Grading, analyzing & re-selecting the 2013 CFL Draft

It’s that time again — time to grade, analyze, and re-draft a CFL draft.

Assessing any draft fairly takes time. The number of factors in determining the quality of a draft class — player development, playing time, coaching, trades, free agency, roster depth, injuries, etc. — is huge. Still, given that the 2013 CFL draft is now four seasons in the past, I feel it is fair to assign each selection a grade.

This is the third annual installment of my CFL re-draft series. Click here for the 2011 edition or here for the 2012 edition.

Keeping with the grading scheme of previous re-drafts, the following scale will be used to rate player selections. Feel free to follow along with the whole draft here.

5 = Perennial all-star

4 = Consistent starter

3 = Situational starter, strong depth player

2 = Special teamer and/or distant depth player

1 = Minimal contributor, has been released

0 = Never appeared in a CFL regular season game

It should be noted that draft grades are only a reflection of the impact each player had with the team that originally drafted him. For example, if John Smith is cut by Team A before ever appearing in a regular season game, Team A would receive a zero for drafting him even if he goes on to become a perennial all-star with Team B.

B.C. Lions' quarterback Travis Lulay, left, and Hunter Steward celebrate Lulay's touchdown against the Ottawa Redblacks during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday October 1, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. Lions

Round Pick Position Player Name College Grade
1 6 OL Hunter Steward Liberty  4
2 12 WR Seydou Junior Haidara Laval  2
3 21 LB Boseko Lokombo Oregon  3
4 33 DB Matthew McGarva Windsor  1
5 42 OL Matthew Albright Saint Mary’s  2
6 52 DB Matthew Walker UBC  0
7 58 DL Cameron Thorn Guelph  2

Drafted as a redshirt junior, Steward joined the Lions in 2014 and appeared in just ten games over his first two CFL seasons due to injury. The Liberty product has since settled in nicely at guard for B.C. after initially seeing time with the Leos at left tackle. Steward signed a one-year contract extension with B.C. for the 2017 campaign.

Haidara spent two seasons with B.C., recording 24 special teams tackles and seven receptions. The Laval product has since spent time with Saskatchewan and Winnipeg and is currently a Montreal Alouette.

Lokombo entered the draft as the top prospect of the 2013 class, falling into the third round due to his seemingly inevitable selection in the 2014 NFL draft. Lokombo wound up going undrafted in 2014 and joined the Lions in September of that same year. The linebacker had an excellent 2015 campaign in B.C. (24 tackles, 24 special teams tackles, and one sack), but regressed in 2016 (nine tackles, 11 special teams tackles). Lokombo signed a three-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens in January.

McGarva spent two injury-riddled seasons with the Lions, recording three special teams tackles in eight games. McGarva attended Toronto’s training camp in 2015 and is currently a free agent.

Albright dressed as a reserve guard for the Lions in 2013 before being selected by Ottawa in that December’s expansion draft. Albright is still with the Redblacks, having started a handful of games in 2016.

Thorn played for B.C. for two seasons (2014-2015) as the club’s reserve offensive lineman. The Guelph product signed with Calgary after he was released by B.C. last May, starting a handful of games at centre.

Walker was cut during his first training camp with the Lions and is now out of football.

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Edmonton Eskimos

Round Pick Position Player Name College Grade
1 10 DL Stefan Charles Regina  0
3 24 LB Kyle Norris Saint Mary’s  1
3 26 OL Christopher Mercer Regina  1
4 31 LB Jorgen Hus Regina  0
4 34 OL Taylor Servais Ottawa  0
6 51 DL Elie Ngoyi Bishop’s  2
7 55 FB Smith Wright Alberta  0

Charles signed with the NFL’s Tennessee Titans just four days after the 2013 CFL draft, eventually cracking their practice roster. The Regina product was claimed by the Bills in October of that year and remained on Buffalo’s active roster until the end of the 2015 season. Charles went on to sign a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions and has since signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Charles has appeared in 60 career NFL games, recording 60 tackles, five sacks, and two forced fumbles.

Norris spent just one season with the Eskimos, recording five special teams tackles and one forced fumble in 13 games. After his release in June of 2014, Norris went on to spend time with Winnipeg (2014), Montreal (2014), and Saskatchewan (2015) and is now out of football.

Mercer spent the 2013 and 2014 seasons with Edmonton, predominantly on the club’s practice roster. He has yet to sign another CFL contract.

Hus spent two years in the NFL as a long snapper with Seattle, St. Louis, and Kansas City before his CFL rights were traded to Saskatchewan as part of the Cory Watson trade. Hus has appeared in 27 games with Saskatchewan over the past two seasons, recording five special teams tackles.

Ngoyi has spent the past four seasons with the Eskimos, recording three tackles, nineteen special teams tackles, and one sack in 53 career games.

Servais and Wright were released during their first training camp with the Eskimos.

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Calgary Stampeders

Round Pick Position Player Name College Grade
1 7 OL Brander Craighead UTEP  4
2 13 DL Ben D’Aguilar McMaster  2
2 16 OL Brett Jones Regina  5
3 25 WR Yannick Morin-Plante Laval  0
4 28 WR Charlie Power Saskatchewan  2
6 48 OL Shane Bergman Western  4
7 59 P Dumitru Ionita Concordia  0

Craighead signed with the Stampeders prior to the 2014 season and immediately became a force at guard in Calgary’s starting line-up. A series of unfortunate head injuries forced the UTEP product to retire in January of 2016 at just 25 years of age.

D’Aguilar has spent the past four seasons with Calgary, recording four tackles, 34 special teams tackles, and one forced fumble in 50 career contests. He signed a contract extension to remain with the Stamps on February 1, 2017.

Jones’ two-year stint with the Stampeders was a highly decorated one, winning the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie award in 2013 and the CFL’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman award in 2014. Now in his second year with the New York Giants, Jones would likely become the CFL’s highest-paid offensive lineman when/if he returned north.

Power has spent the past three seasons with Calgary, recording 25 special teams tackles and three receptions in 33 career games. He signed a contract extension with Calgary this past off-season to forgo free agency.

Bergman was drafted as a project player whose selection quickly paid dividends for the Stamps. Making his CFL debut in November of 2013, Bergman has been a starter for Calgary at left guard for the past three years. Were it not for the emergence of Winnipeg’s Travis Bond last season, it is likely Bergman would have earned his first all-star selection at guard in 2016.

Morin-Plante was released during his first training camp with the Stampeders, while Ionita never signed a CFL contract.

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Saskatchewan Roughriders

Round Pick Position Player Name College Grade
1 4 OL Corey Watman Eastern Michigan  3
5 38 OL Matt Vonk Waterloo  2
5 39 WR Alex Anthony Wilfred Laurier  1
5 40 DL Levi Steinhauer Saskatchewan  2
5 44 TE Spencer Moore McMaster  2
6 49 LB Thomas Spoletini Calgary  0
7 56 OL Eric Armitage Western  0

Considered by many to be the most pro-ready offensive lineman in the 2013 CFL draft, Watman was selected to become the heir apparent to veteran centre Dominic Picard. Beaten out for the starting job two seasons later by Regina Thunder product Dan Clark, Watman never became a full-time starter in Saskatchewan. He is now the starting right guard in Toronto after signing there as a free agent in February of 2016.

Vonk signed with the Riders in 2014 and waited two-and-a-half years before earning his first pro start in week nine of the 2016 CFL season. Vonk is under contract with Saskatchewan through 2017.

Anthony spent the 2013 and 2014 seasons between Saskatchewan’s active and practice rosters. He won a Grey Cup with the club in 2013, recording one reception that season. He is now out of football.

Moore and Steinhauer have been limited by injuries in their respective careers. Moore has spent the past four seasons with the Riders, recording 21 special teams tackles and two forced fumbles in 45 career games. The McMaster remains with the club at fullback. Steinhauer, who has recorded 17 special teams tackles in 30 career contests, was released in February.

Spoletini and Armitage were cut during Saskatchewan’s 2013 training camp. The pair appeared in training camps the following season with B.C. and Winnipeg, respectively, but were released.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Round Pick Position Player Name College Grade
1 2 DL Andy Mulumba Eastern Michigan  0
2 11 DB Kristopher Robertson Concordia  0
3 20 WR Carl Fitzgerald Saint Mary’s  1
4 29 WR Michael DiCroce McMaster  0
6 46 WR Stephen Alli Florida  0
7 54 P Billy Pavlopoulos UBC  0

Joe Mack’s final draft class as the general manager of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers may be the CFL’s worst of the past decade.

Mulumba signed a free agent contract with the NFL’s Green Bay Packers just four days after the draft and enjoyed an excellent rookie NFL season, recording 33 tackles and one sack in fourteen games (including three starts). Mulumba’s career suffered a set-back the following season when he tore his ACL, after which he recorded just two tackles in six games with Green Bay. The Eastern Michigan product was signed and cut by the Kansas City Chiefs during training camp a season ago and is now a member of the Oakland Raiders.

Robertson was an off-the-board pick who tore his ACL while playing pick-up basketball just days after the draft in 2013. The Concordia product would sign with the Bombers the following season, though he was one of the club’s first training camp cuts. After a brief stint with Saskatchewan that same year, Robertson is now out of football.

Fitzgerald spent two seasons with the Bombers at fullback, recording three receptions and five special teams tackles. Like Robertson, Fitzgerald spent a brief period of time in Saskatchewan before moving on from the game.

DiCroce spent the entire 2013 season on the Bombers’ injured reserve due to a broken foot. After appearing in Calgary’s training camp the following season, DiCroce is now out of football.

Pavlopoulos was released during the Bombers’ training camp in 2013, losing the punting battle to incumbent Mike Renaud. Pavlopoulos was brought in to compete for Winnipeg’s punting job again in 2016, but was again released.

Alli, a 6’6 New Hampshire native who recorded just three receptions during his NCAA career, never signed a CFL contract.

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Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Round Pick Position Player Name College Grade
1 1 DL Linden Gaydosh Calgary  2
2 15 DL Brent Urban Virginia  0
3 19 LB Carl-Olivier Prime Wagner  2
4 35 WR Simon Le Marquand Ottawa  0
5 37 FB Isaac Dell Wilfred Laurier 1
5 43 DB Neil King Saint Mary’s 3
6 45 DB Michael Daly McMaster 3
7 53 P/K Brett Lauther Saint Mary’s 1

Gaydosh joined the Tiger-Cats in September of 2014 following a two-year stint with the Carolina Panthers during which he recorded two tackles in nine games. After missing the entire 2015 season due to a torn Achilles tendon, Gaydosh was traded to Saskatchewan midway through 2016 along with receiver Tommy Streater and two late-round 2017 draft selections in exchange for defensive end Justin Capicciotti and offensive tackle Xavier Fulton.

Urban was selected in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL draft by the Baltimore Ravens. Urban has since developed into a rotational pass rusher with the Ravens, recording ten tackles and two sacks in 16 games in 2016. It is unlikely that Urban will ever sign a CFL contract.

Prime joined the Ticats in September of 2013 after a brief stint with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, recording seven special teams tackles as a rookie. Converted to fullback before the 2014 season, Prime has recorded five career receptions and six career rushes. He has yet to miss a CFL game due to injury.

Dell signed with the Tabbies in February of 2014, spending most of the season on the club’s two-man reserve. Released just weeks prior to the 2014 Grey Cup, Dell is now out of football.

King spent three seasons in Hamilton (2013-2015), recording 15 tackles, 26 special teams tackles, and one sack in 41 games. King joined his brother, Ryan, in their hometown of Edmonton as a free agent in 2016 where he started eighteen games at safety, recording 49 tackles, 13 special teams tackles, two sacks, and one forced fumble.

Daly returned to McMaster for the 2013 season, but has spent the past three seasons with the Ticats. He has recorded 24 tackles, 29 special teams tackles, one sack, and four interceptions in spot starting duty behind Canadian safeties Craig Butler and Courtney Stephen. Daly recently signed a contract extension to remain in Hamilton through 2018.

Lauther spent brief periods of time as the Ticats’ kicker in 2013 and spent the entire 2014 season on the club’s practice roster. After receiving tryouts from Toronto and Saskatchewan in 2015, Lauther is now out of football.

Le Marquand was released during the Ticats’ training camp in 2013 before receiving a shot with Ottawa the following season. He was released by the Redblacks and is now out of football.

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Toronto Argonauts

Round Pick Position Player Name College Grade
1 8 OL Matt Sewell McMaster  2
2 17 DB Jermaine Gabriel Bishop’s  4
3 22 WR Natey Adjei Buffalo  2
6 52 OL Michael Di Domenico Tarleton State  0
7 60 LB Paul Spencer Concordia  0

Sewell served as a reserve offensive lineman for the Argos for two seasons (2014-2015) after returning to McMaster for his final year of CIS eligibility in 2013. Traded to Saskatchewan prior to the 2016 season, Sewell announced his retirement after refusing to report to the green and white.

Gabriel has developed into a starting-caliber safety in Toronto, recording 135 tackles, five sacks, three forced fumbles, and one interception in 60 career games. His 34 career starts lead all defensive backs of the 2013 CFL draft class.

Adjei recorded eleven receptions and one touchdown over 35 games with Toronto during his two seasons with the club. The Buffalo product recorded six receptions and five special teams tackles this past year with Edmonton. He will be back with the Esks in 2017.

Both Di Domenico and Spencer were released by the Argos in June of 2013.

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Ottawa Redblacks

Round Pick Position Player Name College Grade
1 9 OL Nolan MacMillan Iowa  4
2 18 DL Connor Williams Utah State  4
3 27 DL Kalonji Kashama Eastern Michigan  2
4 36 TE Tyler Digby Robert Morris  0

The Redblacks were only eligible to draft redshirt juniors in the 2013 CFL draft, an accommodation that may have influenced B.C. and Calgary to select then-juniors Hunter Steward and Brander Craighead before Ottawa had the chance. Ironically, Ottawa ended up with the most successful redshirt junior available in the entire draft class: Iowa product Nolan MacMillan. MacMillan has started all but one of his 43 contests in Ottawa, enjoying success at both guard and tackle. He signed a rich one-year extension to remain in Ottawa in 2017.

Williams made a name for himself in 2016 after his sophomore season was lost to a devastating back injury. Recording 18 tackles, five sacks, and one forced fumble in fourteen starts, Williams has shown the ability to excel at both defensive tackle and defensive end. He signed a contract extension with Ottawa through 2018 in December of 2016.

Kashama joined the Redblacks for their inaugural season in 2014 after a brief stint with the NFL’s Detroit Lions. Recording eight tackles, five special teams tackles, and one sack in 26 games with Ottawa, Kashama later joined the Roughriders in 2016 where he appeared in seven games. He is currently a free agent.

Digby, a two-sport athlete at Robert Morris, pursued professional lacrosse instead of a career in the CFL. He is currently a member of the NLL’s Calgary Roughnecks.

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Montreal Alouettes

Round Pick Position Player Name College Grade
1 3 DB Mike Edem Calgary 4
1 5 RB Steven Lumbala Calgary 2
2 14 DL Hosam Shahin Rice 0
3 23 DL Jesse Joseph Connecticut 2
4 30 LB Nicolas Boulay Sherbrooke 3
4 32 DL Michael Klassen Calgary 2
5 41 OL Jake Piotrowski Guelph 2
6 47 OL Simon Legare Montreal 1
7 57 WR Damone Blackman Saint Mary’s 0

Edem had a spectacular rookie season in Montreal, recording 47 tackles, nine special teams tackles, five sacks, three interceptions, and three forced fumbles en route to being named an East Division all-star. Edem fell out of favour in Montreal, however, losing his starting spot and eventually being traded to Hamilton in exchange for a 2016 sixth round pick in October of 2015. He is now the starting safety in B.C. after joining the Lions as a free agent in February of 2016.

Lumbala recorded just nine career carries before retiring prior to the 2014 season to take a job in the oil and gas industry.

Joseph joined the Alouettes in 2015 after two devastating Achilles injuries and has since recorded 10 tackles, four special teams tackles, and one sack in thirty career games.

Boulay has spent the past four seasons in Montreal, recording 28 tackles, 51 special teams tackles, and one forced fumbles in 70 career games. He is under contract with Montreal through the 2018 campaign.

Klassen has recorded 48 tackles, five special teams tackles, eight sacks, and two forced fumbles in four seasons with Montreal. Like Boulay, Klassen signed a contract extension with Montreal during the 2016-2017 off-season.

Piotrowski has spent the past three seasons with Montreal, dressing for 49 contests and starting one. He is currently under contract with the Alouettes through 2017.

Legare spent part of the 2014 season on Montreal’s practice roster, but was released after training camp in 2015. He has since retired from professional football.

Blackman was released during the club’s training camp in 2013, while Shahin never signed a CFL contract.

Final Grades

Team Total Grade Average Grade per Pick Picks still with Team
1 Calgary Stampeders 17 2.43 2
2 B.C. Lions 14 2 2
3 Ottawa Redblacks 8 2 2
4 Montreal Alouettes 16 1.78 4
5 Saskatchewan Roughriders 10 1.43 3
6 Toronto Argonauts 8 1.6 1
7 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 12 1.5 2
8 Edmonton Eskimos 4 0.57 1
9 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1 0.17 0

As we can see, declaring a clear winner of the 2013 CFL draft is easier said than done.

Calgary’s selections scored the highest total and average grades of all nine CFL teams, though losing Brett Jones to the NFL and Brander Craighead to early retirement greatly diminishes the long-term quality of their class.

Montreal, meanwhile, has retained more of their selections than any other team (four), but none are regular starters. Ottawa has only kept two players from their 2013 draft class, though both are regulars in the starting line-up.

While declaring a winner(s) of the 2013 CFL draft may prove impossible, declaring the two losers is easy.

Edmonton has just one player to show for their draft class (special teamer Elie Ngoyi), while Winnipeg bears the unfortunate distinction as the only team with none. Both teams took a gamble on an NFL-caliber player early in the draft (Stefan Charles, Edmonton, tenth overall; Andy Mulumba, Winnipeg, second overall) and both selections backfired with Charles and Mulumba hashing out respectable NFL careers.

Winnipeg’s total draft grade (one) ties Montreal’s 2011 re-draft score for the lowest I’ve assigned since I began writing annual re-draft pieces two seasons ago. As the Alouettes have signed then-NFL players Philip Blake and Vaughn Martin to contracts since my piece was published in 2014, Montreal’s score would now stand at an eight (Blake, 4; Martin, 3).

Re-Draft

Knowing what we know now about player development, NFL opportunities, and injuries, here are how the first three rounds of the 2013 CFL draft may have looked.

Round 1, Pick 1: OL Nolan MacMillan, Iowa – Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Original draft: Round 1, Pick 9 – Ottawa Redblacks

MacMillan becomes the first overall pick in our re-draft for his athleticism, high football I.Q., and ability to play guard and tackle. The Tabbies have to wait a season to get the redshirt junior, but his ability to start right away after signing in 2014 makes him worth the one-year wait.

Round 1, Pick 2: OL Shane Bergman, Western – Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Original draft: Round 6, Pick 48 – Calgary Stampeders

The man they call “Big Berg” propels 46 spots to the second overall pick in our 2013 CFL re-draft. Winnipeg isn’t dissuaded by Bergman’s poor showing at the 2013 CFL combine, drafting him and his massive 6’7, 347-pound frame to provide some much-needed grit and youth to a lackluster offensive line.

Round 1, Pick 3: OL Hunter Steward, Liberty – Montreal Alouettes

Original draft: Round 1, Pick 6 – B.C. Lions

Steward had injury issues during his first two CFL seasons, but that’s not a problem for an Alouette team that often brings offensive linemen along slowly. Though Montreal appears primed to start two American tackles under Kavis Reed and Jacques Chapdelaine, Steward’s ability to play both guard and tackle is still a solid asset.

Round 1, Pick 4: DB Jermaine Gabriel, Bishop’s – Saskatchewan Roughriders

Original draft: Round 2, Pick 17 – Toronto Argonauts

Gabriel is the perfect fit for a Roughrider team that loses all-star safety Craig Butler in free agency to Hamilton in 2014. Replacing Butler with Gabriel allows Saskatchewan to maintain a Canadian spot in their secondary, freeing up an American to start elsewhere on the roster.

Round 1, Pick 5: LB Boseko Lokombo, Oregon – Montreal Alouettes

Original draft: Round 3, Pick 21 – B.C. Lions

Knowing that Lokombo will go unselected in the 2014 NFL draft, the Alouettes strike early to grab one of the most athletic players in the draft. Lokombo hasn’t yet reached his full potential in B.C., but it’s possible that time under Montreal defensive coordinator Noel Thorpe would allow the Oregon product to flourish.

Round 1, Pick 6: DB Mike Edem, Calgary – B.C. Lions

Original draft: Round 1, Pick 3 – Montreal Alouettes

Edem proved to be an effective starter with the Lions in 2016 after signing with the club as a free agent. With Hunter Steward already off the board, B.C. targets a hard-hitting safety to develop behind veteran starter J.R. LaRose.

Round 1, Pick 7: DL Connor Williams, Utah State – Calgary Stampeders

Original draft: Round 2, Pick 18 – Ottawa Redblacks

The Stampeders have an excellent rotation of Canadian defensive tackles that includes Junior Turner, Quinn Smith, and Derek Wiggan. Williams would make a fine addition to that crew.

Round 1, Pick 8: OL Brett Jones, Regina – Toronto Argonauts

Original draft: Round 2, Pick 16 – Calgary Stampeders

Jones’ departure to the NFL after just two CFL seasons greatly diminishes his re-draft value, but his all-star calibre play still makes him worth a first round pick. Selecting Jones would also potentially make the Argos a front-runner to re-sign the big man should he ever return north.

Round 1, Pick 9: DB Neil King – Ottawa Redblacks

Original draft: Round 5, Pick 43 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Ottawa was only eligible to draft redshirt juniors in the original 2013 CFL draft, but we’ll forget about that for the purposes of our re-draft. King, now the Eskimos’ starting safety, gives the Redblacks a solid special teamer who will quickly develop into a defensive starter.

Round 2, Pick 10: DL Michael Klassen, Calgary – Edmonton Eskimos

Original draft: Round 4, Pick 32 – Montreal Alouettes

An underrated interior lineman in Montreal, Klassen would make a solid addition to Edmonton’s rotation of national defensive tackles Ted Laurent, Don Oramasionwu, and Eddie Steele.

Round 2, Pick 11: LB Nicolas Boulay, Sherbrooke – Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Original draft: Round 4, Pick 30 – Montreal Alouettes

The Bombers use their second round pick on Boulay, quickly seeing him become one of their top special teamers. The Sherbrooke product serves as solid depth behind starting middle linebacker Henoc Muamba, possibly taking over for the former first overall pick following his departure for the NFL in February of 2014.

Round 2, Pick 12: OL Corey Watman, Eastern Michigan – B.C. Lions

Original draft: Round 1, Pick 4 – Saskatchewan Roughriders

Watman becomes a much-needed depth piece for the Lions at centre, a position that was in flux for a time in B.C. following the retirement of Angus Reid in March of 2014.

Round 2, Pick 13: OL Matt Sewell, McMaster – Calgary Stampeders

Original draft: Round 1, Pick 8 – Toronto Argonauts

Sewell never panned out in Toronto, but it’s possible that a change of scenery would have done the McMaster product well. It’s also possible that Sewell’s rights would have been traded to Toronto for the rights of fellow offensive tackle Dan Federkeil. Federkeil, a native of Medicine Hat, refused to play for a CFL team outside of Alberta. Sewell, a native of Milton, Ontario, refused to play for a CFL outside of southern Ontario.

Round 2, Pick 14: DB Michael Daly, McMaster – Montreal Alouettes

Original draft: Round 6, Pick 45 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Losing out on Mike Edem in the first round, the Alouettes take the best-available defensive back to serve as depth behind starter Marc-Olivier Broulliette.

Round 2, Pick 15: DL Ben D’Aguilar, McMaster – Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Original draft: Round 2, Pick 13 – Calgary Stampeders

The Ticats go local, grabbing one of the draft’s top special teamers from McMaster. D’Aguilar becomes valuable depth in 2016 when Hamilton trades with Saskatchewan for national defensive end Justin Capicciotti.

Round 2, Pick 16: DL Stefan Charles, Regina – Calgary Stampeders

Original draft: Round 2, Pick 10 – Edmonton Eskimos

The Stamps have been known to take chances on NFL-bound talent (Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, 2014; Tyler Varga, 2015), so Charles may be worth the gamble in the late-second round.

Round 2, Pick 17: DL Andy Mulumba, Eastern Michigan – Toronto Argonauts

Original draft: Round 1, Pick 2 – Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Toronto’s strong Canadian depth allows the club to take a flier on a player who, like Charles, would go on to spend three-plus seasons in the NFL.

Round 2, Pick 18: OL Matt Albright – Ottawa Redblacks

Original draft: Round 5, Pick 42 – B.C. Lions

Ottawa selected Albright in the CFL’s expansion draft in December of 2013, so this selection simply gets Albright, our re-draft’s best remaining offensive lineman, to Ottawa one season sooner.

Round 3, Pick 19: LB Carl-Olivier Prime, Wagner – Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Original draft: Round 3, Pick 19 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats

There’s no reason to change this pick. Prime was (and is) a great fit for the Tabbies who was selected at the perfect spot in the draft. Moving on.

Round 3, Pick 20: DL Linden Gaydosh, Calgary – Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Original draft: Round 1, Pick 1 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Gaydosh falls nineteen spots in our re-draft to the early-third round. Injuries have defined his career thus far, though it’s possible that now, at 25, he’d develop into the Bombers’ nose tackle of the future.

Round 3, Pick 21: OL Jake Piotrowski, Guelph – B.C. Lions

Original draft: Round 5, Pick 41 – Montreal Alouettes

Piotrowski may only have one start in four seasons with the Alouettes, but this is due in part to Montreal’s extensive depth along the offensive line. With an aging line in Vancouver that includes veterans Patrick Kabongo (retired 2013), Dean Valli (retired 2015), and Steve Myddelton (retired 2014), Piotrowski is likely able to make a greater impact out west.

Round 3, Pick 22: DL Elie Ngoyi, Bishop’s – Toronto Argonauts

Original draft: Round 6, Pick 51 – Edmonton Eskimos

Ngoyi’s production on special teams is enough to move him up to the third round of our re-draft. The fact that he plays defensive end — a position where Toronto often starts a Canadian — is a nice bonus.

Round 3, Pick 23: P Billy Pavlopoulos, UBC – Montreal Alouettes

Original draft: Round 7, Pick 54 – Winnipeg Blue Bombers

It may seem odd to promote a player who’s yet to appear in a regular season CFL game 31 spots in our re-draft, but Pavlopoulos posted a 43-yard punting average in the 2013 preseason. Considering how much Sean Whyte struggled as the Als’ punter in 2013 (41.8 yards per punt), Pavlopoulos could’ve been a worthwhile investment for a team that signed Burke Dales late in the season.

Round 3, Pick 24: DL Levi Steinhauer, Saskatchewan – Edmonton Eskimos

Original draft: Round 5, Pick 40 – Saskatchewan Roughriders

With special teams demon Elie Ngoyi off the board, Edmonton settles for the next best special teamer in the draft.

Round 3, Pick 25: RB Steven Lumbala, Calgary – Calgary Stampeders

Original draft: Round 1, Pick 5 – Montreal Alouettes

Lumbala’s production in Montreal was poor, but it’s possible that staying closer to home would have had a positive impact on his development.

Round 3, Pick 26: DL Brent Urban, Virginia – Edmonton Eskimos

Original draft: Round 2, Pick 15 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats

There’s no guarantee Urban ever comes north, but a late-third round pick isn’t too much to gamble. If he ever signs a CFL deal, Urban would be well-worth the wait.

Round 3, Pick 27: OL Cameron Thorn, Guelph – Ottawa Redblacks

Original draft: Round 7, Pick 58 – B.C. Lions

Thorn has developed into a solid depth offensive lineman after a productive career at Guelph at defensive tackle. The Redblacks select him as a potential future starter on the interior of their offensive line.

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John Hodge is a lifelong follower of the CFL who has been writing about the league since 2014. He is a two-time finalist of the Jon Gott lookalike contest.
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5 Comments on Grading, analyzing & re-selecting the 2013 CFL Draft

  1. Excellent research, article, and timing.

  2. Billinburlington // May 7, 2017 at 9:46 am //

    Interesting article. Really shows how the draft is in some cases a real shot in the dark

  3. mrnehnehincognito // May 7, 2017 at 10:08 am //

    Interesting idea and as a newer follower I have never seen this before. I enjoyed it. It should be noted however the success or lack there of may have as much to do with who drafted them as it does there own ability.
    Depending on how or where a team plays it’s Canadians can help determine whether you will ever get a chance to start. It’s possible a player like Jon Cornish may only have ever been a backup if he played on a team that was weaker in Canadians and didn’t have the options and flexibility Calgary had.
    In addition the stability/coaching staff of an organization can determine if a player will be able to learn and flourish.

  4. CO PRIME is rated a 2? A “2 = Special teamer and/or distant depth player” but you state he has not missed a game due to injury. He starts every game at FB for 3 years but hes just a special teamer or distant depth player….ok hodge

  5. Great read, and thoroughly researched.

    It would be interesting to see how Charles, Urban, and Mulumba would have fared in the CFL had they never gone to the NFL (and perhaps we’ll get a chance, but it may be a slim one at this point)

    Jones and Gaydosh were very strong at the combine (Gaydosh was particularly dominant in his 1-on-1s) but their careers are such a contrast — Jones delivering instant results and parlaying that into an NFL deal, Gaydosh got an NFL shot but after his return hasn’t lived up to his potential yet (despite the injuries).

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