What you need to know about Monday’s supplemental draft

The CFL will hold a supplemental draft on Monday, the second of its kind in 2018.

The regular draft took place on May 3 and by league rules, supplemental drafts can happen any time in the 60 days following. Supplemental drafts are held when players miss the deadline for entry into the main CFL draft, usually due to citizenship issues. Each CFL team has the option to “bid” on the player by forfeiting a selection in the 2019 CFL Draft and the process continues based on waiver priority – the reverse order of the 2018 draft – until the highest choice is identified. The team who puts up that pick (or possesses the top waiver priority) gets the player.

Secret May supplemental draft

There has already been a supplemental draft – double-secret in the usual CFL style. In May, former Florida State linebacker Dorian Earley, Laurier receiver Daniel Bennett, Acadia receiver Scott Watson, Ottawa linebacker Dominic Code and Alberta defensive back Griffin Dear all went unselected.

Free supplemental draft advice

Holding multiple supplemental drafts needs to stop.

Set one date close to the end of the 60-day window and whoever becomes eligible can be picked and the athletes who don’t get the proper documentation submitted in time go into the regular draft the next year.

Saskatchewan Roughriders 2017 second round pick, offensive lineman Dariusz Bladek is a good example. He missed both the 2016 regular and supplemental draft windows due to the slow government paperwork process.

If Bladek had been eligible for the 2016 supplemental draft after the one held in May where the Riders selected Kevin Francis using a third-round pick, it would have been a tough internal debate for the team to use another high round selection to nab Bladek. That’s just one of many examples in recent years because there have been a number of supplemental drafts – seemingly at random.

So just set one date.

Securing potential ratio-breaker

Offensive lineman Tyler Johnstone is the only Canadian prospect available in Monday’s supplemental draft.

“He’s the best, most experienced Canadian prospect with tackle position-specific skills to come about in a long time,” one personnel man said.

The Montreal Alouettes hold the top waiver priority and therefore get the final decision in each round whether or not to submit a 2019 draft selection for Johnstone. If there was a team wanting to secure his services other than the Als – Saskatchewan flew Johnstone to Regina for the weekend – then it’s possible a deal could be worked out prior to the proceedings.

It would have to be based on the draft selection used, but the highly interested team could go to the Alouettes and tell them to take Johnstone in whatever round the bidding stops. After that, a trade could be finalized and the intriguing offensive line prospect secured by the franchise who wants him most.

Johnstone is coveted around the league, although some teams are concerned about his injury history – two ACL setbacks and a stress fracture on his foot – and the fact he hasn’t played in a game since the 2016 NFL pre-season. However, national offensive line prospects with Johnstone’s athletic ability and pedigree – NCAA and NFL – are extremely rare. That’s why it’s expected to take a first-round choice to land Johnstone.

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