Winnipeg general manager Kyle Walters had his eye on Nic Demski since the 2015 draft.
“Nic was a guy in the draft a few years ago we actually tried to trade up and get him, I thought very highly of him, I liked him a lot. It didn’t work out,” Walters said on TSN 1290 in Winnipeg.
The Bombers selected offensive lineman Sukh Chungh No. 2 overall that year. After that Winnipeg took receiver Addison Richards and defensive back Brendan Morgan in the second round of that same draft. Smart speculation would assert those two second rounders were offered as part of the deal to try and get back into the first round. Demski was selected sixth overall by Saskatchewan.
The 24-year-old had 26 starts while playing in 40 of a possible 54 regular season games in three seasons with the Riders. He made 69 catches for 725 yards and three touchdowns while returning 84 punts for 729 yards and one touchdown plus a long missed field goal run back of 93 yards.
“He’s been banged up a little bit but certainly a dynamic athlete and he brings a bunch of different stuff to the offence. He’s a dynamite returner, he can take the hand-offs on the jet sweeps…he’s very explosive and we need that,” Walters said.
Demski looked poised for a breakout year in 2017 before injuries forced him to miss the last nine games. But he was considered one of the top dynamic Canadian talents on the free agent market.