counters” or athletes that don’t count against a teams’ roster number until the final cuts are made.

That opportunity for a player to display what he can do over a prolonged period of time in a football setting can help ensure less fall through the cracks. Canadian receiver Rob Bagg is a perfect example: he went through the 2007 CFL Draft unselected and signed with Saskatchewan after the draft. Bagg went to camp, proved he could play at the pro level and he’s carved out an impressive career.

The demand for Canadian players has never been higher, particularly since the league added Ottawa as an expansion franchise in time for the 2014 season. Seventh round draft picks currently on CFL rosters: Martin Pesek (Ticats), Kevin Malcolm (Redblacks), Kevin Bradfield (Argos), Anthony Coady (Alouettes), Cameron Thorn (B.C. Lions), Blair Smith (Eskimos) and Andrew Buckley (Stampeders).

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Justin Dunk

Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.

4 Comments on CFL adding one round to Canadian Draft

  1. Jimmy Breslin // May 2, 2016 at 5:57 pm //

    Smart move but smarter still would be to pay your solid Canadian talent enough to keep them in the barn.

    • Michael Spencer // May 2, 2016 at 8:45 pm //

      Unless we can start filling 70k stadiums each week and getting billion dollar TV deals, that will never be possible.

  2. Tom Riddell // May 3, 2016 at 9:06 am //

    Agreed why say in Minor Pro leagues when go NFL and make 6000 a Week on Practice Roster

  3. Jimmy Breslin // May 3, 2016 at 10:46 am //

    You’re missing the point, harder to find legit Canadian talent, American players abound, so maybe provide one year guaranteed contracts, player to be paid for a full season whether he gets cut or traded. If he retires all bets are off. Offer a bonus incentive to kick in at season’s end preventing Mo Price type situations. Loyalty is a two way street. Management keeps droning on about wanting to keep their core players together developing a critical bond with fans. Well go do it !

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