CFL Mock Draft 1.0

The CFL Draft is less than a week away and it’s high time we here at Eskimos Nation did a little prognosticating and determined who would be a best fit for which CFL team. The Green & Gold have only one pick in the first two rounds, sitting in the nine hole, so a good prospect should still be available. Remember that Hamilton forfeited their first round pick in the 2009 Supplemental Draft. Look for updated mock drafts on Wednesday and Friday as NFL signings are reported and teams make their final adjustments prior to the draft.

Round 1

1. Toronto. John Bender, Nevada, OG

Bender is a huge guard that could potentially be a non-import anchor to a rebuilding offensive line. Although Shomari Williams currently tops the list of draft prospects, linebacker is more of a luxury pick while  an offensive lineman fills a greater need. The Argos will pick the better positional value.

2. Saskatchewan. Shomari Williams, Queen’s, LB

Saskatchewan could use a play maker and Williams fits the bill. After the CFL combine, Williams graded out as the top prospect available.  Teams usually have to leery of players who rise quickly on draft boards after the season, but the Rider nation should have nothing to worry about with Williams. They have a tremendous offensive line already, so adding depth can be done later in the draft.

3. BC. Brian Bulcke, Stanford, DL

The Lions, under the watch of Wally Buoano, have always had a strong defensive line with non-imports filling important roles.  Look for the Lions to add to their stable with the 6’4″, 280 lbs Bulcke.

4. Saskatchewan. Joe Eppele, Washington State, OT

This pick could also be Danny Watkins, and after taking a defensive player with their first pick in round one, the Riders select Eppele to add depth to their offensive line. Eppele is 6’8″ will the long arms and athleticism that is required for a successful tackle to keep his quarterback safe.

5. Calgary. Danny Watkins, Baylor, OT

The retirement of longtime lineman Rich Pilon means that Calgary needs to find a replacement in this year’s draft. Watkins fills the need and is also the best available player on the board.

6. Winnipeg. Cory Greenwood, Concordia, LB

Winnipeg recently released Siddeeq Shabazz, which is curious because linebacker is not a position of strength for the Blue Bombers. Greenwood is an intense player that will help Winnipeg in their second line of defence.

7. Montreal. Steven Turner, Bishop’s, WR

The diminutive combine standout is a playmaker and the Alouettes need to add depth to their Canadian receiving depth. The Alouettes have a knack for getting difference makers on their roster and will add the fastest player in the draft.

Round 2

8. Toronto. John Reindeers, Waterloo, OL

Toronto continues their rebuild by adding another talented offensive lineman. Reindeers is a monster at 6’8″, 290 lbs and can help the Argos work their way back to being a playoff team.

9. Edmonton. Taureen Allen, Wilfred Laurier, DB

The Eskimos struggled in their secondary last year and finding some more depth by adding a non-import defensive back is the way to go. Allen is a shutdown corner with first round talent. A steal for the Green & Gold.

10. BC. Joash Gesse, Montreal, LB

The Lions replace the departed Javier Glatt with another non-import linebacker in Gesse. A little undersized at 5’11”, 221 lbs, Geese is a playmaker that relies on his quickness and game smarts. The type of player Wally Buoano loves to have on his roster. 

11. Toronto. Eddie Steele, Manitoba, DT

A rebuilding team needs to add talent to their lines. After going with the offensive linemen with their first two picks, the Argos turn to the defensive line with their second pick of the second round.

12. Hamilton. J’Michael Deane, Michigan State, OL

Hamilton is the last team on the clock and scoop up J’Michael Deane, a versatile lineman that has experience on both sides of the line. Deane will certainly be a project, but he has been graded with having first round talent, so taking him with the 12th pick is good value for the Tiger-Cats.

13. Calgary. Akeen Foster, St. FX, WR

Foster is a huge receiver with tremendous upside. The Stampeders are currently stacked at wide receiver, but a developmental prospect with this type of talent is worth the risk.

14. Montreal. Kristian Matte, Concordia, OL

After adding a playmaker in the first round, Montreal will look to replenish their offensive line by taking local talent Kristian Matte. Matte is good in pass protection which suits the Als game plan to a tee. He has been rumoured to be exploring his options south of the border, but if he can’t find a suitor, Montreal is a good landing spot.

15. Montreal. Rob Maver, Guelph, K/P

Montreal is a stacked team and stacked team’s can afford to make luxury picks like this. Maver is currently ranked as a first round prospect, but a kicker is low on the positional value chart so Montreal once again gets a great player below market value.

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