All nine CFL draft classes, ranked

Last night I graded every selection made in the 2018 CFL draft and I’ve used that information to rank the nine draft classes. One can’t fairly assess any draft until years down the road, so these rankings are to be taken with a grain of salt.

Still, for now, here is how I would rank each team following the selections they made on Thursday evening.

1. B.C. Lions

Ed Hervey nailed his first draft with the Lions. Armed with two first-round picks, B.C. addressed both sides of the line of scrimmage early by drafting Rice’s Peter Godber and Georgia State’s Julien Laurent. Godber could be a day-one starter at guard, while Laurent is the undisputed number-one defensive tackle in this year’s draft class.

David Mackie is a great add at fullback, while David Knevel — once the consensus top prospects in this year’s draft — was a great value selection at 21st overall. My favourite selection of B.C.’s was Wilfred Laurier defensive back Isaiah Guzylak-Messam at 34th overall — he’s long, fast, and versatile.

The bill for this year’s draft class will come due next May — the Lions gave up their 2019 first-round pick in Wednesday’s trade with Winnipeg — but, for now, the Lions have to be happy with their haul.

2. Hamilton Tiger-Cats

The Ticats paid a heavy price to acquire the first overall pick in this year’s draft, but they came away with an impressive group of selections.

Mark Chapman is the most polished national receiving prospect to come along in years and he’s expected to contribute immediately in June Jones’ run-and-shoot offence. Darius Ciraco, though not a probable day-one starter, should develop nicely into a starting role at either centre or guard.

One of Thursday’s best value selections came when the Ticats drafted Ottawa defensive back Jackson Bennett early in the second round. Bennett, who was rumoured to be in play as high as fourth overall, is a tremendous athlete with the potential to slot in at safety, cornerback or even strong-side linebacker. Simon Fraser receiver Justin Buren was also a nice value pick in the fifth round.

3. Montreal Alouettes

Trey Rutherford is an excellent addition to Montreal’s aging offensive line. Given that he is currently without an NFL opportunity, the Alouettes should be able to get Rutherford under contract quickly and have him contribute immediately as the club’s sixth offensive lineman.

Central Washington’s Bo Banner, the draft’s top pass rusher, fills a depth need behind free agent addition Jamaal Westerman, while Western’s Jean-Gabriel Poulin, Dartmouth’s Ryder Stone, and Toronto’s Paul Kozachuk should play key depth roles in Montreal this season.

One thing that hurts the Alouette’s draft class is the lack of an impact receiver, a position of need for a club that may choose to start national George Johnson at field-side wide receiver.

4. Calgary Stampeders

Local boy Ryan Sceviour was a great first-round pick for a team that lost two talented Canadian offensive linemen to retirement this off-season (centre Pierre Lavertu and tackle Dan Federkeil). Sceviour won’t need long before he’s ready to contribute as the club’s sixth offensive lineman or potentially as a starter.

While I didn’t love the club’s selection of McMaster linebacker Eric Mezzalira in the second round, I thought the late-round additions of Alberta offensive lineman Justin Lawrence and Regina running back Atlee Simon were shrewd. I see Lawrence as a future starter at centre, while Simon is a smooth-running ball carrier and receiver.

Western offensive lineman David Brown could make an impact if he returns to health from a torn ACL, while Gabriel Ferraro — the only kicker selected on Thursday evening — will provide some competition for Rob Maver and Rene Parades in training camp.

5. Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Bombers used the 2018 CFL draft to overhaul their national talent at the receiver position. Rashaun Simonise is a polarizing figure — he was arguably the most naturally gifted athlete available on Thursday evening, but some question his character. Winnipeg will look to veterans Weston Dressler and Adarius Bowman to keep Simonise focused on becoming the best receiver that he can be.

McMaster’s Daniel Petermann, a player the Bombers strongly considered in the second round, was a nice value pick at the end of the third round, while Montreal offensive lineman Arnaud Gendron-Dumouchel could be a steal in the fourth.

Laval receiver Tyrone Pierre and Queen’s defensive back Jacob Firlotte are nice depth additions who will look to make the club by contributing on special teams.

6. Ottawa Redblacks

Selecting Alberta’s Mark Korte, the draft’s most athletic offensive lineman, at fourth overall was a shrewd move by Ottawa, a team that has now drafted an offensive lineman in the first round of four consecutive drafts.

I felt the Redblacks selected Laval receiver Marco Dubois a little bit too high at thirteen, but he’ll make an immediate contribution on special teams. One of my top picks of the night came in the third round when Ottawa landed Guelph’s Andrew Pickett, a player I’m sure they were surprised to still find available at 22nd overall.

Concordia linebacker Mickael Cote makes for a nice depth selection, while Carleton defensive end Kene Onyeka will forgo the CFL to return to school for his final year of USports eligibility in 2019.

7. Edmonton Eskimos

Edmonton made an excellent selection at tenth overall in Wilfrid Laurier defensive back Godfrey Onyeka. He has the potential to slot in at field-side cornerback, safety or weak-side linebacker, all of which are national positions in Edmonton’s starting line-up.

Jordan Beaulieu was also a great pick at 24th overall. A rangy safety out of Western, some scouts see Beaulieu as a CFL starter in the not-too-distant future. Acadia’s Gabriel Bagnell could be a quality depth piece, while Western’s Alex Taylor may get a look at running back.

What hurts Edmonton’s draft class is the lack of a first or second-tier offensive lineman. The Esks have a lot of talented hogs under contract, but, for a team that would like to start four or five Canadians on the line, adding a player like David Knevel or Andrew Pickett would have improved the overall quality of this draft class.

8. Toronto Argonauts

The Argos got the best player available in Thursday’s draft when they used the ninth overall pick to select Ryan Hunter out of Bowling Green. The issue is that Hunter, currently a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, may never take a snap in the CFL. There’s nothing wrong with drafting a ‘futures’ player, but ninth overall is pretty early to do so.

I’m not convinced that Nelkas Kwemo has the athleticism to be an impact player at the CFL level, while Regis Cibasu won’t join the Argos until the 2019 season while he completes his USports degree and eligibility.

Laval fullback Simon Gingras-Gagnon could provide some nice depth behind Declan Cross, while Kent State’s Kain Anzovino was one of the top long snappers available.

9. Saskatchewan Roughriders

The Riders entered Thursday evening with just two selections in the draft’s top four rounds. Considering Saskatchewan’s immediate depth needs, the decision to select Dakoda Shepley out of UBC at fifth overall was a head-scratcher. Shepley, now a member of the New York Jets, won’t report to Regina until 2019 — if ever. With talents like Godfrey Onyeka, Jackson Bennett, Ryan Sceviour, and Darius Ciraco still on the board at fifth overall, the risk outweighs the reward for Saskatchewan’s top pick.

Linebacker Micah Teitz was a good positional fit for the Riders, while York offensive lineman Christopher Smith comes as a no-risk tackle prospect at 63rd overall. I’m interested to see if the Riders convert Mathieu Breton, a 6’7 defensive tackle out of Bishop’s, to the offensive side of the ball come training camp.

The odds were stacked against Saskatchewan from the beginning given the club’s lack of picks (five), but I’m not sure Chris Jones and company maximized the value of the selections they had.

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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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.

84 Comments on All nine CFL draft classes, ranked

  1. thethinman // May 4, 2018 at 9:45 am //

    Can’t argue with 1-3. Stood out as the best. Same with 8 & 9. Clearly the worst. Sorry Riders. Jones sucks again.

    • redhorse6 // May 4, 2018 at 7:49 pm //

      Seriously?! Reed smashed this draft by trading for Bomben which you conveniently left out of your review but included in the TiCats.

      Bomben a proven All-Star QB protecting machine makes this draft number one for this decade not just the year. This site will never fairly evaluate Reed.

      • Kavis? Is that you?
        Fairly evaluate Reed? He gave away one of the best defenses in the league to sign Durant. Dropped Cato and Adams Jr. Our last hopes at developing a QB of the future. The decision to bring Durant in was a walloping success, as the Als went 3-15. The man is a disaster of a GM.
        But you’re right about one thing: they never “fairly” evaluate Reed. They couldn’t possibly devote the time and space needed to list how bad a GM he really is.

        • Redhorse6 // May 5, 2018 at 7:53 pm //

          You should be a contributor on this site!!! All you do is s$&t on your home team Alouettes. You hate AC and now that he is gone you have replaced it with hate for Reed.

          You lack objectivity, big time. Funny Duane Forde explained on TSN that The Alouettes won the draft. Do you think it was Kavis wearing a mask?! Do you think that maybe they drugged his water and hypnotized him? Do you think Forde is uninformed and a chump who doesn’t know what he is talking about?

          Herb Zurkowsky who never says anything positive said he gets full marks for his draft strategy and results.

          Maccoicha was clearly supportive of the draft choices by the Alouettes stating it was the best in years. Bomben is a game changer on the line and he felt Rutherford may be good enough to start this year.

          Would you feel better about it and grab some objectivity if I said Gorrell not Reed. Are you so enraged by his name that you can’t see the forest for the trees?

          Shake your head. Where is Cato now? Watch what happens to Adams Jr in Hamilton. Their fourth string QB and Manziel will beat him out.

          Durante was a bust, no doubt. Last season was a bust, the franchise has made huge strides to move forward from last years horrible season. What did he dismantle, that team was old, injured and left tanked by Jim Popp. Yes or No?

          The Alouettes aren’t even my team, which did really well in my opinion on draft night. If they would have worked a deal for Bomben after two oline retirements I would have been thrilled. Man oh man, haters love to hate.

          • bleedzgreen // May 5, 2018 at 8:01 pm //

            Redhorse, I have to agree with you, Als were left a disaster by Popp. This draft was a great step forward, Gorrell a strong evaluator if Canadian talent, may be the difference between a mediocre draft in 2017 and this draft. If you count Bomben Reed wins, if you don’t BC, Hamilton and Calgary did around as well.

  2. Mr Red // May 4, 2018 at 9:46 am //

    I’m excited to see what Sceviour will do this year. It seems he’s poised to contribute right away. Great pickup
    I agree with Hodge, Lawrence may be the steal of the draft. 2 years from now he may be our starting centre

  3. Sigh. Hodge’s inability to overcome his personal biases, and questionable understanding of football in general, make this column basically worthless. I give it an F. No matter how many times he repeats that the “Riders have immediate depth needs” it’s not going to become any more true. It’s as though he feels that if he repeats that enough times it will somehow, magically, become true. Nope, still not true. In another bizarre proclamation he has been saying repeatedly that the Riders need a receiver, and he repeatedly predicted that the Riders would draft Simononse. That was never going to happen, of course, because the Riders have no need for another receiver, but maybe we’ve discovered the source of Hodge’s confusion on this point! It turns out that the Bombers drafted Simonise, and they drafted Petermann as well! So now they have 5 starting caliber Canadian receivers (Simonise, Petermann, Demski, Coats, Wolitarsky) for 2 spots, or perhaps they’ve given up on Dressler and are planning to start 3 Canadians? Either way, if that’s what passes for good math in Winnipeg then I can understand why he thinks the Riders need another Canadian receiver.

    • So what do the riders do if 2 of the following get hurt? Bladek, Labatte, Clark?
      What happens if Bagg, Messam get hurt?

      • Peter N // May 4, 2018 at 11:38 am //

        Behind Bagg there is Radford and Stanford who both had meaningful snaps last year at the expense of Bagg and Jake Harty was added as a nice free agent pickup from Ottawa who has always played well when given the chance. Devon Bailey is a project.

        RB will not be a designated CDN spot so Messam gives us flexibility on the snaps he plays to go to 4 American wide receivers.

        Next man up (like every other team on the o-line) St. John then 4 other guys available (Adusei, Zver, Sprukulis, Houghten). Also option to go with 3 Americans at o-line and have Harty start in the slot or Judge/Hurl start at a LB spot.

        • Mr Red // May 4, 2018 at 2:58 pm //

          You are relying on a lot of unknowns in that scenario. Just because you have bodies in the position, doesn’t mean they are starting caliber. Bagg is an every down player, are you sure those guys behind him are? Isn’t that what you all said about Demski last year??
          Didn’t you all say Meredith was a depth guy this time last year too?

      • For Bagg, presumably use one of the 5 other national receivers currently on the roster, probably D Bailey or Jake Harty (but possibly Stanford, Radford, or Picton)?

        If Messam hurt, it would certainly impact where Riders play a Canadion on O – but a good portion of packages will almost certainly feature an import back, with Messam being used situationally/rotationally, so many O packages won’t involve Messam anyways.

        As for the OL, looks like St John (or possibly S becomes ‘6th’ lineman if needed, with strong possibility of shift in the ratio if two starting CDN OL were to go down.

        What CFL team wouldn’t have serious questions about what they were going to do if 2x starting NI OL were to both get injured at the same time?

        • Mr Red // May 4, 2018 at 3:03 pm //

          Fair point. It would hurt most teams, but depth helps. Calgary had games in 2016 where both Quinn Smith and Jr Turner had to switch to o-line mid game. Calgary adjusted.

      • Can’t help stupidity. // May 4, 2018 at 11:51 am //

        What is Calgary going to do is little Bo Peep gets hurt
        What a Dumas ass question red. Do you ever have anything intelligent to say at all?
        What if… What if… what a dumb ass some people can be.

      • Jeff Garcia's Agent // May 4, 2018 at 1:11 pm //

        What happens if 6 or 7 specific players get hurt? Wow! Great insight. What happens to Calgary if BLM, Singleton, Daniels, Jorden, Adeleke, Wall and Davis all get hurt. Calgary’s ratio won’t save their season then. Typical one sided, specific hypothetical from Mr Red to get a shot in at Jones anyway he can.

        • Mr Red // May 4, 2018 at 3:09 pm //

          lol so asking you how you’d deal with 2 o-lineman going down is some crazy scenario that we’ve never seen before!!!!??? Calgary lost every single o-linemen in 2016 and we adjusted. Stop dismissing this.
          Calgary relied on depth players, adjusted the ratio because we have depth, and relied on players that can play both o-line and d-line because. we have depth and proactive draft practices.

          • Jeff Garcia's Agent // May 4, 2018 at 6:36 pm //

            You listed 5 starters, all Canadian, as potential injuries. The odds of all going down at the exact same time or during the same duration can easily be dismissed.

            The Riders currently have 8 National O-Lineman (not including the two drafted yesterday) and you have zero clue that the “next man up” wouldn’t perform at a satisfactory level or better. None what so ever. It’s mere speculation, yet you speak of it as fact.

            If Messam goes down, than Harty, Stanford, Bailey, Radford are brought in on 1st down and Holley/Grant/Owens come out. Spencer Moore then comes in as the blocking back on passing downs t get one of those three back in.

            Henry and Steele are there if Evans goes down as well and they have plenty of National LB’s. And so on and so on.

            You spit vitriol and act like you facts when you don’t know ANYTHING with 100% certainty. AS I stated, you’ll slant anything to you onside, biased opinion to support a hypothetical, just to get your daily shot in. It’s likely the only self redeeming aspect of your life and it’s beyond sad.

      • True green // May 4, 2018 at 7:48 pm //

        What happens if BLM gets hurt? You never seem to want to answer that one.

    • Who says the riders wouldn’t have taken Simonese with their 2nd pick? Hate to tell you this, the Bombers are 3 years of development ahead of the riders. The Argos have surpassed you and if a QB can be found, the Alouettes could challenge you.

    • Riders23 // May 4, 2018 at 11:42 am //

      Spot on RFD, again just add water and kapow, Hodge retains his inbred hate of the Riders , ahh well ya know the statement he who laughs last etc. AS I said before if the picks come they come if they don’t no big, Quality over quantity Jones said long term was the end goal, guess the experts (what a joke they are THINK ) they know more then Jones , Remind me agin just HOW many Grey Cup rings does John Hodge/Drew Edwards/Justin Dunk have ???????? as well as resident troll Red !!! Zero !!!!! SO opinions are like a888888’s everyone has onein these jerks case they can only dream of having to polish what 4 rings like Jones does !!!! make that Jones/Oday and Murphy as well !!!!!

    • BlueBomberChris // May 4, 2018 at 2:51 pm //

      You talk in the first sentence of Hodge’s personal bias, yet you go on and spew your own personal biases with you insults towards Hodge, the Bombers, and Winnipeg.

      This like the mock drafts are OPINION pieces, they’re meant to promote discussion and be taken with a grain of salt; they’re not the difinitve articles on the draft and shouldn’t be taken as gospel.

      Just as you have as much right to express your opinion he has as much right to express his. The only difference is he puts out articles for everyone to read and comment, you just add your 2cents here and there. If you feel you can do better why don’t you start writing an article instead of just insulting Hodge and my city? Think what you want about the guy, and I’m not saying I agree with everything he puts out but at least he puts his name and face on the article and allows people to comment, not just hide behind a pseudonym and insult the author and other posters.

      • Mr Red // May 4, 2018 at 3:12 pm //

        Excellent write BlueBomberChris
        The hypocrisy and double standard is thick!!

        • Mamyhandles – The difference is BlueBomberChris put his point across without being a complete knob like you are 180% of the time. I have nothing against any team in the CFL…..not even the Stamps. What I have a problem with (and I’m sure a good number of people here) is your constant senseless BS!! Even fellow Stamp fans think you are hopeless. Please extract head from ass, lay off the negativity and don’t spoil the upcoming season for us CFL fans!!!

    • MR. Green // May 4, 2018 at 7:41 pm //

      Riders have no immediate needs. They also have 2 players coming in from last year’s draft class who finished off college eligibility from the 17 draft. We have 4 backup OLineman with another 4 comming in. Our D line Canadian depth is good. The LB depth is the weakest there was no immediate help in the draft. Teitz will learn but be a special teams player to start. We have plenty of Canadian DB’s and if Bouka comes back that is huge and a bonus. We have other Canadians in the NFL who are fringe players that must defend thier fringe spot against new up and commers. If you are afraid to draft the best player for a lesser player, eventually that will catch up with you

      • MR. Green // May 4, 2018 at 7:49 pm //

        I forgot, we also have Bartlett and Francis for LB but Bartlett was a supplemental pick who was a special teamer and good at it. Taking him cost us our own 5th rounder this year. I’ll take that. We have unkown s to manyof you, such as backups from last year, another 4 Canadian receivers, and more everywhere who are developing md learning. They are not unkown to the coaches an management, they saw them all last season and know what they have. They drafted exactly how they needed to. Calm, cool collected and smart. They were happeyour last 3 picks fell into our laps who they had rated higher.

  4. Barry Soetoro // May 4, 2018 at 10:50 am //

    Chris Jones may be a decent coach but as a GM he’s a total bust.

  5. Antlerman // May 4, 2018 at 10:56 am //

    Wow i cant believe this guy hasnt got his own GM postion in the Cfl with his keen insight and foresight Mr Hodge perhaps you can give us the winning 6 49 numbers for the next draw

  6. Jones has once again shown his love for shiny objects. last year it was Anthony Auclair, this year Dakota Shepley. They join other flashy names like Eli Bouka, Chad Owens, Jerome Messam, Derek Dennis, Trent Richardson, Charleston Hughes, and who can forget Vince Young and flirtations with Micheal Vick and Johnny Football.
    Chris Jones now has 3 complete off seasons under his belt, we see a pattern and now know what his style is.
    He will continue to take high risk draft picks rather than vet players who can fit in and thrive in the organization. They will continue to purge salaries every January and sign high profile, expensive veterans. Jones would rather have big headlines over anything else.
    rider fans always accuse me of jealousy, I guess I will confess; in one aspect I am. The riders, under Jones, will always make news and grab the headlines of the off season.

    • I accused you of jealousy and hatred towards the Riders, Roy. You admitted the possibility of hatred. Do you hate the Riders? Or are you simply jealous of the Roughriders due to its popularity of garnering all the headlines (good or bad), Roy?

      • What’s the old saying 89 ? They hate us, cuz they ain’t us!!

        • Exactly, Yup!!! I try to keep an even keel with this ah, ah, person (I’m starting to sound like Justin), but one can only take so much garbage. Some of those vitriol comments are absolutely ridiculous. Any little ammo this ah, ah, person can throw at Rider fans, he does. And if he goes by red, to me, he’s roy. Have a name, keep a name and stop hiding!!!

      • Bomb Away // May 4, 2018 at 11:45 pm //

        Movie stars need publicity,good or bad because their worth is measured in fan recognition. Pro football clubs on the other hand have their value measured by the W/L stat. So if one acts like a buffoon just to be in the headline that does not do much for its apparent need for respect.

  7. Hey Red, go get a job.

  8. The CFL draft is irrelevant. Undrafted Jimmy Ralph had more of an impact than any player in last years draft. Just look at a list of former 1st overall picks and try to find one who’s actually an impact player for the team that drafted him.

    • I could say the same thing about any sports league and the draft

      • Um not really, Crosby is on the Penguins, Newton on the Panthers, Kyrie had an impact on the Cavs and won a title before leaving, when was the last time a meaningful CFL game was impacted at all by the likes of Ben Heenan or Faith Ekakitie?

        • You just names 3 guys over 10 years over 3 leagues.

          Pierre Lavertu did for Calgary, he just had injury issues

          • Awaiting Moderation // May 4, 2018 at 12:23 pm //

            Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews,…

          • Yes because Pierre Lavertu has a comparable impact to a Crosby or Irving. For this draft to mean something more than the odd 1-2 players every class would have to become somewhat relevant to their franchise, and seldom they are.

    • White Horse // May 4, 2018 at 11:58 am //

      Payton…try Alex Singleton for starters?

      • Alex Singleton was not a first overall pick and everyone around him is irrelelvent in the league now except for Loffler, I mean Brian Jones, if youve heard of him, is a non factor and was replaced by undrafted Jimmy Ralph.

  9. rider fan // May 4, 2018 at 11:42 am //

    Mr Red sound like you are the expert. Can the Riders call and ask what transactions need to happen, or do they just copy the Stamps. I dont agree with Chris Jones all the time but the Riders went from last place to one game away from a Grey cup berth. I hope to see improvement this year , yes a weak spot that the team seems to have on paper is the o line. Have to line it up on the field to see for sure. I think Mr Breton could play on the o line if the Riders need

    • lol
      You can spin last season all you want. But here are the facts.
      The riders finished 4th in the west.
      44% of riders schedule was against east teams and 60% of their wins came from this. 56% of their games where against the west, yet only 40% of their wins came form this. This shows a heavy reliance on the weakness of the east. It shows even a slightly better division would result in at least 1-2 less wins.

      Conversely, Calgary also played 44% of games vs. east with 46% of wins the result. 56% of games vs the west resulted in 54% of wins. Also remember , Calgary was 7-0 vs west going into the last 3 games of the season. All were against the west, all were meaningless and all were loses.

      • Don’t mean to burst your bubble, Roy, but you lost to the “eastern” Grey Cup champions “twice” (back-to-back) in the most crucial games of the year. Your stamps are 0-2, which equals 0%. Not very good, Roy.

        • Awaiting Moderation // May 4, 2018 at 12:25 pm //

          Still better than not getting to the championship game.
          Why is it so hard to understand that?

          • I think it still bothers Roy about the stamps losing to the eastern teams twice in the biggest game of the year. I’d rather be cheering for the Riders with a 60% winning percentage in the regular season against eastern foes than being 0-and-2 at the worst time of year. To me, that spells L-O-S-E-R when it really counts.

        • Who is Roy?
          0-2 maybe but very close to 2-0
          The rider are no where near 2-0 or 0-2 in the last 2 cups. Are they?
          The riders oline was suspect last year and appears to be no better this. In fact it looks worse!

          • Oh, I’m sorry, Red. I just keep thinking of that fellow, Roy, that’s being held up south of the border. Guess he’s going to be stuck down there for quite a long time.

          • “Very close”. Haha this isn’t horseshoes you moron.

        • Mr Red // May 4, 2018 at 3:17 pm //

          lol really!
          So you’d rather have not participated in the last 2 Grey Cups and be very mediocre than participate in them while being great??
          Did you feel that way the evening of Sunday Nov 19 2017???
          Get real

          • Red, Roy, whatever!!! I’d rather hide my stamps flag in scrub-brush and use it for wipe after the most recent Grey Cup debacle. And this wasn’t once, but twice. For gosh sakes, get off your low horse red and get rid of the horse turds that surround you. I don’t mean to be so crude but it gets rather tiring hearing some of that garbage. As far as calgary’s lost Grey Cup venture (again), I actually was cheering for your team. But surprise, surprise, another loss. And Roughrider mediocrity??? Last year’s team wasn’t mediocre. I can vouch for your statement regarding the 2015-2016 seasons, but the Riders are improving and should have a decent season this year.

          • Hey, Red. I guess I’m a bit tired, but I do get tired of reading the trash talk. Sometimes, a positive would be nice to read. Take care.

      • rider fan // May 4, 2018 at 1:56 pm //

        Even there very last loss Mr Red

      • True green // May 4, 2018 at 8:04 pm //

        so Are you saying Calagary can’t compete against a lesser division? That’s ridiculous.

        See, my statement (which I don’t actually believe) proves that I can twist the facts to prove anything i want to prove. Sound like anyone you know? Or like about 40 versions of someone you know?

  10. Can’t help stupidity. // May 4, 2018 at 12:01 pm //

    Only someone with a nose as red as a strawberry from pounding home made moon shine all week would turn this article about 9 teams into an article about one team that he has an obsessive Compulsive disorder for. I’m not sure how many alias’s he’s had on here. It’s still probably only about 1/100th of the amount of times he just couldn’t help himself. Thank goodness the dude dosent have the same issue with self pleasure. Otherwise he would be that freaky dude you sometimes run into in the elevator turned around in the back corner, spanning away.
    Poor little Red can’t stop playing with his

  11. Riders may not have selected well but their war room had the best food in all the draft..

  12. Lions came out in first place; like they will at the end of the season with a Grey Cup win. As usual the Sliders end up last, proving once again as one other poster noted on this thread that Jones “sucks”.

    • Lions did well

    • I don’t get it. You rub the Riders, and you’re team finished last and out of the playoffs last season. And speaking of Grey Cups, the last time your Pussycats won a championship was 2011. Were you old enough to actually watch the game?

      • Mr Red // May 4, 2018 at 3:20 pm //

        lolol 2011?? as opposed to the way more recent 2013????
        At least the lions have had several competitive seasons since their last cup.
        My god, you riderfans are really throwing Hail Marys now, aren’t you?

        • And who is comparing 2011 to 2013? I was referring to last season. Is that not what I said (as above)? And yes, the Riders have been as competitive, if not more than most teams in the past 10 seasons with Grey Cup wins in 2007 and 2013, and near misses (like your stamps) in 2009 and 2010. Previous to that, the organization struggled with mediocrity. I’m not hiding that fact horsee. But read, before you jump to conclusions!!!

    • How did your Leos do in the playoffs last year pal? Oh right……

      • I guess Roy (rather, Red) didn’t like our company very much, Donte. I hope he doesn’t take it too hard about the past two Grey Cup games.

      • I guess all good things do come to an end. Well, Roy (rather, Red), it was nice visiting with you.

        • Mr Red // May 4, 2018 at 7:20 pm //

          Thanks for giving us Dillon Guy for nothing. Another Jones failure unfolding as we speak

      • Mr Red // May 4, 2018 at 7:19 pm //

        Thats rich

        Yet you make fun of us for losing the Grey Cup. The irony and hypocrisy is thick

        • So is your hypocrisy. I read it every day and it gets rather tiring. Like a little kid, you always have to provide the last word. Don’t you ever get tired of embarrassing yourself?

  13. Riders23 // May 4, 2018 at 12:39 pm //

    Last post out to Fellow Rider Nation Supporters regarding Draft and how Jones & CO do things ; SO many so called experts here put their arrogant hate filled blinders on and take because they don’t LIKE Jones or how he builds a team. Lets see Jones just added a o-line prospect to camp who is a 6’7 man 2 years more mature then these university kid’s. Yeap, he was playing football ( semi-pro in Fort Mac ) but he was playing and against MATURE men !!!! ( who in all likely hood played either Junior/or Cdn American /College )which to me is as good as the majority of the players these kids that just got drafted did . Face it U-Sport football at this point is NOT great football— yes a few elite players do play in this league , but its still a system that struggles to have teams even have 1 full time coach. The experts ( many of which are the dregs of this crappy system 0 try to make the CIS relevant IMO to make themselves look better. Anyway Jones scouts year round , and has taken FULL advantage of the supplemental draft year in year out ;;;; players like Francis/Stanford have come from this draft and are not included in this meaningless count of CIS bodies post CFL draft day. So again , Jones & CO look outside the box with success, and that in it self annoys the so called experts revealing just how basically small a factor the CFL draft really is in building a team. I don’t have to remind folks , the Riders still have 6 open tryouts before main camp starts to further evaluate talent . Jones just gets under the so called experts skin as he dosn’t drink the koolaid that the CFL-u-sport draft is a big deal. The bottom line is he is right , if a team gets 1 starter within 1-4 years after the player is taken and given proper coaching they are uber pleased. and again without CFL ratio rules it would be 1 perhaps 2 players total that ever would see a CFL field in any given draft year. That is just the FACTS!!!!! and yes the ratio rule should stay . it gives the marginally talented in comparison Canadian kids playing football a realistic goal to shoot for reading some type of pro football career and goals are a good thing.

    • Bomb Away // May 5, 2018 at 12:02 am //

      Talk about verbal diarrhea!. May… Riders are preparing a parade. November to May, slamming other teams because the parade was cancelled.

  14. Edward Leslie // May 4, 2018 at 1:08 pm //

    II agree with most of John’s assessments, but not about Edmonton.
    The Eskimos have a young Guard David Beard, who ahould start this season. They picked up giant prospect Mason Woods from Toronto for James Franklin. They also have Jean-Simon Roy, formerly of Laval, as the heir apparent to Justin Sorenson.
    If that’s not enough, they might get highly touted Justin Senior at some point this year.

    The one tbing that surprised me, considering that both Ryan Hunter and Dakoda Shepley were picked early in spite of being signed in the NFL was tgat David Knevel wasn’t. He wasn’t drafted or signed in tte NFL, he only has a moni camp invite. He coukd be the steal of the draft for B.C.

    • Yes, I was a bit surprised as well by the selection of Dakota Shepley. There is always the possibility of Shepley coming back by Labour Day, which is a gamble. But in all due respect, the Roughriders o-line is the team’s Achilles Heal with age and injuries to key Canadian-born players now being a factor. But I do appreciate the pick of linebacker Mark Teitz in the second round to compete with Sam Hurl. It should be an interesting season.

  15. greenenvy? // May 4, 2018 at 1:15 pm //

    Battle of the Draft picks. In the West Corner wearing orange trunks from L.A., California , ED HERVEY!!! In the East Corner wearing green trunks from South Pittsburg, Tennesee, CHRISTOPHER JONES!!! DING DING DING. Round 1. Hervey delivers the 1st blow, picking Godber only to be countered with Jones selecting Shepley. The cagey Hervey, in a slick move, counter punches with Laurent, a wise depth move. In a slight decision the round to Hervey. Round 2. Jones starts fast with Teitz, a need at LB only to be countered with Mackie, a solid move as both are top 20. A draw. Round 3. Hervey quickly adds monster Knevel. No response from Jones as he circles around. Looks like that last hit hurt him. Round 4. Hervey lands another blow with another top 20, Guzylak-Messam but Jones has no Messam to respond who sits on the sidelines. Jones doesn’t leave his corner. Bout over. Judges rule TKO for Hervey. Regina born judge objects saying he voted for Jones as he clearly is the better guy but gives no evidence to support it.

  16. Ron Tuthill // May 4, 2018 at 3:03 pm //

    Butler and Fantus were impact players drafted by the riders while Ravensberg and Stephans are impact players drafted by the Ticats. The Westermans were impact players drafted by their teams and then left in FA. Also most of Ottawa’s offensive line were drafteded by the club and have been impactful. Ted Laurent was drafted by Edmonton and was immediately impactful.He left for the Ticats in FA. I could go on and on but the point is there have been many players drafted into the league who have had an immediate impact.

    • Riders23 // May 4, 2018 at 3:45 pm //

      yeap 1 or 2 impact players per year , agreed, I will generously extend that to even 1 per team per year , but with regard to o-line realistically the cdn content rule mandating 7 cdn starters greatly impacts Cdn starting o-linmen having an immediate impact. ( again I am NOT saying throw the Ratio Rule out- just saying it impacts the possible quality of the starting players especially immediately after being drafted.) Just by numbers available , if in true open competition no CLF team would have 2-3 newly drafted Canadian offensive linemen ( and in all likely hood d-linemen) make a CFL roster per year. This is proven BY looking at the number of OUR elite cdn linemen going down to try an crack a NFL roster in open competition , what are there 15-25 in total cdn nationals currently on active NFL rosters!!! fact proven — in straight up open competition Canadian linemen are just NOT AS GOOD as the American elite players. Again the rules are what they are , not saying the Ratio should change but just pointing out the CFL draft is a pale mockery of open professional drafts for other leagues;;; ie NFL /NBA/NHL where no consideration is given to what passport the player holds, its just eh best available player WORLD WIDE !!! being selected. I am not even going to get into fair opportunity given tot he skill positions such as DB/Receiver/Running back as its just not a realistic comparison talent wise . Perhaps in the HISTORY of the NFL there has been maximum with out doing research 10 cdn born db’s ever make a NFL roster and same goes for receivers, So again the REAL impact point is moot the Ratio greatly affects all.

  17. Drboom // May 5, 2018 at 2:09 am //

    How did this become the predominantly rides, stampeder show. Last I saw there were 9 teams and we just had a draft that included all nine, and for great Canadian talent which it where the league plays and required to play Canadians. Let’s talk about the talent and stop making this a pissing match about who can be the worse contributor to the comment section.

  18. While evaluating a draft the morning after is fun but blind comedy, at least take into consideration where teams were drafting from and how many picks they had access to.

    The Riders managed to take the best OL in this draft, they may never see him but Chapman may turnout to be a Bowman or blow out his knee the first day of camp too, there is even a very remote chance he gets an NFL PR spot. He’s made no commitment.

    The best player “involved” in that draft for the next 2 to 3 years will be Ryan Bomben. How anyone comes away leaving him and Robinson out of the equation is mind boggling. Montreal comes away with a haul of 12 players, which include a starting all star guard, the best available OL prospect. a 3 time OUA All star Tackle (future), the best DE in the draft and two of the best ST players in the draft.

    Robinson is a bonus. a 6,5″ import receiver that runs a 4.37 needs work with his route running but even today is a jump ball machine. Montreal didn’t draft a receiver because they don’t plan to start a Canadian there and outside of Dubois there wasn’t another pass catcher in the draft who can play teams.

    Reed and Gorrell maxed out their return more than any other team, this is pretty much a consensus. The 3Down crew being the exception. I’ll take Duane Forde’s opinion over this motley crew.

    Lions also had a nice overall draft but they dipped heavy into next year’s draft to achieve this.

    Hamilton considering the wealth of picks end up weaker at the key offensive line position for at least next year and possibly beyond, that is ridiculous but that’s what Jones demanded and they chose their job over pissing off their new “Dear Leader”.

  19. Going into the 2018 draft the Esks needs were few and as such they traded down, opting to fill special teams and depth for the future. Brock Sunderland stuck to this plan and found value all over the draft as a result.

    Yes, Godfrey Onyeka could someday play field corner and yes, Jordan Beaulieu might start at Free Safety someday, but importantly both improve special teams this year.

    Onyeka will get a year behind Colquhoun to learn how to be the second-high cover position in the Esks 4-2 Cover 2 Hybrid Defense. Beaulieu will get a couple of seasons to determine if he is better suited to be a big hitter like Konar at WLB than a zone cover Free Safety centre fielder like Jordan Hoover. Betting Beaulieu is more like Konar.

    Alex Taylor, Tanner Green and Blair Zerr all will be converted to hybrid FB-TE role as pass catching blockers. Mix in these three along with Alexandre Dupuis, Christophe Normand and Pascal Lochard and the Esks are about to bring the pass catching Tight End to the CFL in the Maas Power Spread Offense. Shaking your head about the possible existence of a TE in the CFL? Keep in mind the Esks have run a Power Spread for the last two seasons that has elements from the Urban Meyer Power Spread at Ohio State. This is exactly where Meyers evolved to for the upcoming NCAA season.

    While some can’t see it, the FB/TE Hybrid role blocking on running plays will improve the Esks offense. The ability to mix in Nate Behar with the TE/FB means the national receiver has a big role for the Esks in 2018.

    While the Esks played it to cute with Justin Lawrence and had him stolen by the Stamps a pick before they picked 40th Curtis Krahn should not be discounted too heavily. The Esks have a history of picking up o-line players that other teams either lack the patience to develop or lack the foresight to give an opportunity to. I suspect that Lloydminster’s Keiler Cherry could sign as a F.A. with the Esks and once fully recovered from his injury would be the type of free agent steal that makes up most of the Esks o-line. Yet, there is only so much room on the roster and practice roster.

    5th rounder Curtis Krahn joins 6th rounder Kwabena Asare, 2nd rounder Jean-Simon Roy, 1st rounder Mason Woods and 2nd rounder Jacob Ruby as the next ones in Edmonton. If the Esks were to sign Keiler Cherry, who was once ranked as high as 17 in September, that would mean one of the other five would have to be jettisoned. However, it seems like something Brock Sunderland would do say around July or August like he did with Jacob Ruby last year.

  20. Jeremiah was a bullfrog // May 7, 2018 at 1:21 pm //

    Sitting back watching, observing, reading and Iistening to everyone’s debates. Really I think all the teams did well with what they had to work with.
    The teams that dont make the playoffs the previous season are always the ones that dig in and come out on top.
    Those 3 teams are doing everything in their arsenal to get better everywhere.

  21. 3rd and 1 // May 7, 2018 at 1:36 pm //

    I would concur that the teams that do not make the playoffs the season before. Are usually the most aggressive with trading other teams for more drafts. Or better positioning in the draft or all of the above.
    I read a few people slamming Chris Jinrs for his pick and his ability to be a GM. I don’t understand why people think Jones is all alone in that category. With Jeremy ODay as VP of football operations and John Murphy as Assistant Vice President of Football Operations & Player Personnel. There is 3 pretty good football minds coming together. I’m thiking it’s more just the dislike factor some have for Jones. All of which stems from his departure from Calgary and Edmonton. I don’t believe the fans in Toronto could care less. Some fans just don’t like it when a coach up and splits under contract. Yet SK allowed Austin to leave after 1 year. Not too many grudges held in SK over that.

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