Every pick in the 2018 CFL Draft, graded

I graded every selection made in Thursday evening’s CFL draft for the 3DownNation draft live blog. Below are the grades for each pick arranged by team. Check out the link for a scouting note on each individual selection.

B.C. Lions

1 (3) OL Peter Godber, Rice — B+

1 (7) DL Julien Laurent, Georgia State — B+

2 (16) RB David Mackie, Western — B+

3 (21) OL David Knevel, Nebraska — A-

4 (34) DB Isaiah Guzylak-Messam, Wilfred Laurier — A

6 (47) DL Rashari Henry, Wilfred Laurier — C+

7 (54) REC William Watson, UBC — B

Calgary Stampeders

1 (8) OL Ryan Sceviour, Calgary — B+

2 (17) LB Eric Mezzalira, McMaster — C+

3 (25) DB Royce Metchie, Guelph — B

4 (28) OL David Brown, Western — C+

5 (39) OL Justin Lawrence, Alberta — A

5 (42) DB Dagogo Maxwell, UBC — C+

6 (50) RB Atlee Simon, Regina — A-

7 (59) K Gabriel Ferraro, Guelph — B

8 (68) LB Boston Rowe, Calgary — B-

Edmonton Eskimos

2 (10) DB Godrey Onyeka, Wilfred Laurier — A

3 (24) DB Jordan Beaulieu, Western — A-

4 (32) RB Tanner Green, Concordia — C+

5 (40) OL Curtis Krahn, Calgary — C+

6 (48) RB Alex Taylor, Western — B-

7 (53) REC Harry McMaster, Western — C+

7 (57) DL Gabriel Bagnell, Acadia — B

8 (65) RB Blair Zerr, Humboldt State — B-

Saskatchewan Roughriders

1 (5) OL Dakoda Shepley, UBC — D

2 (14) LB Micah Teitz, Calgary — B-

5 (36) DL Mathieu Breton, Bishop’s — B-

6 (45) DL Tresor Buama-Mafuta, Saint Mary’s — C+

8 (63) OL Christopher Smith, York — B+

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

2 (12) REC Rashaun Simonise, Calgary — C+

3 (26) REC Daniel Petermann, McMaster — A-

4 (33) OL Arnaud Gendron-Dumouchel — A-

5 (41) REC Tyrone Pierre, Laval — C+

6 (49) OL Matthew Ouellet De Carlo, Bishop’s — C+

7 (58) DB Jacob Firlotte, Queen’s — B

8 (67) OL Ben Koczwara, Waterloo — B-

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

1 (1) REC Mark Chapman, Central Michigan — A

1 (6) OL Darius Ciraco, Calgary — B

2 (11) DB Jackson Bennett, Ottawa — A

2 (15) DL Brett Wade, Calgary — C-

4 (31) REC Marcus Davis, UBC — B-

5 (37) REC Justin Buren, Simon Fraser — B

6 (44) LB Michael Moore, Queen’s — B-

8 (62) DL Joel Van Pelt, Calgary — C+

8 (66) DB Nicholas Parisotti, Guelph — C+

Toronto Argonauts

1 (9) OL Ryan Hunter, Bowling Green — C

2 (18) LB Nelkas Kwemo, Queen’s — D

3 (20) REC Regis Cibasu, Montreal — B

5 (35) RB Simon Gingras-Gagnon, Laval — B-

5 (43) LB Sam Harrington, Michigan State — D

7 (60) LB Mathieu Loiselle, Wagner College — C+

8 (69) LS Kain Anzovino, Kent State — B

Ottawa Redblacks

1 (4) OL Mark Korte, Alberta — B+

2 (13) REC Marco Dubois, Laval — C+

3 (22) OL Andrew Pickett, Guelph — A

4 (29) DL Kene Onyeka, Carleton — C

4 (30) LB Mickael Cote, Concordia — B-

7 (55) DB Justin Howell, Carleton — B-

8 (64) OL Jacob Czaja, St. Francis Xavier — B-

Montreal Alouettes

1 (2) OL Trey Rutherford, UConn — A

3 (19) DL Bo Banner, Central Washington — B+

3 (23) LB Jean-Gabriel Poulin, Western — B-

4 (27) OL K.C. Bakker, Carleton — D

5 (38) RB Ryder Stone, Dartmouth — B-

6 (46) LB Paul Kozachuk, Toronto — B-

6 (51) REC Etienne Moisan, Laval — C+

7 (52) LB Khadim Mbaye, Ottawa — B-

7 (56) REC Richmond Nketiah, Waterloo — C+

8 (61) DB Lekan Idowu, Windsor — B

John Hodge

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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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38 Comments on Every pick in the 2018 CFL Draft, graded

  1. No rationale, no analysis?
    I know the draft just finished but a paragraph on each team summarizing your scores or overall thoughts would have been useful.

    • If you look at the link to the live draft blog, he did it there as the picks were happening.

      It would be a lot to compile here in such a short time.

    • Click the link for a blurb on each player. I’ll be ranking the nine draft classes in the next 24 hours.

    • Jack in Hamilton // May 4, 2018 at 9:28 am //

      This is one of the worst write ups ive seen on this site since it started, and that is saying something. Grading Shepley a D when anyone who knows anything about the Jets knows his chances of sticking in New York are slim and none.

      Whats 3DN’s rationale? Lets get some nobody to grade picks who’s obviously biased towards his own team.

      • Billy Clubb // May 4, 2018 at 11:05 am //

        Just for the record, You are also a nobody that posts on the internet. People actually read his stuff.

  2. lol
    way to go riders. You have the worst grade of any draft pick, and it was your first 1!

    • greenenvy? // May 4, 2018 at 1:44 am //

      Have to agree it was a head scratcher, Red. Riders dearly needed immediate OL help & they take Shepley who got big cash so likely is down south for a while. You have only 5 draft picks, none in round 3 & 4 and you select a “future” at #5??? LB was another obvious weakness so he got it right in round 2 – the best of a weak class. As stated during the draft, all the LB’s were terrible in the one on ones at the combine. But they desperately need help there so at least Jones got Teitz as he was unlikely around when Riders had their next pick in round 5. I like what BC did & Kavis surprised me. Hervey got 3 of the top 8 ranked prospects & 5 of the top 20. Good job.

      • Phil Miller // May 4, 2018 at 6:34 am //

        Sorry… which immediate O-Line help did you mean available at number 5. I am curious to know, because you may be the next Canadian O-Line Talent Guru, if you are correct. I doubt it though.

        • greenenvy? // May 4, 2018 at 9:14 am //

          When you get cash, Phil, there’s a good chance you’ll stick around for a while in the US. Really good chance you won’t be in camp. There was a slew of good OL available, a record # picked in round 1. You only have to look at Ottawa’s success with picking at OL in the past to see you can get a starter right away. You’re going to see which guys are in camp real soon. Shepley won’t be one of them. Don’t need to be a genius to figure it out.

          • Phil Miller // May 4, 2018 at 4:25 pm //

            The Riders were not in a position to draft an O-Lineman in the first round who would be in camp in May. If it was to be an O-Lineman, they needed to take the flyer for the best and roster him later in the season.

    • Riders // May 4, 2018 at 8:41 am //

      Depends who you talk to. TSN raved about the Riders picks. They hyped everyone except the fat dude you guys picked.

      • Mr Red // May 4, 2018 at 9:01 am //

        SO suddenly TSN is the top authority for CFL football I suppose

        • Riders // May 4, 2018 at 9:53 am //

          This is what Forde and Naylor do. Man you are clueless

        • Greengo // May 4, 2018 at 10:51 am //

          No red, John Hodge is the top authority for CFL of course, even though this is the first time I’ve ever heard of him. Those TSN bums who get paid to look at this stuff every day, what do they know? Pathetic you are, riders you hate.

        • Duececoupe // May 4, 2018 at 3:23 pm //

          Ok you have to start thinking before you post . Read your previous posts then post that way you don’t look so silly .
          You read what hodge wrote and you accepted it as gospel and laughed at the riders picks , yet when TSN raved about the riders choices you doubted their ability . What makes hodge the expert over the guys from TSN ? This among many other things is why you have no credibility at all .
          You really do seem to pride yourself on you football knowledge but your hate of the riders clouds your judgement. I’m thinking it’s because in the playoffs the stamps have only beat the riders once in the last 7 meetings and it just eats away at you .

      • thethinman // May 4, 2018 at 9:42 am //

        Just the Rider picks? Or everybody?

  3. MR. Green // May 4, 2018 at 2:55 am //

    Only 4 weeks ago Shepley was said to be a CFL guarantee, posted, by 3 down nation. Thier prognosis is off quite often.
    Proves things change and these grades are never accurate. They gave the Hunter pick a C and he an Shepley are in the same boat. Both first rounders.
    These could be wasted firt picks, but we won’t know for a few years where a draft is at. Look at redrafts posted years later in every league. The “so called experts” are wrong by a mile more than right. And I am FYI, am correct more than many of these chumps.

    • greenenvy? // May 4, 2018 at 9:27 am //

      I don’t know about his ratings but availability is one thing to consider, need another. Argos are in much better shape on OL than Riders. The rating makes sense 2, more likely 3 of your starters will change this year. So rolling the dice is not necessarily ideal, especially when you only have 3 picks after the 1st 2 & those are not till round 5. A very risky pick.

  4. Obvious the ratings for some of these guys WAS NOT based on ABILITY. If a guy was ON THE WAY to a NFL CAMP he was automatically DOWN RATED for that reason only.

  5. I like the Shepley pick. If he makes the NFL great and if not he’s ours. It’s a crapshoot in drafts and Jones is always aggressive.

  6. Yeah, I think it’s best to give Hodge a quick F on his ratings system and move on. These lists are interesting, however. What on earth is Winnipeg thinking? So they sign Demski to a big contract to allow them to start two Canadians, Demski and one of Coates or Wolitarsky, and then the draft both Simonise and Petermann! Maybe they’re concerned about whether Demski can stay healthy? Maybe they plan to cut Dressler and go with three Canadians?

    • Mr Red // May 4, 2018 at 9:06 am //

      There is a direct correlation between Hodge’s rating of rider picks and riders rating of Hodge’s grades. Interesting how that works

    • Pumper // May 4, 2018 at 3:08 pm //

      Coates is out with a broken foot, and won’t be available for camp. That’s why they took so many receivers.

  7. Al’s won this draft no doubt with Bomben trade and first 3 selections. Miles Gorrell impact starts to show already. If they can find in Shiltz a QB for the future I think Kavis Reed may proves us all wrong.

  8. Jack in Hamilton // May 4, 2018 at 9:23 am //

    What qualifications does John Hodge having grading picks? If this site wants credibility, get unbiased contributors who actually know something about football

    • Cat Fan // May 4, 2018 at 9:32 am //

      Until there are enough qualified writers willing to contribute – I far prefer having something to read/comment on versus TSN’s commentary and nothing else.

      Remind me again what other site is dedicated to football with CFL as the overwhelming main topic?

      • Dunk would have been a better choice to do this, but Hodge’s biggest problems is his ridiculous, over the top, bias against the Riders. He lowers himself to the level of our trolls when he talks about the Riders, doing little more than launching streams of nonsense out of his butt. “The Riders desperately need a receiver!” Ah, no. “The Riders desperately need Canadian help!” Ah, no. When someone’s biases are so overpowering that it reduces them to little more than blathering nonsense, it greatly lowers the quality of the end product.

        • greenenvy? // May 4, 2018 at 10:13 am //

          Take a look at the “live” feed comments. Dunk & Edwards did comment on top 10. On Shepley, Dunk says “risky pick”, Edwards says Jones likes “risky picks…..has yet to pay off”. Even your hugely biased Rod Pederson (look it up) rates the last 5 drafts as bad, including the 2 by Jones. Nothing different this year.

      • Pumper // May 4, 2018 at 3:12 pm //

        John knows his football, and does a ton of research.

      • Wideout // May 6, 2018 at 2:18 pm //

        UUhhh, CFL.ca Maybe.

  9. Greengo // May 4, 2018 at 10:59 am //

    There are no sure things in a draft, especially the CFL draft, all picks are “risky”, I like the Shelley pick, he’s a beast and if he sticks in the NFL good for him. If he doesn’t stick then the riders get a potentially dominant player.

  10. White Horse // May 4, 2018 at 11:34 am //

    Like Farhan said…the U of C was the big winner. 5 picked in first 17. Only Laval did so in 2005. This says alot about the Dinos football program and Wayne Harris Jr Head Coach. Looks like the Dinos will be rebuilding in 2018 but some eligible players could return for another year. I like the Stamps pick in Sceivour O/Lineman.

  11. Hahaha. Shepley is ugly and weak! Nice pick!

  12. Team Road Rash just nabbed Roy Finch in the Betty Ford lunch time flag football expansion draft. What an eyesore

    • thethinman // May 4, 2018 at 1:55 pm //

      Jones already scouted the league. Two can’t miss prospects on their way to camp.

  13. Huff's Neighbor // May 4, 2018 at 5:36 pm //

    John, stop. You don’t know football and your analysis is as biased as if someone paid you to write it.

  14. lol what are these rating’s even based on? A real reporter would have put some more work into it.

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