The Riders gave up a 2017 third round CFL draft pick to grab North Carolina A&T receiver Kevin Francis in the supplemental draft on Tuesday.
McMurry offensive lineman Rafael Gallo and Delaware State defensive lineman Jacob Tizzard were also available, but no team was willing to bid a draft selection for their services.
Francis was viewed as a bit of an unknown quantity because he missed most of the Aggies’ 2015 season with a knee injury, playing in just two games. The six-foot-five, 210 pound pass catcher ran the 40-yard dash in the 4.7 range at the North Carolina A&T Pro Day while recording a 4.50 shuttle, 7.40 three-cone, 10-foot six-inch broad jump, 37-inch vertical leap and he pumped out 18 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.
One CFL personnel man says a third rounder was a “hefty” price to pay. That said, there were five teams who bid on Francis and at least one was willing to give up a third, but Saskatchewan had the top waiver priority.
Scouts see Francis as a big, physical prospect who is a willing blocker and very good on coverage teams.