Insider Talk: divisional balance, CFL draft chatter, ‘outrageous’ contract

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Insider Talk is a weekly feature on 3DownNation that includes anonymous quotes from people around the CFL — players, coaches, personnel people, executives, agents, etc. — regarding the latest news around the league. It’s a combination of insight, analysis, rumours, and friendly gossip.

This week’s Insider Talk is full of discussion regarding the competitive balance between the league’s two divisions, Edmonton signing American defensive lineman Daniel Ross, Global players becoming more hesitant to come to the CFL, the Philpot twins being locks to go high in the 2022 CFL Draft, and what the Elks could do with the first overall pick.

Enjoy this week’s quotes and come back next week for another edition of Insider Talk.

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The East Division has become stronger than the West Division if you ask me. Just look at the quarterbacks. I’ll take the guys in the East over the guys in the West.

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Do you know who Daniel Ross is? He’s a defensive tackle Chris Jones had in Saskatchewan for a little while (in 2016) before he went to the NFL. Edmonton gave him over $125,000 in hard money to sign. That’s outrageous.

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I don’t know who told you Toronto’s way over the ($400,000) signing bonus cap but they aren’t. A couple of other teams are but the Argos aren’t one of them.

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The draft obviously hinges on what Edmonton does at first overall. I think they’ll take (Western defensive lineman Deionte) Knight or (Syracuse linebacker Tyrell) Richards. Knight is the better positional fit but Richards is more explosive. My gut says Chris Jones will take the more explosive athlete.

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(University of Saskatchewan left tackle) Noah Zerr is the best offensive lineman (in the 2022 CFL Draft) and it’s not particularly close.

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A lot of players from around the world are starting to realize that most CFL teams don’t actually play their Globals and that’s making it harder to get them over here. The Europeans don’t make a lot of money with the exchange rate. They’re coming here to get game film and earn a starting job, not fill an arbitrary roster spot.

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I think both Philpots will get taken in the top three (selections of the 2022 CFL Draft). Ottawa needs an explosive Canadian receiver and B.C. won’t pass on a hometown kid that good after losing Shaq Johnson and Lemar Durant.

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I’m really excited for the national combine but the regional combines won’t have the level of talent they usually do. I’m sure they’ll be strong again in a few years but right now the depth is just not there coming out of the pandemic.