Here’s my up to the minute thoughts on the first round and part of the 2nd round. Here we go…
10:15 – Hamilton takes Dylan Barker 1st overall – no brainer, apparently there was no deal Obie couldn’t refuse
10:20 – Edmonton trades 2nd overall pick to Calgary in exchange for Jon Comiskey, Kevin Challenger and Cal’s 3rd and 4th Round picks. The draft plot thickens…
10:30 – Calgary takes Dmitri Tsoumpas – good for them to improve their o-line but can’t say I’m shocked about not improving the defense. Why did Calgary trade an established lineman for a college kid?
10:42 – Calgary takes another lineman, Jesse Newman. Good thing Burris can run since Calgary just traded a veteran o-lineman to draft 2 rookies… toss in Jermese Jones at tackle(who’s not the greatest pass blocker). Dickenson better hope he never has to come in.
Alright now the important stuff, Riders are on the clock.
10:53 – Riders take Keith Shologan. Love it! May be a while before he dons the green but he will be an impact player once he does. Good move by the Riders as we can afford to take a flyer pick since we have no immediate needs.
11:00 – BC take Justin Sorensen. O-linemen are certainly the flavour of the day. I can only assume that Sorensen must be a dirty player if he attracted BC’s attention. If not I guess he can learn from the best (or worst I guess) guys in the league.
And now for something we haven’t seen since the turn of the century… the Bombers will make a first round selection for the first time since 2000. How the hell did they manage to get so good without any first rounders in 8 years?
11:10 – No word yet maybe Taman panicked and is making a last minute deal…
11:11 – In a shocking turn of events Winnipeg actually picks! They select Brendon LaBatte. A good ol’ Regina Ram and the 4th o-linemen in 6 first round picks. I guess given the fact that they still only have 2 QBs they are still thinking they have to stockpile linemen and desperately hope to protect Glenn.
Montreal is up next… I love the fact that Montreal violated the cap and still get to pick ahead of Toronto who adhered to the cap. Come to think of it the Riders did too… So who exactly got punished under the salary cap?
11:21 – Montreal takes Shea Emery. Hopefully he pans out as well for the Als as Henri Childs (who the Riders traded this pick for) turned out for us.
Now Hamilton gets their magic bonus pick under the Salary Cap provisions. I’m guessing they take a flyer on Giguere. They were high on him before and he managed to slide this far due to signing with the Colts.
11:30 – Hamilton ends the first round by taking… Samuel Giguere. Booyeah!!! Guess that’s why they call me the Prophet
Nothing earth shattering in Round 1. On to round 2, where BC picks first after trading with Hamilton last night. Got Markeith Knowlton and kicker Ara Tchobanian in exchange. I guess Knowlton’s parents couldn’t decide between Mark and Keith. That kicker must have had a hard time at school when learning to spell his name.
11:38 – BC takes Rolly Lumballa, FB. Good pick up by the Lions. Too bad I was hoping we’d get a shot at him. Now I just hope he sticks in Miami. And given how bad the Dolphins are I like those odds.
Riders second pick is next…
11:44 – Riders take Jonathan St Pierre, OL. Didn’t really need an o-linemen but I guess it’s never a bad idea to nab one (especially one that can play centre). I’m so-so on this pick. But given how loaded we are on O-line me-thinks a trade is on the way
11:52 – Edmonton uses their first pick in this draft for… you guessed it an o-linemen, Greg Wojt. Given how bad Edmonton’s O-line is they really didn’t have to think too hard about this pick. Thing is Wojt will likely play one more year of college so don’t look for an immediate improvement.
That’s it for now, I will summarize the rest of the draft later.