Guess how many Canadians on the Stampeder roster were not drafted or originally recruited by the Stamps? 4. That’s how well they draft and develop. They rarely need outside infusions of Canadian talent. They are lucky they do though because if you look back at their Round1-3 picks from 2014 through 2017, they have just 4 of 16 remaining on the roster, none of which were first round picks.
Picks: 9 picks, first selection is 8th Overall
2017 Draft Assessment: Tough to get a good assessment on the draft at this point as they’ve had next to no impact. That is more a product of Calgary having strong Canadian talent and new players having to bide their time waiting for playing time. Even first round pick Sceviour only suited up for 1 game. In true Stamps form this group may develop into contributors but its’ too early to tell.
Potential Pipeline: OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff (NFL - Kansas City, though I don’t expect to ever see him up north)
Current Strengths: Mrabure, Turner and Wiggan have them set at DL. Despite the loses of Durant and Parker, Brescasin and Lynch should be able to hold down a WR spot. Courtney Stephen give them a legit starting DB. Bergman and Erdos are solid OL. Can’t go wrong with the kicking combo of Parades and Maver.
Current Needs: This is the first time in a long time where I have looked at the Stamps roster and not been overly impressed by their Canadian content. They aren’t in dire straights by any stretch of the imagination. But loses of guys like Singleton and Adeleke along with a lot of the rest of their top picks not panning out (Colling, Lavoie) have them in need pretty much across the board.
Prediction: O-line would seem to be a natural place to focus early as they need depth there. In Round 2 my guess is they target DB Malcolm Lee. It’s a thin class for LB and DB so they will try and get what they can early.
Riley Jones replacing Singleton. Berger over Adeleke. The Stamps are looking vulnerable for the 1st time in awhile. I'm more concerned with all the import talent they lost than the Nationals & that's saying a lot. May be time the Stamps are looking up at a team or two come playoffs. Bad timing with the Cup in Calgary. Would have thought this year they were more aggressive keeping players.
Every fiber of me wants to raise concerns about the Stamps given what they have lost both in terms of Cdn Talent and american talent. But I keep resisting because they always seem to find a way to remain strong. This year may be Hufnagel's biggest test yet.
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