Riders first round pick LB Cameron Judge appears destined for CFL

Saskatchewan’s second overall selection in the 2017 CFL draft, linebacker Cameron Judge attended Texans rookie mini-camp from May 12-14 and did not receive a contract offer from Houston.

That means negotiations between the Riders and Judge could begin shortly. Especially with 90 man rosters in the NFL full and teams focusing on cuts rather than bringing in new talent, it would seem like Judge might likely be more focused on playing in the CFL rather than holding out hope for a last-minute NFL contract.

Last year Saskatchewan’s first round – No. 1 overall – pick, offensive lineman Josiah St. John and the Roughriders went through a lengthy contract dispute that latest until late June. For the Riders’ sake, hopefully, a similar situation doesn’t play out again.

Judge was a late add to the 2017 CFL pick-fest, officially notified on April 18.

He played in 47 games for UCLA over his Bruins career recording 46 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, two passes defended, one forced fumble and one interception while being a special teams captain and ace.

At UCLA’s pro day the 22-year-old measured six-foot-one and weighed 220-pounds then performed well running a 4.50 40-yard time, 6.69 3-cone, 10-foot, one-inch broad jump, 36.5-inch vertical leap and 19 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Those testing numbers clearly indicate Judge oozes athleticism.

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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.
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50 Comments on Riders first round pick LB Cameron Judge appears destined for CFL

  1. Jim Sutherland // May 17, 2017 at 1:41 pm //

    After weighing all the evidence, Judge should make the smart verdict in this case and head directly to Riders TC.

  2. Good for the Riders. Winnipeg has already set the standard for #1 picks, so Judge @ #2 should have a good idea what he’s getting. I suspect Jones has learned from last year. I guess we’ll see.

  3. Antlerman // May 17, 2017 at 1:55 pm //

    Good to hear for Riderfans and with the new contract of Edem looking better for Canadian content in Sask .

  4. mrnehnehincognito // May 17, 2017 at 2:23 pm //

    Jones is lucky because he desperately needs this signing. He should make an impact on special teams. Lets hope this isn’t another JSJ fiasco or a future slap in the face like Labatte and clark.

    • So Mr. Trump we meet again. By the fiasco I assume you are discussing Williams and yes it was a bust. Just like most other teams when it comes to the CFL draft, most picks including first rounders don’t pan out. I’m sure you read the article the did the previous years grading of each team in their draft……….
      Anyway my big question is what you mean by the Labatte and Clark slap in the face. I know I’m gonna shake my head for asking, but it’s been a bad day and I need a good laugh.

      • mrnehnehincognito // May 17, 2017 at 3:04 pm //

        Both Labatte and Clark were asked to take pay cuts. Consider Labatte just signed a contract extension last August. That’s the slap in the face

        • Labatte missed basically the entire season with an injury that many didn’t think he would return from. I’m a big fan of Labatte but he is going into his 10th season and now in his 30s. I understand enough to know that we don’t know enough to judge salaries so if that is a slap in the face I hear the smacking echo all over the country.

          • mrnehnehincognito // May 17, 2017 at 4:03 pm //

            much louder in Regina than most places/ All fair points on Labatte, bit why sign him then

          • The good news on Labatte tho was that it was not a concussion for Brendan which is great for him and the team. It was a bruised nerve in his neck and he is expected to be 100% recovered from it.

        • Ladd Law // May 17, 2017 at 5:53 pm //

          You know this why? You and Jones personal friends now. He’s calling you to discuss each and every move? As for face slapping . . that’s a different conversation.

          • mrnehnehincognito // May 17, 2017 at 7:56 pm //

            Bitterness Bitterness. let go of the anger. let out a shout Ladd Law. One day this nightmare will end. When it does and Jones has burnt it to the ground you can begin the long rebuild

  5. Scottsask // May 17, 2017 at 2:30 pm //

    Looking forward to seeing him in the green and white.

  6. Scottsask // May 17, 2017 at 2:34 pm //

    Mike Eden just signed through 2018. Things are starting to take shape. Riders are in a much better position ratio wise than they were last year, hopefully Judge can add to that.

  7. wow, what a difference a year makes, the riders can start 9-10 canadians if all goes well.1 safety, 1-2 linebackers, 1-2 defensive linemen, 3-4 offensive linemen, 1-2 receivers and maybe 1 running back, talk about going from the outhouse to the penthouse!

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 17, 2017 at 3:16 pm //

      Unlikely Mr Curling. Probably start 7. If you start 10 what happens if 4 get injured? You’d ave to find at least one more at that point

  8. Scottsask // May 17, 2017 at 2:35 pm //

    Mike Edem that is, stupid auto correct.

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 17, 2017 at 3:06 pm //

      Eden is more appropriate. You are in the the garden of Eden and Jones is the snake tempting you all to eat the green apple

  9. mrnehnehincognito // May 17, 2017 at 3:17 pm //

    Is Edem on this team this time next year? Who wants to make a bet?

  10. my point was that we now have serviceable backups at 10 canadian positions while last year we committed $400,000 plus to Best and Labatte and when they went down big trouble ensued. We have spread the pie and if Meredith/Guy/or Bladek can play tackle(they all have the size) then we will be in great shape

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 17, 2017 at 4:07 pm //

      So is it time to plan the Grey Cup parade Mr Curling?
      With your vast knowledge and vast coffers it should be quite a parade. Perhaps a large gold covered float at the end with Mr Curling perched hi above in a gold throne. Close enough that the people can see him a bask in his greatness but not close enough that anyone can touch you.

  11. greenrider89 // May 17, 2017 at 8:21 pm //

    Hey, 3down. Just wondering if you plan to spew out something positive on the Riders for a change? Apparently, your nemesis, TSN and (egadz) sportsnet, are reporting the Riders have signed Mike Edem to a contract extension. Get with it, 3down!!!

  12. greenrider89 // May 17, 2017 at 8:24 pm //

    I guess what the B.C. Lions failed to do is get a solid Canadian safety to sign with the club. Way to go Chris on a great signing. Kudos to the Riders!!!

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 17, 2017 at 8:50 pm //

      No BC is choosing to change there ratio positions that’s the reason for this not an inability to get one signed

  13. greenrider89 // May 17, 2017 at 8:29 pm //

    By the way, Saskatchewan has sure increased Canadian content in the past year. A good testament to Chris Jones recognizing the need of solid Canadian players for the Riders’ organization. Not everything is bad in Riderland.

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 17, 2017 at 8:52 pm //

      maybe still think some of his Canadian spots are ill conceived

      • greenrider89 // May 19, 2017 at 9:09 pm //

        Just wondering why there isn’t at least one ‘interesting’ story regarding the Stamps. But at least we have you on the Rider site (someone to pick on) where all the ‘action’ is. You have to imagine how ‘dull’ it would be Mr. Incognito without the Roughriders around. Oh, well.

  14. New stadium , impressive fan base , cash in the bank , decent signings . Looks respectable for this western group , even gaining ground with US sports networks .
    I will be following these guys .

    Still not sure why I read so much criticism and dislike from a certain poster that claims everything he preaches is the truth.
    Moderator , you should take a serious look st this fella .
    Keep the professionalism in 3downnation !

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 17, 2017 at 9:59 pm //

      are you sure there’s money in the bank?

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 17, 2017 at 10:19 pm //

      they are only gaining ground with US sports networks for 1 reason..Vince Young. Its temporary. Any team would have that attention with a signing like that. Look at Argo at Argos in 1991 when they signed Rocket Ismail

    • Just ignore him. I actually get a kick out of reading his comments. Once you put them in perspective as comedy (good or bad, take your pick) it’s actually funny. He’s like the annoying brother just trying to get everyones goat with nothing valuable to say.

  15. Mr Cognito you have captured the essence of Mr Curling! Mr Curling loves the gold float! with Bullion taped on with duct Tape-the masses will see it but not be able to touch it! Actually, Jones et al are securing key Canadians at a few positions, I’m hoping for a couple wins fairly soon in the new Mosaic, not cueing the Grey Cup Music just yet

  16. Antlerman // May 18, 2017 at 12:36 am //

    I am with you it takes time to build a championship .organization .with the mess that CHris took on it will take awhile

  17. Judge could be the best of the top 10 1st round picks. His versatility is off the charts and should be a solid contributor to the Riders from the get go.

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 18, 2017 at 9:05 am //

      wishful thinking . Look for Randy Colling to be the best like Singleton was last year

  18. The mess that Chris Jones took on was -133 in pt differential in 2015 & ended up as -180 in 2016, not what I call an improvement. Math is hard. Yes he won 5 games, a gain of 2 wins, but they finished further out of the playoffs in 2016 than in 2015. In other words if our goal is making the playoffs, we’re not getting any closer. So believe in Jones if you must but what are you looking at? As for all the starters, look where they came from – backups from other teams mostly. If they have career seasons, maybe. I’m not holding my breath. Where’s the proof? Talk is cheap.

    • Ya so stop your bitching and let the proof be on the field. You sound like one the always negative Rider fans who mirrors the comments of the haters just because you like to.

  19. antlerman // May 18, 2017 at 2:37 am //

    Are you really stampy

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 18, 2017 at 9:03 am //

      nope . can you not handle the fact there’s more than 1 Jones critic on here?

  20. I believe its the Stampeders – seriously you guys – lol

  21. Saftey- Brouillette, (Edem)
    Linebacker- Muamba, (Judge, Francis)
    D-line Steele, Mrabure (Brown, Gaydosh, Makana)
    Oline- Labatte, Clark, St. John (Meredith, Guy, Bladek)
    Reciever- Bagg (Demski, Picton)
    Running Back- Lafrance (Milton, Morris)

    Looks to me the Riders can start 8 quality Canadians with good insurance policies at all the positions in case of injury. Could be 9 if they choose to go with LaFrance over an import at running back. Canadian depth is the most important thing in building CFL rosters and Jones has done a tremendous job improving that area of the team.

    • Hey Trevor. Not sure they will go with 3 on the O line or 2 on the D line, but it is an option for when they need it. Also I would look at Judge as a Strong side LB instead of middle. Actually by mid season I expect he will at least be a solid backup there.

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 18, 2017 at 1:53 pm //

      hallelujah!!!!! The riders problems were all solved just like that!!! Get Real

      • Just go away and let the grown ups talk.

        • Ya I agree bout Judge Kevin, heck he has even played safety. He could probably fill in at many positions in a pinch. Our linebackers should be great. Getting Eguavoen back will help alot too. Remember he beat out Jeff Knox Jr coming out of camp last season before he got hurt.

          • I’m all with you there and I remember being confused about him getting the starting job over Knox, and then I saw him play. I can’t wait to see what he brings this year.

    • greenrider89 // May 19, 2017 at 9:05 pm //

      Don’t forget about D-lineman Eddie Steele from the Eskimos. Personally, I like the Canadian talent the Riders have accumulated. Funny how these naysayers continue to harp with a flute (Oh, well).

  22. Scottsask // May 19, 2017 at 9:06 pm //

    Trevor, you forgot about Steele at D tackle.

    • ya ya i had him down under d line guys. im wondering if jones is thinking about moving edem or brouillete to linebacker to replace foster. they are the same size, edem is even a little bigger. Would allow us to start two canadian linebackers. Idk just a thought

  23. Scottsask // May 19, 2017 at 9:09 pm //

    Getting deeper by the day! Gooooooo Riders!!!

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