Brian Bulcke, Defensive Lineman

The Edmonton Eskimos wanted Brian Bulcke so much, they traded back up into the first round to take the Stanford product. The cost of moving up three spots from nine to six was one of Edmonton’s third round picks. Well worth the move to guarantee securing the consensus top defensive lineman available in this year’s draft. I did not see this coming and since I had Bulcke going at fourth overall, getting him at number six is pretty good.

At six-foot-four, 281-pounds, Bulcke projects best at defensive tackle in the CFL  after starting at defensive tackle and nose guard with Stanford. He has had the advantage of playing in one of the most competitive conferences in college football and physically is ready to move to the pro game. He will be however, returning to California to finish his college career this fall before joining the Eskimos in 2011 which will allow him to mature even further.

The Eskimos general manager, Danny Maciocia, despite saying that he was prepared to move forward with his current selections on Friday, was singing a different tune at the conclusion of the draft. A little smokescreen to muddy the waters and keep the other teams on their toes?

“We’ve tried for the last three months to move up into the first round for the simple reason that we wanted Bulcke and we wanted him real bad,” discussed Maciocia. “He’ll come in here next year (2011) and he has the ability to start right away.

“He’s one individual we felt we needed to have here. We haven’t been able to change the ratio along the defensive line. This guy will give us the ability to do so, we just have to wait for about a year, but when he comes here he will be an impact player.”

Defensive tackle, as I mentioned in my roster review, was a position that needed to be upgraded.  With Adam Braidwood coming back from injury this year, and Bulcke coming next year, this should be a position of strength in the near future for the Green & Gold.

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