Teams have inquired with Alouettes about the first overall pick in CFL draft

Montreal Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed is open to dealing the first overall selection in the 2018 CFL draft.

The Als secured the top choice after posting a league-worst 3-15 record last season.

“There is always dialogue back and forth between teams. We have had some inquiries about the pick. One of the things that we’ve been very diligent about doing is making certain we understand exactly where we’re willing to move to if we were to move the pick,” Reed said on Monday.

“Coach Sherman and I had an opportunity to speak with the coaches last night to make certain that we’re on the same page: if we were to move the pick what’s their comfort. And again this morning we had a collective conversation, so that’s a big part of it, feeling comfortable with moving. When it comes to that pick we want to make certain that we’re mindful that we want that person to be a contributor at some point this season.”

Reed added the Alouettes have narrowed down their potential choices to five prospects, including UConn offensive lineman Trey Rutherford and Central Michigan receiver Mark Chapman.

“Both those individuals [Rutherford and Chapman] had stellar collegiate careers. And we have watched them very closely like most of the prospects. They’ve awarded themselves the opportunity to be in the conversation – they and three others have been highly vetted. We’ve spoken to the agents and we’ll see where it goes from there. But yes they’re in the conversation along with three others for the first overall,” Reed said.

Neither Rutherford nor Chapman signed NFL contracts last weekend after being bypassed in the draft. So if they’re selected by a CFL team, either player can sign immediately and not miss any time with their new clubs. However, Reed said he’d entertain any offer he felt would improve the Alouettes.

“We’re open to whatever is going to make the Montreal Alouettes a better roster. We have made our decision as to who are the top guys that if we have to make the selection,” Reed said.

“We started the process of contacting the agents to start to negotiate contracts. But if an offer comes our way that will allow us to improve our roster in the short and long term we would entertain it.”

According to Reed, there are three positions that rank above the rest in terms of quality depth in the 2018 class: offensive line, linebackers and defensive backs.

“Not to say that there isn’t quality at all the positions, but the depth and quality in those three positions really stand out,” Reed said.

“The top guys tested extremely well and had opportunities in the NFL, some recent invites to mini-camps. We feel very strongly that all the positions are solid, but those three positions have quality depth.”

Reed admits Montreal has holes to fill.

“We always want to address the offensive line, we always want to take a look at depth we have in the receiving corps,” he said.

“Our linebacking corps will be a priority as well as we look to get better in our special-teams corps.”

-with CP files