Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Expansion Draft: Montreal Alouettes

With the Expansion Draft now less than a week away, we resume team by team previews with a look at the East Division. We will start in Montreal where not only are the Als looking at preparing for the draft, they are also looking to preparing for life after Calvillo. I’ll believe it when I see it but he sounds closer to actual calling it a career than ever.

Round 1: Imports
Players likely to be protected: Troy Smith, Jon Bowman, Chip Cox, Geoff Tisdale, SJ Green, Jerald Brown, Duron Carter, Aaron Lavarias, Jamel Richardson, Scooter Berry, Terell Sutton

-       Billy Parker and Kyries Hebert are potential free agents so they are being left off the list.
-       Injury concerns (and the play of Sutton) keep Brandon Whitaker off the list

Who Will Ottawa Take?
Montreal appears to be a receiver factory and Ottawa could greatly benefit from that. Even though he’s coming off a down year I think they will go for Brandon London. He’s a big tall receiver, only one year removed from an 800+ yard season and he’s still pretty young. He would be a solid addition the new offense.

Round 2: Canadians
Players likely to be protected: Mike Edem, Jeff Perrett, Ryan Bomben, Steve Lumbala, Jerome Messam, Andrew Woodruff

-       Big names like Shea Emry, Josh Bourke, Luc Brodeur-Jourdain and Marc-Olivier Brouillette are potential FAs
-       Scott Flory is old and coming off a major injury so he won’t be protected.

Who Will Ottawa Take?
Not sure why but word out of Montreal is that they will not be protecting former 1st round pick OL Kristian Matte. He will be quickly snapped up by Ottawa. He’s young and has plenty of upside, plus Canadian OL are always an area of need.

Round 3: Canadians
Players likely to be protected: Patrick Lavoie, Eric Deslaurier, Mike Klassen, Bo Adebayo, Nicolas Boulay, Pascal Baillargeon

Who Will Ottawa Take?
Likely the REDBLACKS! Go young here and DB Jamahl Knowles would be a decent pick along those.

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