The post-combine 2018 CFL mock draft

With the 2018 CFL combine in the books, it’s time to take a look at which prospects may end up where and why.

Round One

1. Montreal Alouettes — REC Mark Chapman, Central Michigan

Montreal uses the first overall pick to select the most pro-ready national receiver the draft has seen in years. Capable of starting right away, there are some who feel Chapman would be a top-ten Canadian receiver (or even top five) in the CFL as a rookie.

2. Hamilton Tiger-Cats — DB Godrey Onyeka, Wilfrid Laurier

The Ticats add a national defensive back who closely resembles former second-round pick Courtney Stephen in frame (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) and ability to play safety, cornerback, and special teams. The Ticats need to add to the offensive line, but the club’s insane number of selections (five in the draft’s first 20) will allow them to address that need later on.

3. B.C. Lions — OL Dakoda Shepley, UBC

The Lions go local to select the top offensive lineman in the draft who is expected to be in the CFL next season (ie. a “now” player). Shepley has all the physical tools to be an excellent blocker up front and should contribute immediately for the league’s most offensive line-needy club.

4. Ottawa Redblacks — OL Ryan Hunter, Bowling Green

Ottawa grabs the draft’s first ‘futures’ pick in Hunter out of Bowling Green. Already employing ten Canadian offensive linemen, Ottawa will be able to wait and see how Hunter’s NFL opportunities play out before he comes north.

5. Saskatchewan Roughriders — REC Rashaun Simonise, Calgary

This is a match made in heaven. The Canadian Duron Carter joins the original Duron Carter in Riderville where his athleticism and natural ability will be most coveted.

6. Edmonton Eskimos — OL Trey Rutherford, UConn

The Esks use their existing depth along the offensive line to make a futures pick in Rutherford. He has the potential to play tackle at the CFL level, a fit for an Edmonton squad looking to start four (and possibly eventually five) Canadians up front.

7. Winnipeg Blue Bombers — OL Mark Korte, Alberta

A violent throwback offensive lineman with intangibles, Korte perfectly fits the Bombers’ mold. The most athletic lineman available in this year’s draft, Korte will be given time to continue developing his frame before one day entering the starting line-up.

8. Calgary Stampeders — OL Ryan Sceviour, Calgary

The Stamps go local to grab an underrated lineman with quicks and a pro-ready body. Calgary has had awful luck recently with Canadian hogs leaving the league due to NFL opportunities (Brett Jones) or health concerns (Brander Craighead, Karl Lavoie), so they understand how critical it is to continue building depth up front.

9. Toronto Argonauts — OL Andrew Pickett, Guelph

The Argos get one of the most pro-ready linemen available in this year’s draft, continuing to replenish the club’s impressive depth along the offensive line. Pickett projects as a CFL guard.

Round Two

10. Hamilton Tiger-Cats — REC Daniel Petermann, McMaster

The Ticats missed out on McMaster’s Danny Vandervoort one year ago and they won’t let another local pass catcher get away. Petermann is the fastest receiver available in this year’s draft class and the Tabbies are hungry for some national depth at receiver.

11. Hamilton Tiger-Cats — DL Julien Laurent, Georgia State

Hamilton adds the top interior defensive lineman in the class to a unit that already includes all-star Ted Laurent (no relation) and second-year man Justin Vaughn. Laurent is seen by many scouts as a starter in no more than one or two years down the road.

12. B.C. Lions — OL Peter Godber, Rice

Ed Hervey has a good relationship with player agent Johnathon Hardaway, meaning he may be more forgiving of Godber’s combine stunt than others. Talent-wise, this pick is a slam dunk for a Lions team that desperately needs to add to the offensive line.

13. Ottawa Redblacks — DB Jackson Bennett, Ottawa

Bennett brings his pro-ready frame (5’11, 212), speed, and quicks to an Ottawa team that is desperate for depth behind starting safety Antoine Pruneau. The fact that Bennett is an Ottawa product is just gravy.

14. Saskatchewan Roughriders — OL Darius Ciraco, Calgary

The Riders grab the best available offensive lineman to continue fleshing out their depth behind starters Brendon LaBatte, Dan Clark, and Peter Dyakowski, all of whom will be over thirty by the start of the regular season.

15. Hamilton Tiger-Cats — RB David Mackie, Western

A smooth pass-catching fullback, Mackie will contribute on offence with the Ticats after a season or two on special teams. Mackie is also an excellent long snapper, a role the Ticats need filled.

16. Winnipeg Blue Bombers — REC Marco Dubois, Laval

Dubois brings his tremendous frame (6’4, 217) to a team that is looking for depth after deciding to start two Canadian receivers this season. The Laval product will make his money out of the gate by contributing on special teams.

17. Calgary Stampeders — DB Isaiah Guzylak-Messam, Wilfrid Laurier

Guzylak-Messam will play special teams in the CFL right away while also providing depth behind new starting safety Tunde Adeleke. The sky’s the limit for the ultra-athletic Guzylak-Messam who some feel has the potential to one day play field-side cornerback.

18. Toronto Argonauts — DB Jordan Beaulieu, Western

The Argos add some much-needed depth at defensive back behind oft-injured safety Jermaine Gabriel and an aging Matt Black. There are some scouts who feel Beaulieu is worth a first-round pick.

Round Three

19. Montreal Alouettes — DL Bo Banner, Central Washington

Montreal gets the player who is generally considered to be the best pass rusher in the draft in the American-born Banner. There are some concerns about his slight frame (6-foot-3, 225 pounds), but he’ll contribute on special teams immediately and fill in behind starting defensive end Jamaal Westerman.

20. Hamilton Tiger-Cats — OL Arnaud Gendron-Dumouchel, Montreal

You can’t teach size and Gendron-Dumouchel has that in spades (6-foot-9, 310 pounds). He lacks polish at the moment, but with above-average athleticism for a big man, the Tabbies will be able to bring him along slowly.

21. B.C. Lions — LB Mickael Cote, Concordia

The Leos get the best linebacker available in the draft’s weakest position group. Cote moves well for his frame (6’3, 225) and should bring some explosiveness to the Lions’ special teams units.

22. Ottawa Redblacks — DL Brett Wade, Calgary

Wade joins free agent additions Michael Klassen and Daryl Waud in Ottawa where the trio will hope to fill the void left by Zach Evans. Wade doesn’t have the highest ceiling — he’s already in his mid-twenties — but should be able to contribute right away.

23. Montreal Alouettes — DL Mathieu Breton, Bishop’s

A physical specimen at 6-foot-8, 275 pounds, Breton will likely be moved to the offensive side of the ball after draft day. Switching positions takes time, but a player with Breton’s frame and athleticism is worth developing over the long haul.

24. Toronto Argonauts — OL David Knevel, Nebraska

Arguably the best player available in this year’s draft falls into the third round as a futures pick. Knevel has the potential to play an exterior spot at the CFL level and could be the heir apparent to Argos’ right tackle Chris Van Zeyl.

25. Calgary Stampeders — LB Micah Teitz, Calgary

An athletic local product with a solid frame (6’2, 229), Teitz immediately makes an impact on the Stampeders’ special teams units.

26. Winnipeg Blue Bombers — OL Justin Lawrence, Alberta

The Bombers already got Lawrence’s teammate in Mark Korte, so why not double-dip? Lawrence solidifies Winnipeg’s depth along the offensive line for a club that is looking to increase the number of Canadians they start in the trenches.

John Hodge

John Hodge

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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63 Comments on The post-combine 2018 CFL mock draft

  1. Hahaha…Rutherford can not play tackle! There isn’t a Canadian in the league that is a top tier Tackle! Trey played guard most of his career at UCONN!

  2. Bo Banner will definitely go higher than #19. I predict the ticats grab him at 10 or 11

  3. Would love to see the Cat’s trade Manziel’s rights to Montreal for number 1 overall and take Chapman. He’s the perfect replacement for Fantuz

  4. I’d love to see the Stamps draft a home town Olineman. Either way , oline is the way to go for Calgary.
    Yes Simonise would be perfect for the Chris Jones Riders. A problematic guy who will further the controversy surrounding this team. Questions, are there enough microphones and bandwidth on Twitter to handle both him and Carter?

    • Make that call.

    • greenenvy? // March 30, 2018 at 12:31 pm //

      Have to stock up on cookies.

    • B.C. Dave // March 30, 2018 at 2:01 pm //

      DOn’t miss a single opportunity do you Wing Nut? The REAL question is, are there enough platforms available for you to turn into a Rider bashing platform. Gotta give you credit though…You, a lone nut bar, by yourself, have made made hate the Riders less and the Stampeders. Keep on mouthing off loser vuz the effect you are having is the reverse. I can see what the Jones/Riders are doing without your freakin play-by-play but you have only shed more light on the Stampeder fan quality. The decent Stamp fans must hate you more than the rest of for you ae an embarrassment to the fans and the club. I am surprised they don’t make you an honorary QB in a pre-season and on the first passing play, the O-linemem stop aside. Actually they don’t really need to step aside, do they? LOL.

      • Ridersnhabs // March 30, 2018 at 5:07 pm //

        Well said bc Dave . I picture him as this weird creepy little gnome gleefully one handed typing next to his stockpile of red bull and Cheetos.
        Wing nut at the docs , doc my penis is all orange . Well have you been doing anything different . Nope same as always posting on 3downnation and eating Cheetos.

      • Wingback // March 30, 2018 at 6:04 pm //

        You are a rider fan

  5. Rick Cowan // March 30, 2018 at 11:55 am //

    I still don’t know why all these reporters think the Riders will take a receiver first I think they are going to to take Laurent or a defensive back first they already have lots of national talent

    • CFL family // March 30, 2018 at 11:57 am //

      I don’t see a lot of national talent on the riders past the starting 7

      • greenenvy? // March 30, 2018 at 12:40 pm //

        Agree. They have lots of bodies – talent is another thing altogether. Harty is good but they’re still looking at starting Bagg. Sorry but he was bad last year. Said it before but when you win the Kenny Shaw award (receivers who don’t break one tackle all year) & at his age, you’re done. Too bad. Bagg’s one of the nice ones & underrated over his career. There’s also talk of starting 2 Nationals at receiver. The talent isn’t there. Behind Bagg & the departed Demski, Bailey had 5 targets, Stanford 1 all year. Bailey is in his 5th year & 3rd team. Harty & Bagg – that’s it for experience. They need some more guys there.

        • MJ Bandit // March 30, 2018 at 1:15 pm //

          I’d have to disagree there – both about Bagg being done, and the Riders Canadian receiver depth; both Bailey (big target and deep threat ability) and perhaps Picton (good college ball production + athletic tester) have very good potential (citing a receiver’s targets when he barely sees the field is totally misleading unless you explain further – a mediocre stiff (IMO) like Bkhari Grant – couldn’t stick with the Ticats or Stamps – got tons of targets last year – and lots of receivers could put up numbers if they get lots of passes thrown their way). Jake Harty is more a possession receiver and a good special teams guy. Stanford has some potential maybe too – had a very good season in NCAA ball and has some wheels. I’d have pretty well zero concern if the Riders went with starting 2 of any above mentioned NIs, and any of them could be as good as a total average to mediocre like Grant. Just IMO.

          • greenenvy? // March 30, 2018 at 1:32 pm //

            My only comment about Bailey is he was a 1st round draft choice, eventually let go by Edm as he couldn’t play ST’s. Has the size Jones wants but Jones had him in Edmonton, didn’t use him much & had him all last year – same story. He’s in his 5th year. When he got traded to the Als, Bailey said it was a new lease on life but was let go there before landing with Riders. He’s in his 5th year so he either has to do something this year or forget about it. Potential left a long time ago. He hasn’t impressed in 4 years.

          • Wingback // March 30, 2018 at 6:01 pm //

            Potential is one thing, turning that into production is another

          • MJ Bandit // March 31, 2018 at 12:09 pm //

            I guess you missed the real nice TD grab Bailey made from Bridge last season; he was only targeted 6 times and caught 5.

            If you’d rather see Jones trot out a mediocre retread like Bkhari Grant and have him targeted 100+ times with all sorts of drops or whiffs, then fair enough, good for you. If you want to defend every single thing your hero Jones does, like he’s some inscrutable football genius (as some dupes seem to believe), then good for you too.

        • MJ Bandit // March 30, 2018 at 2:22 pm //

          Bailey certainly impressed me when he caught a 70 some yard TB bomb from James Franklin vs. the Argos a couple of seasons back; he also made a real nice grab TD reception last season from Bridge last season. I’m stuck with going by what i see on the playing field. If you want to conclude he’s not “good enough” cause he isn’t playing much on a team which pre-determines there will be only 1 starting Canadian in their 5 pack, then fair enough I guess. Bailey has size and large catching radius – I think he could be a good one & starter based on what he has shown in limited CFL action thus far.

          • greenenvy? // March 31, 2018 at 11:51 am //

            Sure he impressed with that one catch. He was wide open down the left sideline as I recall. Not surprising no one was covering him. I can find a lot of guys who have a play or two & not much else. As a Rider fan you may remember Terence Nunn. Great todo about him one pre-season & then nothing. What I see on the playing field is a guy who got into 3 games & was targeted 5 times. There is a reason Jones, despite his size & the 70 yard bomb, doesn’t dress him. He’s not good enough. He’s a 4 year veteran on his 3rd team, twice now on Jones’ team. Now of course, he just may be the real deal but Jones is too stupid to see that. Is that what you’re saying MJ? Maybe slip Chris a clip of that 70 yard bomb & see if he’s as impressed as you are. It’s ONE play. As Shania says, “That don’t impress me much”. As the seasons go by he actually appears in LESS games.

    • My nickname for Hodge for the last year has been Half-a** Hodge, because while some of his analysis is quite good, half of it is completely out to lunch, like he just mailed it in. Probably the last position we would draft for in the first round is receiver. We only start one Canadian receiver, and we have Bagg, Bailey, Harty, and Picton, and we just let Demski walk essentially because we have no room for another receiver. And probably the last position we would draft for in the second round is an interior OL, given that we have Bladek, JSJ, Zver and a couple of other guys waiting in the wings. Again we traded away Guy last year to the talent starved Stamps because we had more young depth than we could accommodate.

      • BTW, I agree that S, DT, and maybe an OT if the right guy fell to us at #5 is where we’d look with our first round pick. With the second round pick I think S and DT would also be priorities, but if the right guy falls sometimes you have to pick the BPA and sort it out from there.

        • MJ Bandit // March 30, 2018 at 9:30 pm //

          I’d bet the Riders would take Julien Laurent if still available when they pick first – could be a good back-up rotation guy right away to team with Evans at DT at a pencilled-in NI position – but i guess they still have Steele too to do that job

          . I wonder if Jones might be tempted to pick Godfrey Onyeka early too – as a safety project – he seems to like tall / “athlete” types, and I wonder if he has faith in either of Edem or Hecht as a starting safety – which might be one of the 7 only NI spots there ?

          And a lot of CFL teams can maybe wait till the 2nd thru mid rounds to get a decent O-line prospect this draft – aside from the top 5 or 6 guys there who might go 1st round, there are still 7 or more pretty good O-line prospects up – including some sleeper types who have not been mentioned by any of the “draft gurus” who get to write about the CFL in publications.

          • We’re thinking along the same lines. We have Steele and Henry to back-up Evans, but adding Laurent could give us enough depth to go with two Canadian DTs, which could allow us to go with an all American LB corps. the one big unknown for me there is that Laurent came to the combine much lighter than he was in college, and he missed a number of events, and his stock post combine seems to have dropped a fair bit. I’m not sure what’s going on there but there could be enough red flags to keep us away. But if we still like him he would make all the sense in the world at #5. If not, however, Godfrey Onyeka would be a great option too. I haven’t heard that MOB isn’t coming back, but even if he is he’s 32, as is Hecht, and Edem is a great athlete, special teamer and situational guy but not a full time starter, so adding a good young prospect there makes all the sense in the world as well. And if we do take Laurent or another position in the first there may be some good S prospects available when we pick in the second round too, like Bennett, Guzylak-Messam, Beaulieu, and maybe a couple of others. So I think we’ve got some good options who will likely be available around where we pick.

        • MJ Bandit // March 30, 2018 at 10:47 pm //

          But the Riders have that big import DT James who impressed last season, and i bet they are hoping he will progress to a solid starter? = i highly doubt Jones goes with 2 starting NI DTs. More likely their 7 only NIs are 3 at O-line + one receiver + Mesaam at RB (with some subbing of an import back while an extra NI goes in at receiver)? = 5 on offence, And then 2 basically on D – Evans and a back-up at DT; plus whoever at safety ? I doubt Hurl will be the starting MLB as some Riderfans fear, but he might play on D in some packages ?

          • I doubt that we’re going to see a set starting 7 NIs next year. I’m REALLY hoping that James makes the team. He blew crap up when he was in there, but I think part of that was that he’s 6’5″ 320 to 330 and he’s just overpowering guys, but I don’t think he can be an every down player at that size, so we’d have to make him a DI. So maybe Hurl and him would come in on certain plays, and then Steele and Taylor Mays could rotate in for them. Francis played in certain situations last year and he could be in the mix as well, and Cameron Judge is a great athlete who could be in the mix as well. On offence I think Messam will rotate in some way with Richardson and Marshall, and that will give us flexibility as well. How it will all work out is hard to predict at this point, but we’ve got options, that’s for sure.

          • Just to add to the complexity, Jones likes to rush 3 guys sometimes, so we could also sometimes go to a 3-4 with Evans in the middle and a Canadian LB, or even a 3-4 with James in the middle and two Canadian LBs. I doubt that we’d see that one very often, but it’s another change we could throw in from time to time.

          • greenenvy? // March 31, 2018 at 12:26 pm //

            James played 3 games, 7 tackles no sacks. He’s too big at that size for the Canadian game just like Butcher was. If James impresses you & he’s your starter off those figures, let me say this. The 4th string DT in Edmonton, Moore, played 5 games, 2 sacks, 2 tackles for loss 6 pressures & 19 Defensive plays. Let’s not get too carried away with James. Very small sample. Based on what I’ve seen I don’t see him as “the guy” next to Evans.

  6. Six out of the 9 first rounders are “O” linemen.
    Oneyka the DB is the 2nd pick by the Ticats and will likely be a backup safety.
    Chapman is a NCAA receiver so he could eventually start in the Canadian slotback position, the Als need him.
    Larauent the DL out of the NCAA has a good chance of making the Ticats as a backup DL and may start in the future.
    The rest of the CIS pics are destined to be special teams or backups.
    But overall the Canadian draft like every other year is overhyped with most of these guys never playing. Teams will likely replace last years draft picks with this years draft picks.
    The CFL has to wake up and reduce the Canadian ratio, stop relying on this draft and teams can sign more talented NCAA and ex-NFLers.

    • Continue to develop Canadian talent, there was a time when there were few American options in the NHL draft.

      • I don’t get your point? The NHL let the free market for talent rule….no quotas needed. Jeff makes a fair point. Not to mention….do you really consider Chapman “Canadian” for anything other than football purpose?
        Seem like odd mental contortions and cognitive dissonance to me? Let the best players play…..the clubs themselves are Canadian for goodness sake?

    • Steve J. // March 31, 2018 at 5:12 pm //

      Jeff, go watch the NFL if you want to see Americans play. I love the Canadian game, and a number of my friends played in the CFL. I would rather see a higher Canadian ratio as the league helps to develop young local talent. Please don’t start in with the argument that the US has a higher talent level. So what? The CFL and NFL are apples to oranges. Same basic structure but with lots of interesting variations. I can’t even watch NFL football anymore. It is so overhyped, over coached and over analyzed. To listen to the announcers, you would think the players are curing cancer on every play. I’m a Canadian, and the CFL is my league.

  7. Doug Mc Clintock // March 30, 2018 at 12:23 pm //

    Guys please tell me in this modern game the name of each player’s position
    on the Canadian 12 man defense and offence team. It has changed somewhat through the years ! When I played back in the 1940’s we had a flying wing, not any more as the game evolves ! Back then some players would play both ways and even the coach played. Ancient eh ?

    • Wingback // March 30, 2018 at 1:01 pm //

      I imagine there were far more players in the offensive back field in the 1940’s than there are today.
      You have 2 offensive tackles, 2 guards and 1 center.
      Past that you typically have 2 outside receivers and 3 inside receivers (slotbacks). 1 running back and a Quarterback who is pretty well a throwing running back himself as he typically lines up on the same horizontal plane (shotgun formation)
      For defense it depends.. typical is the 4-3 defense 2 defensive tackles, 2 defensive ends. Past that a middle linebacker and weak side linebacker are common as are 2 corners and a safety. Past that is can vary some but there will 2 inside defensive backs and a strongside linebacker who often plays like another defensive back.

  8. greenenvy? // March 30, 2018 at 12:28 pm //

    More likely Esks take Korte. They traded for Rottier, drafted Beard, both from U of A. Dan Ralph, their Cdn scout, likely goes that route 1st though Sunderland has final say. Well known Als wanted to trade up to get Behar last year so I agree they go for a receiver in Chapman UNLESS TiCats hold out for #1 to send Manziel to Als. Seeing as how Manziel might end up here now, Als may be desperate enough to go for that. Not like it hasn’t happened before with Adams. If Popp did it, Reed certainly could.

  9. greenenvy? // March 30, 2018 at 1:37 pm //

    Roger that. Esks should have learned after trading Tsoumpas for John Comiskey. Huf took them to the shed on that one.

  10. MJ Bandit // March 30, 2018 at 1:43 pm //

    Gotta love how many times your typical CFL commentator trots out “depth” when referring to young Canadian players and CFL rosters. The good ole cliches of the CFL. ;o)

  11. MJ Bandit // March 30, 2018 at 1:53 pm //

    Very doubtful Laurent falls to the 2nd round this draft IMO.

    I’ll bet Godber is a first rounder now after his bench # and other testing #s that make him the most “athletic” of the O-Linemen in this crop. That plus he’s a multi-year starter in NCAA ball and probably unlikely to get much NFL interest (?)
    Have to disagree on Cote being the best linebacker this draft – Teitz and J-G Poulin much more proven & experienced in college ball play.

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see the Bombers draft Dubois – a bench warmer receiver at Laval but maybe a “speical athlete” and good special teams / “depth” (LOL) guy though. The Bombers seem to have no clue about or use for Canadian receiver talent, but maybe Demski emerges there for them.

  12. B.C. Dave // March 30, 2018 at 2:07 pm //

    MJ. I thought same thing about Godber (lol. auto correct wanted to change to Goober).
    Only thing that I think may change that is if he climbs in NFL rankings as teams will want to avoid another Danny Watkins / Brett Boyko scenario.

    • MJ Bandit // March 30, 2018 at 4:59 pm //

      But the Lions are historic leaders in drafting guys who end up sticking in or bouncing around the NFL – Rob Meier, OJ Atogwe, Danny Watkins, Greg Lotysz; didn’t they draft Ian Beckles and Tony Mandrich way back too? Ed can keep up the tradition maybe ? ;o)

  13. Rick cowan // March 30, 2018 at 3:00 pm //

    I don’t think Godber will go high because he has the same agent as St John and Henoc Mumba and everyone knows what he is like to deal with I think the Riders may draft Korte

    • Rick. No one will take Gober because he is a lock to get an NFL look. Whether he makes the team or not he will make more bouncing around a couple of NFL teams than he will be offered in the CFL. Sad but true. If some CFL team takes him they will be waiting until the 2020 season or later.

    • B.C. Dave // March 31, 2018 at 3:22 am //

      So why did so many teams go to his pro day? Because so many attended, I think he will go early too.

  14. Jose Perez // March 30, 2018 at 3:58 pm //

    I don’t think Lions will pick a olineman I believe Ed likes US olineman. Bigger bodies more physical. I think he’ll either pick LB or WR.

    • MJ Bandit // March 30, 2018 at 5:42 pm //

      Matt O’Donnell – 6-11, 350 – is the biggest O-lineman in the CFL; he’s a Canadian who played at Queens; just FYI.

      • B.C. Dave // March 31, 2018 at 3:27 am //

        Hunter Steward and David Foucault are also very big boys. I believe we will take an O-Lineman with both of our first two picks. I agree with our first 3 picks as long as Godber is not gone by the time get to our second round pick.

        • greenenvy? // March 31, 2018 at 12:35 pm //

          Rebuilding the OL was a priority for Hervey & I agree with the class this year he could go for 2 the first 2 rounds. I wouldn’t put it past Hervey taking a flyer on Godber in round 2 if he’s available. Remember he took Colquhoun & Tevaun Smith in 2016 rounds 1 &2 though everyone knew they were heading south. Colquhoun is now starting at CB for the Esks & was very good when in there last year – one reason they never went after Ojo. He wasn’t going to replace National Colquhoun & on the other corner on the 2015 West all-Stars opposite Ojo was Adams. Also Hervey gets along quite well with Godber’s agent apparently.

  15. Rrider20 // March 30, 2018 at 4:54 pm //

    i highly doubt the riders take simonise with the 5th pick.. i have a feeling it will be a linebacker or a dlineman.. not totally sure but about 85 percent sure, considering the nationals they have employed now..

  16. John Stevens // March 30, 2018 at 7:16 pm //

    David Mackie is a good Full back and can help, but there are better long snappers. I like the Kid from Kent State he can sling the ball

  17. Rick Cowan // March 30, 2018 at 9:22 pm //

    If Onyeka the defensive back is available at 5 I think you will see the Rider’s draft him and maybe His brother at 14 or an offensive lineman with that pick

  18. CFL draft is like many other pro drafts. Some guys go high in 1st and 2nd rounds and are out of the league in 3 years and some diamond in the roughs go in later rounds and end up being solid career guys. No exact science as they say and a real roll of the dice with a lot of these guys.

  19. All of best Canadian players in this draft will be either late draft picks or signed a free agents .The players will sign cause they want to play in best league NFL and even if they make minimum they will still make 80000 more than most Canada in Football veterans make and added bonus there in the big league not the Childerns Football league

    • B.C. Dave // March 31, 2018 at 2:38 pm //

      Hey buddy, if you want to post under different handles and hope no one notices, the LEAST you should do is learn to spell lol. So childish but too funny. Like really kid, who do you think you are fooling? Not any of us. Maybe yourself if you think we are not on to you. Now go finish your homework.

    • Steve J. // March 31, 2018 at 9:17 pm //

      You can always tell the guys who never played the game by their stupid comments. It’s not always just about the money. It’s a dream for a lot of Canadian kids to play win the CFL. People like you just dream about where their next doughnut is coming from.

  20. There is no way Korte slides past the Esk at #6 and most likely the Riders take him at #5. The Riders gave up 44 sacks last year and the Als 46, both go o-line in the first round Hunter, Shepley and Korte go #1, #3 and #5 leaving one of Simonise, Chapman and Onyeka for the Esks after the other two are slotted in at #2 and #4.

    If the Esks get Simonise then they will deal Nate Behar to the Ti-Cats for the #11 or #15 pick to take either Jackson Bennett or Darius Ciraco in the 2nd round.

    Also have a feeling with all the quality, if not top end, o-linemen in this draft the Esks could pickup Curtis Krahn out of Calgary or Ben Koczwara from Waterloo … even OT David Brown or OG Peter Godber in the 4th round.

  21. MJ Bandit // March 31, 2018 at 6:05 pm //

    No way Godber lasts till the 4th round; and David Brown is probably the most under-rated or under the radar guy this draft – CIS 1st team all-star OT and a force on that Vanier winning O-line; he was ranked #20 on the last CFL Scouting Bureau list, but i have heard zero mention as to why he was not at the CFL Combine ??? – injured in the Vanier and unable to participate?; or maybe he told the CFL he has no interest in turning pro ? Same deal with Acadia OT Kieler Cherry (2 time AUS all-star) who was #17 on the CFL’s initial Scouting Bureau ranking this year ???

    I’m not so sure either that the Esks would rate Korte the top O-linemen they could get in the first round; and they already have last year’s 2nd rounder J-S Roy or Jacob Ruby + Mason Woods, acquired from the Argos, to compete with Beard or whoever for a starting interior O-line job.
    48 If they really like Jackson Bennett – they may have to use their 1st rounder to get him.

    • The Esk will rank Korte as a top 5 1st rounder, you can book that and there are three reasons:
      1) Former Eskies lineman turned Golden Bears HC Chris Morris. He advocated for David Beard who was not on anyone’s draft board in 2015 and now is the starting LG for the Eskies. Morris is advocating for Korte and the Esks are listening
      2.) Esks continue to transition their o-line started in 2017 towards a younger 4-national-oline and that process progresses through 2018 and finalizes in 2019. Rottier will most likely be another casualty of the process now that Beard has ascended to a starter. C Roy and RT Ruby will be the next to ascend to starter roles by the start of 2019. This means Woods and one other will be needed for a 2 to 3-year development process required to become a starter. In two years, Woods will be 25-years-old and O’Donnell 31-years-old with O’Donnell in his last year of his current contract. In the interim Woods can back up O’Donnell and on other national, but not all four.
      3.) Mark Korte is extremely versatile playing both OT and OG, much like everyone the Esks seem to sign or draft making Korte a very good fit. I would be shocked if central scouting doesn’t have Korte in the top 9 in the final rankings and most teams will have him in the top 6. With Beard having reps at Centre he can play all three o-line positions and can backup Roy once he ascends to be the starter. This means they need to back fill if he is needed at centre and that is Korte who is a nasty run blocker and would make a great LG.
      The likely evolution of the Esks O-Line:
      2018: LT Kelly – LG Beard – C Sorensen – RG O’Donnell – RT Palmer
      (Korte (PR) – Roy – Woods (PR) – Ruby)
      2019: LT Palmer – LG Beard – C Roy – RG O’Donnell – RT Ruby
      (Korte – Woods)
      2020: LT Palmer/Korte – LG Beard – C Roy – RG O’Donnell/Woods – RT Ruby
      (Korte/Palmer– Woods/O’Donnell)
      As far a o-linemen sliding to the 4th round, there is a shortage of players at every position, but o-line in the is draft. Teams will be drafting by need in the 2nd and 3rd round and that means linemen will slide down as this happens.

  22. greenenvy? // April 1, 2018 at 1:19 am //

    Agree with most of your comments. Beard had never played OL until U of A. Prinsen also was big fan of his & very versatile, great athlete. Roy is natural Ctr & will be starter there in next year or 2. Ruby thrown in too early & struggled with Als but was 6th on depth chart end of last year. Should be ready for RT spot sooner than later. Why wouldn’t Esks keep Kelly beyond 2018? He’s played LT before & obviously slides over this year. I didn’t think Palmer was all that good last year but nobody was in BC. Absolutely right about Korte. Esks take him if he’s still around. Interesting thought on dealing Behar to Hamilton. Als wanted him BAD last year so could see him going there if they don’t draft a receiver in round 1. But Hamilton needs to replace Fantuz soon so that makes sense too. Good points.

    • Kelly’s M.O. has been test the NFL, then sign with CFL … then test the NFL again and sign with the CFL. Signed with Kansas City Chiefs in 2014 and then the Ottawa Redblacks for two years in 2014-2015.

      Went to camp with the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 and bounced between Chicago, San Fran and Jacksonville practice rosters, then was released in 2017. Signed a 1-year contract with the Edmonton Eskimos in May 2017 and then extended for 1 more year in December 2017 thru to end of 2018. At 29-years-old it is highly probable that he wants one more shot down south knowing the Eskies will keep the door open for him.

      With Sundy it is easy to see that he likes to hedge his bets. He originally brought Kelly in hedge against the bet that Figueroa would look down south for an opportunity. Some considered Figueroa the Esks best lineman last season, but because Kelly was brought in and extended, when Figueroa couldn’t get a deal down south the Esks didn’t pursue. Palmer is the same move to hedge against Kelly’s look down south. Maybe Kelly doesn’t look for an NFL gig or maybe he does, but Palmer fills the void if needed or can simply be a backup in 2019. No matter what it is smart by Sundy, because he creates depth, competition and gives the Eskies the upper hand in negotiations.

      D’anthony Batiste was to be the Esks RT going into 2018 and it seemed obvious that this move was to start the season but allow for Ruby to take over most likely during the mid-season 6 game segment of the season. If Ruby / Woods fail then Batiste could be reasserted into the lineup, but with Batiste off to be the Raiders strength and condition coach making Palmer was more an emergency move. Palmer did get 4 games with Tampa Bay in 2016, which is 4 more game cheques than Kelly has received in the NFL. Not sure why you say Palmer wasn’t very good in B.C., but I would agree the entire Lions o-line was brutal last year. If Palmer doesn’t work out that will simply speed up the move to Ruby to be the starting RT. However O’Donnell does make whoever plays RT better especially on the run.

      As you point out Palmer is a risk and if Kelly takes his shot down south and Palmer fails to impress Sundy will hedge again and that is … wait for it … drafting LT Mark Korte and going to a 5-national o-line … could be David Brown but needs to be an OT. Ultimately the Esks would want Korte to have 2-3 years to evolve along with Woods and it would not be optimum to rush him in to service, but it does make most sense for the Eskies to go OT or SB, with a TE bend in the first round. If the Esks go Rashaun Simonise then the Esks have to be sure that they can trade Nate Behar to Hamilton for one of their 2nd rounders and take the OT in the 2nd round.

  23. MJ Bandit // April 1, 2018 at 12:29 pm //

    The Esks might think of moving O’Donnell to OT with Ruby as back-up instead of assuming imports only can play the position.

    Beard was not that good and struggled some last season IMO; he might improve but he also might get beat out by Roy or Woods, or maybe even Rottier can re-gain a starter guard job if O’Donnell played OT.

    I hope they are not drafting Korte 1st round just because he is from U of A? – fine if he grades out best O-lineman available, but there are a number from this crop who might grade out better – pretty well all of them have a much stronger bench # and are bigger than Korte.

    • MJ, agreed O’Donnell could and has played RT (Cincinnati Bengals) well enough to be the starting RT for the Esks. However, if you watch the Esks closely they tend to run right at the B gap with O’Donnell pinning the DT or DE. Moving Woods into the RG spot would be messing with something that is working well and I would bet neither Mike Gibson nor C.J. Gable would be in favor of this.

      Let’s keep in mind that coming out of combine last year the book on Woods was he needs work on his footwork after being beat on the 1-on-1’s. While I suspect the he gets reps at RG much like Jacob Ruby did last year, Woods is simply not ready to start in 2018, but more likely in 2019.

      Also keep in mind that Jacob Ruby played as a backup RG last year and was the starting RT for the Richmond Spiders. From what I saw, having just re-watched the Western Final, Ruby did very well when in at RG in that game. To me Ruby seems more ready than Woods and the need is greater at RT.

      For his first year as a starter Beard was reasonably decent and he certainly was an upgrade over Danny Groulx who was a bust. Now I am an Eskies fan and I really wanted Groulx to do well, but his bad back just failed him and because of it he was more of a turnstile than a guard. I doubt Rottier could start more than 8 games without being injured again, which is too bad because when healthy he was all-star worthy. Yet Rottier has been signed as a hedge to Beard, which says something. One thing to keep in mind is young players need game reps and I think the Esks give Beard another six games to evolve.

      Roy has already beat out Beard as the backup centre, but to be fair he is a natural centre and Beard is not. Long story short Roy is being groomed to take over for Sorensen, so I doubt he takes over for Beard. Also lacking reps there is no guarantee that Roy is an upgrade over Beard. If Roy is pegged at Centre behind Sorensen, O’Donnell a key at RG, Woods needs more development at RG and Ruby is a natural RT then that means the Esks need to draft Korte to develop at LG/LT over the next couple of years. Until then I suspect Beard will be given every opportunity to assist Sorensen block the opposing NT.

    • Oh, forgot I suspect that Korte grades out as a top 9 pick by central scouting not because of where he played ball, but because what he did at the Shrine Bowl, Combine and Pro Day. He did all of that, because he is athletic and he was well trained by a good coach in Chris Morris a former 1st round CFL pick as a lineman.

  24. INsideCFL // April 6, 2018 at 5:37 am //

    CANADIAN O Linemen are like Gold to play the ratio game, and are paid on the 2nd or 3rd level after Starting QB’s.

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