We start our annual pre-draft look at each team with the team currently slated to pick first overall. Kavis has been very forensic about his preparation... or what ever weird word he uses to describe his "unique" way of running things.
Picks: 9 picks, first selection is 1st Overall
2017 Draft Assessment: Much like pretty much everything related to the 2017 season, the draft was not very good. They had no first rounder because they traded it to BC for Vernon Adams (solid return on that investment). They wasted their 2nd round on a D-lineman (who ended up dressing for just 3 games) despite that being the least pressing need they had. The only real good thing they did was Donte Wright in the 3rd round. Most shocking to me was the bold decision not to draft any O-linemen at all (the only team not to do so).
Potential Pipeline: n/a (at one point they had DL Tyrone Crawford on their neg list but not sure if they still do… not that it matters, he ain’t coming north anytime soon).
They have the ability to start 2 quality Cdn DL in the Westerman brothers with Joseph and Foote for depth. Chris Ackie is another starting calibre defender who can play safety or DB. They also have a decent crop of special teamers and guys like Patrick Lavoie, Tevaughn Campbell and Shaq Murray-Lawrence who can contribute.
Their O-line is old and not very good. Gagnon is really all they have waiting in the wings with the rest of their starters over 32 (maybe they should have drafted an OL or 2 last season). This needs to be addressed. With the exception of DB and DL they pretty much have needs across the board. All their best Canadians are over 30 and very few of their sub-30 group have the potential to be starters.
Ideally what Montreal wants to do is trade down to lower in the first round a get another pick or 2. That said it doesn’t sound like anyone is too eager to make such a trade (especially with no consensus #1 prospect and every team still having a 1st rounder). Logic says if they keep the pick then it has to be an O-lineman and one that is not likely NFL bound. Guys like Dakota Shepley or Ryan Hunter come to mind. A few people have then taking WR Mark Chapman first overall which is a possibility but they need a better line more than they need another receiver Josh Freeman won't be able to complete a pass to. That said Kavis Reed has never been big on logic and may just say screw it and draft another D-lineman.