The CFL draft is Tuesday and I’ll have a Ticats preview posted here first thing tomorrow morning but here are three things worth knowing.
1. There a multiple reports that none of the 12 Canadian players who were invited to the New York Giants rookie camp this weekend were offered contracts by the team. While there are a couple of top-ranked players who have camps scheduled for next weekend, including Hamilton’s Daryl Waud who is going to Washington’s camp, this development should clarify the CFL Draft picture.
2. Ticats draft pick Evan Gill, who tore his ACL last September while playing at the University of Manitoba, was also invited to the Giants mini-camp but failed his physical. Gill wasn’t at Ticats’ OTAs and I’d heard he wasn’t going to be ready for Ticat training camp, which starts at the end of the month. An ACL tear is usually requires a 12-to-18 month recovery period so that’s hardly surprising. But it does beg the question: what the heck was he doing at Giants’ camp if he wasn’t physically ready?
3. I’ve heard from a reliable CFL source that the Ticats are trying to move up in the first round of the draft. I think they have designs on one of the stud offensive lineman but are worried a number of them will be gone by the time the No. 8 selection comes around.
That’s it for now. More later, if warranted.