Final mock for what seems to be an increasingly difficult draft to predict. Straight to the goods.
1) Bombers – Faith Ekakitie, DL, Iowa
Strong senior season film and immediate availability mean Ekakitie goes No. 1 overall.
2) Riders – Cameron Judge, LB, UCLA
Chris Jones and co. considered taking Alex Singleton first overall in 2016, that decision sticks with Saskatchewan’s front office. Judge – the Singleton of this year’s draft – gives them a second chance to make right.
3) Lions – Mason Woods, OL, Idaho
Towering offensive lineman fits on the Left coast for a couple reasons: local (Port Coquitlam) product and potential to play tackle.
4) Ticats – Dariusz Bladek, OL, Bethune-Cookman
Despite being out of football for a year, Bladek is the most pro-ready blocker in the class.
5) Eskimos – Braden Schram, OL, Calgary
The Manning, Al. native is versatile, he took reps across all offensive line positions at the CFL combine, and stout.
6) Bombers – Geoff Gray, OL, Manitoba
Canadian depth and multiple first-round picks allow Winnipeg to select Gray for the future.
7) Lions – Junior Luke, DL, Montreal
BC let Jabar Westerman leave in free agency, which creates an opportunity for Luke to make an impact.
8) Stampeders – Randy Colling, Gannon
Calgary has done extensive background work on the Arena league all-star. Colling could help the Stamps at defensive tackle this season, and possibly be flipped over to the other side of the line down the road.
9) Redblacks – Evan Johnson, OL, Saskatchewan
An athletic offensive lineman who might have a chance to play tackle in the CFL, Johnson impressed at the CFL combine and steadily climbed draft boards.