John Hodge’s CFL mock draft 2.0

With the 2018 NFL draft in the books, it’s time to take a look at which prospects may end up where and why.

Many of the picks below differ from my first mock draft, found here.

Round One

1. Montreal Alouettes — OL Trey Rutherford, UConn

A stud athlete with the ability to play both guard and tackle, Montreal uses the first pick in the draft to select a player who should be a fixture on their offensive line for years to come.

2. Hamilton Tiger-Cats — REC Mark Chapman, Central Michigan

Hamilton lands the most polished Canadian receiver prospect the draft has seen in years.

3. B.C. Lions — OL Peter Godber, Rice

The Lions land the draft’s heaviest lifter who could look to become a day-one starter at guard.

4. Ottawa Redblacks — OL David Knevel, Nebraska

The Redblacks add the behemoth offensive lineman (6’9, 315) who has the potential to start in the CFL at offensive tackle.

5. Saskatchewan Roughriders — REC Rashaun Simonise, Calgary

The ‘Canadian Duron Carter’ joins the original Duron Carter in Riderville where his athleticism and natural ability will be most coveted.

6. Edmonton Eskimos — DB Godrey Onyeka, Wilfrid Laurier

Onyeka could be the hard-hitting safety that Edmonton needs to round out their vaunted defence.

7. Winnipeg Blue Bombers — OL Mark Korte, Alberta

The most athletic lineman available in this year’s draft, Korte will be given time to continue developing his frame before one day entering the starting line-up.

8. Calgary Stampeders — OL Ryan Sceviour, Calgary

The Stamps go local to grab a versatile lineman with quicks and a pro-ready body.

9. Toronto Argonauts — DB Jackson Bennett, Ottawa

I believe Jackson could be the first Canadian prospect in a long time with the potential to start at the league’s ultra-tough strong-side linebacker position.

Round Two

10. Hamilton Tiger-Cats — OL Andrew Pickett, Guelph

Pickett has a pro-ready frame and will be able to contribute in a depth role right away.

11. Hamilton Tiger-Cats — DL Julien Laurent, Georgia State

The Tabbies add the draft’s top interior defensive lineman to continue building depth behind perennial all-star Ted Laurent.

12. B.C. Lions — DB Isaiah Guzylak-Messam, Wilfrid Laurier

An impressive athlete with a long frame, Guzylak-Messam has the ability to play both cornerback and safety.

13. Ottawa Redblacks — REC Daniel Petermann, McMaster

Brad Sinopoli recently reached the age of thirty and it’s time for Ottawa to begin developing talent behind him.

14. Saskatchewan Roughriders — OL Darius Ciraco, Calgary

The Riders grab a stout offensive lineman to continue building depth in the trenches.

15. Hamilton Tiger-Cats — RB David Mackie, Western

A smooth runner, Mackie will contribute as both a long snapper and pass-catcher out of the backfield.

16. Winnipeg Blue Bombers — OL Ryan Hunter, Bowling Green

The Bombers draft the first ‘future’ of the draft in this guard/tackle who is currently a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.

17. Calgary Stampeders — OL Dakoda Shepley, UBC

Calgary grabs the second ‘future’ of the draft with this undrafted member of the New York Jets.

18. Toronto Argonauts — OL Arnaud Gendron-Dumouchel, Montreal

The gargantuan Francophone (6’9, 310) joins the Argos as a potential future starter at offensive tackle.

Round Three

19. Montreal Alouettes — DL Bo Banner, Central Washington

Montreal acquire some depth behind free agent addition Jamaal Westerman with the draft’s best pass rusher.

20. Hamilton Tiger-Cats — DB Jordan Beaulieu, Western

Beaulieu provides the Tabbies with help on special teams as well as depth behind starting safety Courtney Stephen.

21. B.C. Lions — LB Micah Teitz, Calgary

The Lions scoop up arguably the best linebacker in the draft for some much-needed depth and help on special teams.

22. Ottawa Redblacks — DL Brett Wade, Calgary

Wade doesn’t have the highest ceiling — he’s already in his mid-twenties — but should be able to contribute right away for an Ottawa team that lost Zach Evans to free agency.

23. Montreal Alouettes — REC Regis Cibasu, Montreal

The Alouettes grab a local pass catcher who has the size to contribute on special teams.

24. Toronto Argonauts — LB Paul Kozachuk, Toronto

The Argos go somewhat off the board to gran an ultra-athletic local product who will make an immediate impact on special teams.

25. Calgary Stampeders — DL Mathieu Breton, Bishop’s

A physical specimen at 6-foot-8, 275 pounds, Breton will likely be moved to the offensive side of the ball after draft day.

26. Winnipeg Blue Bombers — REC Marco Dubois, Laval

Dubois may contribute as a receiver in time, but his best value is as a special teams ace with great size and athleticism.

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