Als GM Kavis Reed will consider trade offers for the No. 1 pick

Montreal Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed has not received a formal trade offer for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 CFL draft – yet.

“We will listen. There hasn’t been a lot of phone calls. We all talk and we all give scenarios but there has not been any offers for the No. 1 pick,” Reed said after the CFL combine in Winnipeg on Sunday.

Reed spent the weekend in the Manitoba capital honing in on players who could be in the running for the top overall selection on May 3. Over 50 highly regarded prospects were in Winnipeg.

“There are some guys that are definitely starting to move the needle. We have a month and a bit still to start chopping it up again and continuing to do background research, private workouts, exploratory information, still a lot of work left to be done to make that decision,” Reed said.

“Sometimes you get players that have already peaked out and their numbers and measurables say that they’re absolutely fantastic and everyone will say I understand that pick. But all too often we have to factor in what’s best for the Montreal Alouettes long-term.”

Ideally, if Montreal does indeed keep the choice, Reed wants the player to be pro-ready.

“The No. 1 overall pick has to be someone that we feel at some point during this season will contribute and year two, year three, year four we still have him on the roster and he’s only getting better and he’s replacing someone. We’re looking for someone that we project will replace someone and make us a younger more athletic football team,” Reed said.

However, being a starter from the jump would put too much pressure on a young pro athlete says Reed –especially with the expectations that come with being a top draft choice.

“No. 1 overall at some point in the season we would like to see that person play, we’re not looking for that person to start day one, that’s not fair to the kid because a lot of these kids haven’t played CFL football,” Reed said.

“A lot of these kids are going to have to get acclimated to the rules. If we draft someone in that genre we can’t say you’re a day one starter because we’re not trying to force that. We would like that person to be a contributor at some point in the season, but we’re not looking for him to be a day one starter.”

Reed has been on the road lately, travelling to Central Michigan and Bowling Green for the pro days of top Canadian prospects, most notably receiver Mark Chapman and offensive lineman Ryan Hunter.

“I don’t want to just be normal and practice what is traditional practice. As a general manager and a decision maker, it’s very important to get out, see people, how they interact with teammates, what people around the organization say about individuals,” Reed said.

“I have made it a mandate we are not going to sign guys for the most part that we don’t see, that we don’t put our eyes on. It’s very important for us to do that because phone interviews are easy or calling a coach is easy. But with this kind of responsibility, we have to do our due diligence.”

Chapman doubled down on impressing Reed. The Chippewas leading pass catcher in 2017 during his senior season with 59 receptions and 875 yards while reaching the end zone five times put on a show at the University of Winnipeg Sunday.

He had an extremely, extremely good pro day. We expected him to do well,” Reed said. “He’s polished as a route runner, confident in his hands, he tracks the ball exceptionally well, very explosive individual. He’s making a very strong case for himself. Everyone that we’ve spoken to – met his mom and dad – there’s just a tremendous pedigree there and tremendous young man. As he’s described himself an old spirit, the maturity is there.”

Chapman was uncoverable in one-on-ones and he knows bilingual skills could benefit him if he went to La Belle Province.

“I know they speak French there in Montreal, Quebec. I would like to go there and try to learn some French,” Chapman said. “To even be mentioned to go No. 1 in any type of professional sports it is surreal.”

Whether it’s Chapman, Hunter or another player the Als take at the top of the draft Montreal would like to have pen to paper before the selection is announced on TSN May 3.

“We have already spoken to agents of players that are potential No. 1 picks. Because of having the pick we can say where we think the landscape is going to be, what are the possibilities in terms of salary and contract structure for these players,” Reed said.

“Every one of the five guys right now, we’ll expand that list that we’ve targeted as a No. 1 guy, we’ve started to speak to the agents. We want to get a feel for what they’re thinking. You would ideally like to have that player signed right away, present it to our public. Sometimes that doesn’t happen, sometimes it doesn’t work, but we’re trying to make certain that’s the case.”

Signing in advance of the draft could benefit all parties Reed believes.

“Ideally for everyone’s sake because you want to make certain that you have the kid in working with the coaches right away to get acclimated to the pro game. You want the kid to have piece of mind that he’s going to be with his team right away. You want the staff to have piece of mind knowing that they have their guy right away,” the 45-year-old football executive said.

“That being the case, it is a business, it is a negotiation, we know that sometimes those things don’t go as planned. But we’re definitely not going to wait until draft day or a few days before draft day to start the negotiations those conversations are already being had.”

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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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36 Comments on Als GM Kavis Reed will consider trade offers for the No. 1 pick

  1. Barry McCawkiner // March 26, 2018 at 9:55 am //

    Why would anyone trade up to #1 with no consensus #1 pick? And to trade to 1, you’d have to be certain the player had no intentions of fizzling away in the NFL for 2-4 yrs before coming back here at 27-28yrs old… IMO, the CFL draft – just as good picking at 10 as you are at 1…. little difference, total crapshoot

    • you’re a smart man, with an even better name !

    • Not all teams need the same thing. There are 2 clear concensencous that were at the combine. Shepley and Chapman, Hunter and Knevell from the NCAA but not at combine are favourites but could be guys who make it to the NFL practice squads.

      I could easily see a number of teams wanting to move up for Shepley after his rock solid combine performance.

    • Tiger man // March 28, 2018 at 9:22 am //

      Exactly…and that’s why no one is calling….and why I haven’t watched the Canadian draft…as a fan it’s frustrating and anticlimactic…

  2. The number one pick is usually a Canadian NCAA lineman that ends up bouncing around the NFL for a few years.
    The other picks are usually “O” linemen that will be brought in as backups.
    The CFL needs to reduce the ratio………soon.
    The Canadian draft is a huge disappointment and as soon as they get rid of it or reduce it this draft becomes obsolete

    • The CFL reduces the ration it’s the death of the league. Not sure how many your going to post the same thing, but here you go again. Reduce the ration, salaries drop. Drop salaries, less good American players will have interest in playing long term in Canada. Less talented players means a poorer product.

      And, there is no difference in athletic ability between a good Canadian player and a good American player. The difference is the coaching through youth, high school, and college. The ratio gives teams an incentive to invest two or three years developing Canadian talent. Remove or reduce the ratio, remove the incentive and the quality of Canadian player drops.

      No one, except maybe you, has an interest in watching a league with second rate talent and no Canadians. That’s not the CFL now, but that’s your CFL without a ratio.

      As for your other point. of the last 19 drafts, half were ‘O’ line, the rest weren’t. Make it 20 years, and it’s 8 out of 20. That’s hardly “usually”.

    • The number one pick has *never* been a NCAA lineman who bounced around the NFL for a few years.

    • NEVER WILL THIS LEAGUE REDUCE ITS &^%% RATIO. STOP PUSHING THIS AMERICANIZATION OF OUR LEAGUE.

      IF YOU DON’T HAVE A BRAIN CELL TO SPARE…DON’T SHARE.

    • Green is the Color // March 29, 2018 at 5:57 pm //

      Flat out wrong.

  3. Agreed. Why would any team trade for that pick? Dumb move.

  4. RalphInTheCreek // March 26, 2018 at 10:44 am //

    The CFL should be worried about the Allwets and Kavis Reed.

  5. Unless Reed can get a top notch backup QB ready to be a starter from another team plus another #1 I would hang tight. The best draftable player will most likely go the NFL route first so there might be slim pickings for the absolute BEST player at #1.

  6. If a team had a specific need and they liked a certain player it might make sense to trade up to #1. Drafting #1 also gives you a chance to come to an agreement with your player ahead of the draft. That way you can avoid a St. John type holdout situation, and if the player won’t come to an agreement then you can move on to the next one. So it does give you certain advantages, but in a draft where a lot of guys could go #1 you wouldn’t want to pay a lot to move up. The Riders, for an example, could perhaps swap picks plus add in a young DE like Antigha and/or a multipurpose veteran player like Thigpen.

  7. After seeing Chapman live this weekend I agree he would be a great #1 pick. He’s got the goods and can likely start at some point in the season

  8. Reed is orchestrating the death of that franchise. It was well underway led by Andrew Wetenhall before he arrived but his lack of experience, connections and track record is precipitating the end of this football team at an incredible rate. There is zero room left to maneuver. All that can save that team is blind luck.

    • Popp is the Weasel // March 26, 2018 at 9:11 pm //

      Popp was a flipping incompetent GM and left the Als without Canadians, old guys paid through the roof and no QB developing behind AC.

  9. Edward Leslie // March 27, 2018 at 12:21 am //

    Would that be the SAME Jim Popp who lead the Alouettes to five Grey cup games, the Baltimore Stallions to two Grey cup games and lead Toronto to their Grey Cup win last November, in spite of little time to rebuild the team? That guy?? Yeah, sounds really incompetent!
    The Toronto Maple Leafs, with zero Stanley cups in the last 52 seasons sure could use someone as incompetent as that. LOL

  10. Jeez. Going into the 2018 season, still with no quarterback, and our GM’s idea of scouting and recruiting is holding a raffle for our #1 pick. The pick we got for being the worst &%$& team in the football universe.

    3-15’s going to look like a dream.

    Yup. Good times.

  11. Edward Leslie // March 27, 2018 at 3:55 am //

    Nostredummass: Just curious. What quarterback would you have Montreal acquire if you could?
    Reilly, Mitchell, Harris, Nichols, Jennings and Masoli aren’t available. Durant was a bust. Kaepernick’s not interested… yet anyway. Ricky Ray and Kevin Glenn are near the end of their careers. Lulay is a big injury question mark. Collaros was a bust for Hamilton and an expensive gamble for Saskatchewan. Franklin is a seldom used prospect.
    The only possible answer left is Brandon Bridge, who MIGHT become available if Collaros does really well in Saskatchewan and seizes the top job, but for now is likely unavailable too.
    Who’s left? Drew Tate? Too injury prone.
    Might as well see what Josh Freeman has to offer, before looking elsewhere.

  12. MJ Bandit // March 27, 2018 at 8:33 am //

    Little note to Nostredumass – the CFL already has “reduced it’s ratio” in the past – to where there are now more American than Canadian players on CFL rosters. That is just flat out wrong IMO, but it happened and the CFLPA did nothing to stop it.

    Get used to all sorts of “fans” calling for further reductions to the CFL ratio so that the mostly Americans who control personnel decisions in the league can bring in and hand playing time to more of their guys and have less Canadian players on their rosters. The ignorance and lack of respect for Canadian football talent as seen thru some comments in these type forums is sickening. As far as Als’ QB competition – too bad a clown like Reed never heard of Hugo Richard who played at Laval.

  13. habbernack // March 27, 2018 at 11:46 am //

    No offensive line I don’t care who’s at QB it won’t matter. Led the league in QB sacks against didn’t they.

  14. Answer: Al’s need Johnny Manziel.

    • NO! NO! NO! I’m tired of commentators trying to shove this alkie who pissed away his chance at moderately successful career as 4th string quarterback for a practice squad as an “option” for the Alouettes. He’s shown he can’t hack it as a pro football player & never took the job seriously. It’s bad enough 3Down’s writers have a serious hard-on for Johnny Nightclub that about half the articles on the main page are useless articles about him. Stop suggesting he’s a savior for any CFL team. He’s a media whore. Nothing more.

  15. Freelasagnahunter // March 27, 2018 at 6:13 pm //

    Has there ever been a GM who hasnt said hes willing to trade his number one pick?

  16. Edward Leslie // March 28, 2018 at 3:00 am //

    MJ Bandit: Its good to hear a voice in the wilderness, anong all these calls to make the CFL more American. Nostredummass clearly doesn’t want that either, but you’re right. The CFL at one point in time was ALL CANADIAN players. The ratio started as a ratio of Anericans allowed in. That number has steadily gone up. Its more than half now: 21 Nationals + 20 Internationals + 3 Quarterbacks of any nationality (code for AMERICAN). Most teams except Calgary and Saskatchewan have 23 imports and 21 Canadians on the game day roster. Quite often the two reserves are Americans too, which makes it 25-21. Then you have the 10 man Practice roster, which has a minimum of three Canadians. Now the roster of 56 is: 32-24, with just 7 mandated Canadian starters. Even thats not enough! They played with the rules for nationals so a guy like Alex Singleton, who is born and raised in the US is considered a National because his mother was born here! Each team now has one or two of these dubious “Canadians”. Next a player will be considered a Canadian if he can sing O Canada or likes Tim Hortons donuts! Don’t be fooled and take them out of the equation, and its 34-22! But some of these so called fans want to lower it even more.
    Ridiculous! Its time to INCREASE the number of CANADIANS in the CANADIAN Football League.

  17. MJ Bandit // March 28, 2018 at 12:18 pm //

    Edward Leslie – you and I are fairly rare types I fear – those who have respect for Canadian football talent – and at all positions – and would like to see it be the majority in the CANADIAN Football League.

    The CFL has been run by mostly Americans for decades now; I doubt this is going to change anytime soon either. Look for a further reduction in the number of “Nationals”, especially if a 10th team is established in Atlantic Canada. Too bad a lot of the dupes and suckers in the media who cover CFL football just blindly or dutifully accept whatever the league does, and won’t stand-up to the dim/myopic view of Canadian football talent that has been sold/ingrained into many. We will keep get to hearing pathetic cliches or loads of b$ about how Canadian “depth” or special teamers are oh so important to CFL teams success while most of them do their best to see only 7 Canadians get to play, and write-off NIs at certain positions that are reserved for Americans only. Keep fawning over Johnny Manziel while an all-star & Vanier winning QB from Canada like Hugo Richard gets zero mention as even a possibility for a CFL try-out at QB.

    What a joke – IMO.

  18. Edward Leslie // March 28, 2018 at 10:15 pm //

    MJ Bandit: I agree. The quarterbacks part is so frustrating to me, as a fan.
    Guys like Brad Sinopoli, Kyle Graves, Michael Faulds, Jordan Yantz, Eric Glavic, Marko Glavic, Billy Greene and many others never got a chance in the CFL, yet a parade of mediocre Americans were
    brought in and recycled. Detractors might feel that the top Canadian prospects weren’t the next Anthony Calvillo or Ricky Ray, but they had to better than Justin Goltz, Adrian Mcpherson, Logan Kilgore, Max Hall, Ryan Lindley,etc.

    • MJ Bandit // March 28, 2018 at 11:00 pm //

      Who does Ottawa or Edmonton or Winnipeg (paying big bucks for Durant after his horrid season last year) have as back-up / even 3rd string QB depth now? The Als are going to pin their hopes on an NFL wash-out with zero experience in the Canadian game, plus have that stiff Shiltz who got a shot last year still in the mix? Yet Hugo Richard gets zero mention or consideration to even compete in a CFL TC ??? Picton won’t get a real chance either.

      And Canadians like Desjardins, Sunderland & Walters are involved with running those teams ? Speaks volumes, IMO, about the deeply ingrained bias and attitudes in the CFL there.

  19. Edward Leslie // March 28, 2018 at 11:58 pm //

    Sunderland’s from nearby Montana, but I get your point. Brandon Bridge and Andrew Buckley got an opportunity, but who gave it to them? Americans Jim Popp, Chris Jones and John Hufnagel.
    Jordan Yantz won the Wally Buono trophy for being the top CJFL player. He later went to the University of Manitoba too, and excelled there too, but he couldn’t even get a Practice Roster spot with the Lions, in spite of them having no QB depth anyway.

  20. MJ Bandit // March 29, 2018 at 11:57 am //

    Yantz got a supposed try-out with the Bombers and got ZERO playing time in ex. games.

    I’d bet Dickenson has a lot more to do with Buckley getting a chance with the Stamps than Hufnagel; Buckley was playing right in their back-yard and somebody took notice – quite rare for the CFL.

  21. Again—Answer: Al’s need Johnny Manziel.

  22. Edward Leslie // March 29, 2018 at 10:32 pm //

    dkm: If Johnny Manziel is the answer, I must have missed the question.
    Seriously, I’d like to see him get a shot at the CFL too. He won a Heisman trophy and was a first round pick in the NFL. That cache trumps the viewpoints of the sceptics… myself included.
    I just don’t understand all the obsessio about him.
    This guy that Montreal DID sign, Josh Freeman, was a first round draft in the NFL too. He had a great career at Kansas State. Unlike Johnny Football, he had genuine success in the NFL. He was a three year starter with Tampa Bay, and set records there. Not bad!
    Its true that he’s been away from the game for a couple of years, but THAT’S WHY he was available cheaply to the CFL in the first place.
    Montreal fans should get excited about Josh Freeman. Maybe, just maybe, he’ll be the guy they have been looking for.

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