Insider Talk: Canadian QB Tre Ford, salary projections, giving ‘young guys’ a chance

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 possibility of B.C. selecting Canadian quarterback Tre Ford in the upcoming CFL draft, Wally Buono’s comments regarding a lack of experience in some CFL front offices, the performance of a few offensive linemen at the CFL Combine, and a couple of draft-eligible players who are going back to school.

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

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If I was B.C. I would take Tre Ford at third overall (in the 2022 CFL Draft). They’re already going all-Canadian at quarterback, so what’ve they got to lose? It’s not like there’s a day-one starter along the offensive line or a can’t-miss receiver in this draft.

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I think it’s funny that Wally Buono is a consultant who thinks the CFL needs more consultants. How about fresh blood? This league has too many retreads. It’s time to give more young guys a chance (at being head coaches and general managers).

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You guys (at 3DownNation) did a pretty good job with those salary projections. You erred a little on the high side, but it’s impossible to predict exactly how things will play out with injuries and stuff. The number you had for our team was in the ballpark.

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I was shocked that (Western University offensive lineman) Zack (Fry) only put up nine (reps) on the bench press (at the CFL combine) because honestly he’s tough as s*** to play against.

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(University of Alberta offensive lineman) Rodeem Brown and (University of Regina linebacker) Ryder Varga are going back to school next year, which’ll hurt their draft stock. It’s a shame because they’re both good young players.

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(Laval offensive lineman) Cyrille Hogan-Saindon moved a lot better at the combine than I thought he would. He could sneak into the first round (of the 2022 CFL Draft) for sure.

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There are teams in our league that only start one Canadian player on defence. If the ratio changes so you have to start three (Canadians) on both sides of the ball, I think that could affect how teams draft even this year because they need to start stockpiling defensive players.

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(Ottawa Redblacks’ draft pick) Alonzo Addae has such incredible range. No, he doesn’t have prototypical NFL size or elite speed, but I think he could stick down there if a team picks him up as a slot-corner. His instincts and quickness are elite.