MICHAEL SAM SIGNS WITH ALOUETTES PDF Print E-mail
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MICHAEL SAM SIGNS WITH ALOUETTES

"Congratulations to the Montreal Alouettes on the signing of Michael Sam. Our players come to us from different places, different walks of life and ultimately they take different paths to get to our fields. Today is another indication of how open and progressive the CFL is - consistent with our rich and storied history of great football tradition. Welcome to Montreal, Michael!" - Jeffrey L. Orridge, Commissioner  

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BC LIONS SEASON PREVIEW MEDIA CALL PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 May 2015 15:41


BC LIONS SEASON PREVIEW MEDIA CALL


Join Lions' President & CEO Dennis Skulsky, GM & VP, Football Ops Wally Buono and Head Coach Jeff Tedford at 1:00 p.m. ET via teleconference on May 22



TORONTO (May 21, 2015) -- The 2015 CFL Season Preview Media Teleconference Series continues on Friday, May 22 at 1:00 p.m. ET with the BC Lions.

Media are invited to participate in Friday's call with President and CEO Dennis Skulsky, General Manager & VP, Football Ops Wally Buono and Head Coach Jeff Tedford.

With rookie camps set to open on May 27 and training camps beginning May 31, the season preview teleconference series is an excellent opportunity for media to receive updates directly from the teams regarding their off-season transactions, training camp storylines, business-related updates and CFL Draft selections.

Call-In Details

What: BC Lions Season Preview Teleconference
Who:    Dennis Skulsky, President and CEO, Wally Buono, General Manager and VP of Football Ops, and Jeff Tedford, Head Coach
When: Friday, May 22, 2015 1:00 p.m. ET
Call-in Number: 416-695-7806 / 888-789-9572
Passcode: 3773583

The 2015 CFL Season Preview Media Teleconference Series will continue on Monday, May 25 at 1:00 p.m. ET with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Monday, May 25: Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Tuesday, May 26: Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The rest of the schedule will be announced and shared publicly with media at a later date.

Please note: Each team's teleconference will include the team's President, General Manager and Head Coach to discuss their preparations for the 2015 season. All teleconferences will begin at 1:00 p.m. ET unless otherwise posted.

 
CFL News - Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 May 2015 16:15

 

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Five things to know heading into the CFL Draft | CFL.ca | Official Site of the Canadian Football League
www.cfl.ca - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:CFL.ca Staff

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Draft Rewind: Five years of first round picks | CFL.ca | Official Site of the Canadian Football League
cfl.ca - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:CFL.ca Staff

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Cheat sheet: Previewing the 2015 CFL Draft - Sportsnet.ca
www.sportsnet.ca - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:Justin Dunk

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DECISION DAY ; Today's CFL draft is loaded with talent -- especially with the big boys on the offensive line
The Toronto Sun - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:KIRK PENTON
Page: S26
SCOTT MITCHELL'S 2015 CFL MOCK DRAFT ; ROUND 1
The Calgary Sun - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:SCOTT MITCHELL
Page: S17
TEAM-BY-TEAM BREAKDOWN
The Toronto Sun - Tue May 12 2015 Page: S27
No Canadians have signed deals from NFL minicamps yet, which may boost CFL draft | 55 Yard Line - Yahoo Sports Canada
ca.sports.yahoo.com - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:Andrew Bucholtz

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Richards ready for next step; U of R wide receiver has high hopes
The Leader-Post (Regina) - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:Ian Hamilton
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Name game ; For Calgary Dinos, CFL journey officially begins on draft day 2015
The Calgary Sun - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:SCOTT MITCHELL CALGARY SUN
Page: S17
football Former Raider ready for CFL FL draft; Jordan Yantz is hoping to be the exception to the rule when it comes to Canadian pro quarterbacks
The Daily News (Nanaimo) - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:Scott McKenzie
Page: B2
Former CFLer, McGill coach Baillie dies at 80 - Article - TSN
www.tsn.ca - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:The Canadian Press

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Moore rips off 87 yards, TD on 11 carries
The Hamilton Spectator - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:Ken Peters The Hamilton Spectator
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Montreal
News - 2 Results
Alouettes reach deal with veteran American punter - Sportsnet.ca
www.sportsnet.ca - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:The Canadian Press

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Als GM on CFL draft: 'You have to take calculated risks'
Montreal Gazette - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:HERB ZURKOWSKY
Page: C3
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Ottawa
News - 1 Results
OTTAWA WOULD BE 'GREAT'
The Ottawa Sun - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:TIM BAINES
Page: 23
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Toronto
News - 4 Results
CFL Draft: What the Argonauts need and who is available
Toronto Star - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:Curtis Rush
Page: S2
Barker ready for another day of draft drama; Argos GM says he wouldn't be surprised to see repeat of last year's pick swapping
Toronto Star - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:Curtis Rush Toronto Star
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'Every scenario' ; Boatmen GM Jim Barker has been known to take a chance on draft day
The Toronto Sun - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:FRANK ZICARELLI
Page: S25
Argos to cross that Bridge?
The Toronto Sun - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:FRANK ZICARELLI
Page: S25
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Hamilton
News - 2 Results
Ticats add veteran DB Johnny Sears Jr. | CFL.ca | Official Site of the Canadian Football League
cfl.ca - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:CFL.ca Staff

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Ticats ready to deal for higher pick; Highly-touted offensive linemen expected to go early
The Hamilton Spectator - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:Drew Edwards The Hamilton Spectator
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Winnipeg
News - 6 Results
Bombers GM Walters entertaining trade talk - Article - TSN
www.tsn.ca - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:The Canadian Press

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Bombers GM talking trade leading up to CFL draft - Sportsnet.ca
www.sportsnet.ca - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:The Canadian Press

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Never say never ; Blue could trade second pick if their man is not available
The Winnipeg Sun - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:KIRK PENTON
Page: S2
BLUE HAT TRICK? ; Bombers can cap solid off-season with good draft
The Winnipeg Sun - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:PAUL FRIESEN
Page: S3
As visions of linemen dance in his head
Winnipeg Free Press - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:Ed Tait
Page: D1
Bombers among teams coveting Demski
The Winnipeg Sun - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:KIRK PENTON
Page: S2
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Saskatchewan
News - 3 Results
Roughriders finally land Hus
The Leader-Post (Regina) - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:Murray McCormick
Page: D3
Taman remains quiet on draft plans
The Leader-Post (Regina) - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:Murray McCormick
Page: D3
Paterson going back to Riders' camp
The Leader-Post (Regina) - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:Ian Hamilton
Page: D2
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Edmonton
News - 3 Results
Eskimos acquire receiver Watson from Roughriders - Article - TSN
www.tsn.ca - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:The Canadian Press

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Esks add veteran receiver to build offensive depth; Watson played five years with Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Edmonton Journal - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:Chris O' Leary
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MIDDLE OF THE ROAD ; Eskimos know what they want from the draft, but will it be there when their turn comes?
The Edmonton Sun - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:GERRY MODDEJONGE
Page: S17
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Calgary
News - 3 Results
STAMPEDERS DRAFTTARGETS
The Calgary Sun - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:SCOTT MITCHELL
Page: S16
RESTOCKING THE CUPBOARD ; Stampeders 'open for business' on eve of draft
The Calgary Sun - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:SCOTT MITCHELL
Page: S16
Q& A with Brian Mahoney ; The Calgary Stampeders' top Canadian scout and assistant director of football operations talks CFL Draft
The Calgary Sun - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:SCOTT MITCHELL
Page: S18
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BC
News - 1 Results
CFL Draft: Five players we would like to see pull on the orange and black. | 3DownNation
3downnation.com - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:Brian Wawryshyn

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Five things to know heading into the CFL Draft | CFL.ca | Official Site of the Canadian Football League
www.cfl.ca - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:CFL.ca Staff
TORONTO – Here’s a list of everything you need to know heading into the 2015 CFL Draft, set to kick off on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.
1. PRIORITY DRAFT ORDER
1. Ottawa 2. Winnipeg 3. Toronto 4. Montreal 5. BC 6. Saskatchewan 7. Edmonton 8. Hamilton 9. Calgary
Barring a trade, every team will have a chance to draft in the first round for the first time since 1996. Since then, either a trade or a defer to the Supplemental Draft has occurred.
There will be seven rounds in the draft.
2. WILL OTTAWA TRADE THE FIRST OVERALL PICK AGAIN?
The REDBLACKS shocked the CFL at last year’s draft when they traded the first-overall pick to Calgary for offensive lineman Jon Gott.
This year, Ottawa again holds the first-overall selection. Would they move it twice? Unlikely, as GM Marcel Desjardins hinted that the team will likely select an offensive lineman with the pick.
3. HOW MANY OFFENSIVE LINEMEN WILL BE TAKEN IN THE FIRST ROUND?
CFL.ca’s prospect insider Justin Dunk released his final mock draft of the first round and it features the names of many offensive linemen. So many, in fact, that he predicts that six of the nine picks in the round will be offensive linemen – including the first five overall. Laval's Danny Groulx moved ahead of Calgary's Sukh Chungh and UConn's Alex Mateas.
4. RECENT DRAFT TRENDS
Over the past 15 years, 66% of draft selections have come from CIS schools. In 2014, 98% of draft picks were from Canadian universities, the largest margin of the last 15 years. In 2013, 73% of picks were from Canadian universities, second largest margin in the last 15 years. In 2012, 47% of draft picks came from NCAA schools, the highest percentage in 14 years (this includes four draft picks from Simon Fraser University which now competes in the NCAA). Offensive linemen have accounted for 25% of all draft picks since 2000, the most for any position group. Defensive linemen and receivers are next at 18% each. The 18 defensive linemen drafted in 2014 are the most drafted at one position group in a single draft in the past 15 drafts. Since 2000, of the 123 first round picks, 43 or 35% have been offensive linemen. U. of Calgary has the most first round selections in the first round of the CFL draft since 2000 with nine. U. of Calgary has had at least one prospect selected in the first round in three straight drafts. U. of Calgary had three first round selections in the 2013 CFL draft, most ever.
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Draft Rewind: Five years of first round picks | CFL.ca | Official Site of the Canadian Football League
cfl.ca - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:CFL.ca Staff
TORONTO - With the CFL Draft just over 24 hours away, it’s time to look back to see how every team has done in the last five years during the first round.
Any football fan would say that it is easier to do a draft in hindsight when determining how a draft selection will pan out. Every new year brings a fresh crop of players who are introduced to CFL fans with only them being able to decide their fate in the league.
Here is a list of the first round picks, per team, in the last five years and in this year’s draft order. Numbers in parenthesis indicate the overall selection of each player.
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Cheat sheet: Previewing the 2015 CFL Draft - Sportsnet.ca
www.sportsnet.ca - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:Justin Dunk
It’s expected to be a “heavy” first round in the 2015 Canadian Football League Draft (check out the draft order here) with many linemen flying off the board early in what is said to be one of the deepest drafts in many years.
There are potential star players available at every position, and yes—that includes quarterback. Let’s get you set with a speed-learning course on Tuesday night’s CFL pick-fest. ELITE TALENT:
Alex Mateas, OL, UConn: No CFL franchise can ever have enough offensive linemen on its roster or in the developmental pipeline, and lucky for teams this draft is replete with talented hogs. Mateas originally accepted a scholarship to Penn State before transferring to the University of Connecticut where he started all 12 games for the Huskies in each 2013 and 2014. The eye in the sky doesn’t lie about Mateas—his game tape might be second to none in this offensive-line class
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DECISION DAY ; Today's CFL draft is loaded with talent -- especially with the big boys on the offensive line
The Toronto Sun - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:KIRK PENTON
Page: S26
No one really knows what's going to happen on CFL draft night.

It's the time of the year when the league executives actually remain quiet about their intentions, trying desperately to keep their plans secret.

So if someone raves about a player, they probably aren't that interested.

If a general manager hasn't mentioned a prospect's name once in interviews leading up to the draft, don't be surprised to see him wearing that team's uniform in training camp.

One thing everyone does agree upon, however, is the depth of this year's talent pool.

Thanks to the CFL's making NCAA redshirt juniors ineligible for the draft and altering which CIS athletes are available, last year's crop was small and this year's should provide quite the bounty for many teams.

There are five or six offensive lineman who are essentially guaranteed starters, from UConn's Alex Mateas to Laval's Danny Groulx to Calgary's Sukh Chungh. There are severalw game-breaking receivers, from Simon Fraser's Lemar Durant to Manitoba's Nic Demski to Regina's Addison Richards.

There are a couple of stud defensive players in defensive backs Chris Ackie of Wilfrid Laurier and Tevaughn Campbell of Regina, and Western defensive tackle Daryl Waud.

Likely due to the shallowness of last year's draft, 20 of the first 27 picks changed hands as teams jockeyed for position to get that one player who could make a difference. This year there is less of a need to move up because of how many talented players are available. Plus, teams are more likely to stay where they are this year in order to grab someone who could be a 10-year starter.

There will likely be a run on offensive linemen early, as the RedBlacks and Bombers both are in need of hogs and other teams will want to scoop up what's remaining as quickly as possible before the stock runs out.

"The headliners are certainly the offensive lineman," TSN draft analyst Duane Forde said Monday. "Of the guys that haven't signed (in the NFL), the guy that I would take first would be Sukh Chungh."

One thing CFL general managers have to worry about each year is Canadians getting NFL shots, and there are five players who have asterisks beside their names. Rice defensive tackle Christian Covington was drafted by the Houston Texans, while UNLV offensive lineman Brett Boyko and Yale running back Tyler Varga signed free-agent deals with the Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts, respectively.

Meanwhile, Waud and Campbell both have mini-camp tryouts with the Washington Redskins this weekend.

Those are less likely to lead to contract offers, but it still might have teams a little wary when it's time to pick.

LATE HITS

Calgary offensive lineman Sean McEwen, who is ranked 10th on the CFL Scouting Bureau list, has informed teams there's a chance he might go back to school this fall … Forde believes a team will draft South Alabama quarterback Brandon Bridge, who didn't get a contract offer after attending Dallas Cowboys mini-camp …The Stampeders and Tiger-Cats go into Tuesday's draft with plenty of ammunition, as both have eight picks … Forde believes Durant is the top receiving prospect based on his size, speed and physicality.

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CFL SCOUTING BUREAU RANKINGS

Spring Edition (NFL prospects in parentheses)

1.DT Christian Covington, Rice (drafted by Houston Texans)

2.OL Brett Boyko, UNLV (signed free-agent contract with Philadelphia Eagles)

3.OL Alex Mateas, Connecticut

4.RB Tyler Varga, Yale (signed free-agent contract with Indianapolis Colts)

5.OL Danny Groulx, Laval

6.OL Sukh Chungh, Calgary

7.DT Daryl Waud, Western (mini-camp tryout with Washington Redskins this weekend)

8.WR Lemar Durant, Simon Fraser

9.WR Nic Demski, Manitoba

10. OL Sean McEwen, Calgary

11. DB Chris Ackie, Wilfrid Laurier

12. WR Addison Richards, Regina

13. OL Jacob Ruby, Richmond

14. LB Byron Archambault, Montreal

15. CB Tevaughn Campbell, Regina (mini-camp tryout with Washington Redskins this weekend)

16. RB Shaquille Murray-Lawrence, UNLV

17. DL Ese Mrabure-Ajufo, Wilfrid Laurier

18. WR Jake Harty, Calgary

19. QB Brandon Bridge, South Alabama

20. LB Nick Shorthill, McMaster
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SCOTT MITCHELL'S 2015 CFL MOCK DRAFT ; ROUND 1
The Calgary Sun - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:SCOTT MITCHELL
Page: S17
1. Ottawa RedBlacks -OL Sukh Chungh, Calgary

He's big, he's mean, he's aggressive, and he's seen by many as the safest lineman in the draft, a player who could step right in at guard and pave the way for a potent rushing attack for years to come. UConn product Alex Mateas is a local kid and could be an option, as could Laval's Danny Groulx.

2. Winnipeg Blue Bombers -OL Danny Groulx, Laval

A big man — 6-foot-6, 325 lb. — who moves very well for his size, the Rouge et Or product might be able to play right tackle in the CFL. The Bombers have a number of interior linemen, so a potential ratio-buster on the edge has to be appealing.

3. Toronto Argonauts -OL Alex Mateas, UConn

This is where the trade action could begin, as teams in the back half of the first round eye the remaining offensive line talent. Argos GM Jim Barker won't shy away from peddling the pick if the price is right. Otherwise, the Argos desperately need a talent infusion up front.

4. Montreal Alouettes -OL Jacob Ruby, Richmond

A four-year starter, Ruby believes he can play left tackle in the CFL. While some personnel people may disagree, at 6-foot-7 and 315 lb., the size is there. This could be another trade spot if GM Jim Popp likes the offers he's getting.

5. B.C. Lions -OL Sean McEwen, Calgary

McEwen is viewed as a plug-and-play type who should be able to contribute right away, but TSN's Farhan Lalji reported Monday the Dinos lineman is considering returning to school this fall, hich could see him fall if teams believe he's serious about completing his degree.

6. Saskatchewan Roughriders -WR Lemar Durant, Simon Fraser

The wildcard of the draft, at this point, Durant is a top-flight talent and one of the most-interesting wide receiver prospects to come along in a few years. He ran a solid 4.55s 40 at the Combine. Fans in Regina might like a Durant-to-Durant connection.

7. Edmonton Eskimos -DB Tevaughn Campbell, Regina

After the 6-foot, 185-pounder blazed a combine record 4.36s, he found himself on the NFL radar and moving up CFL draft boards, as well. Campbell got a look with the New York Giants over the weekend — what Canadian didn't? — but wasn't offered a contract.

8. Hamilton Tiger-Cats -OL Brett Boyko, UNLV

A whole lot of mock drafts will be busted around this point, as the Tabbies seem to be keen on trading up in order to land one of the top offensive linemen, preferably one who is ready to contribute. Boyko signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as a UDFA, but he could be worth the gamble.

9. Calgary Stampeders -LB Nick Shortill, McMaster

The Stamps could go in a number of directions, but with the O-linemen off the board, they may be forced to decide between an offensive weapon such as Manitoba receiver Nic Demski or Shortill, who would help mitigate a number of specialteams losses. Don't bet against them moving up if there's a player they really want, such as Durant or one of the linemen.

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TEAM-BY-TEAM BREAKDOWN
The Toronto Sun - Tue May 12 2015 Page: S27
REDBLACKS

Projected Canadian starters: SAM, DE, DT, WR, LG, C, RG

Analysis: As long as the RedBlacks can start three Canadians on defence again and start a full-time Canuck pass catcher, they should be able to go with only three Canadians on the offensive line. They'll grab one of the top offensive lineman with the first pick on Tuesday, giving them some good competition on the line and also allowing for the option of using four homegrown hogs if required.

Picks (6): 1:1, 2:10, 4:28, 5:37, 6:45, 7:54

TIGER-CATS

Projected Canadian starters: S, CB, DT, LG, C, RG, WR

Analysis: The Ticats took a big hit to their Canadian corps earlier last month when free agent receiver acquisition Spencer Watt and defensive tackle Linden Gaydosh went down with season ending Achilles tendon tears. Just like that, their deep pool of Canadian talent suddenly got shallow. Offensive line should be the priority for the two time defending East Division champs, but at No. 8 they're unlikely to get one of the draft's star hogs.

Picks (8): 1:8, 2:17, 3:20, 3:24, 4:29, 6:51, 6:52, 7:61

ROUGHRIDERS

Projected Canadian starters: WR, WR, LG, C, RG, MLB, WIL

Analysis: The Green and White were once knee deep in Great White North natives, but now the situation is a little leaner. The Riders cut centre Dominic Picard for financial reasons, and there's no sure replacement for him. They traded receiver Cory Watson on Monday, leaving Chris Getzlaf and Rob Bagg as the Canuck pass catchers. Free-agent signee Keenan MacDougall at outside linebacker or running back Jerome Messam are the options for the seventh starting spot. While offensive linemen are needed, might they look at another position for a starter with the sixth-overall choice?

Picks (7): 1:6, 3:26, 4:35, 5:42, 6:47, 6:50, 7:59

BLUE BOMBERS

Projected Canadian starters: WR, WR, DE, CB, LG, C, RG

Analysis: Last week's signing of Canadian defensive end Jamaal Westerman means the Bombers can start seven Canucks and feel comfortable, but they could upgrade at nearly every one of those positions. The offensive line is still a big question mark, especially at right guard, and their receivers aren't game breakers. Winnipeg might also start free-agent acquisition Sam Hurl at middle linebacker if he's able.

Picks (6): 1:2, 2:11, 2:15, 4:33, 5:38, 6:46

LIONS

Projected Canadian starters: RB, LG, C, RG, WR, S, DT

Analysis: The Lions, like the Stampeders, have a ratio-breaking tailback in Andrew Harris, but they're not as deep elsewhere. They have safety Chris Rwabukamba and tackle Jabar Westerman on defence, but if safety doesn't work out they should be able to go with two receivers. Offensive line is where the Lions need the most help, as they have only five Canucks under contract at the position.

Picks (7): 1:5, 2:14, 3:23, 5:41, 5:43, 6:49, 7:58

STAMPEDERS

Projected Canadian starters: RB, DT, WR, LG, C, RG, RT

Analysis: They have the league's best ratio-breaker in running back Jon Cornish and plenty of depth behind him. The same goes for Corey Mace at defensive tackle and whomever they decide to start at receiver, be it Simon Charbonneau, Anthony Parker or Jabari Arthur. Where they could use some more meat is on the offensive line, where they currently have seven players under contract for four spots after losing centre Brett Jones to the NFL's New York Giants during the off-season.

Picks (8): 1:9, 2:18, 3:19, 3:22, 3:27, 5:44, 6:53, 7:62

ARGONAUTS

Projected Canadian starters: WR, WR, C, RT, LG, DE, S

Analysis: The Boatmen have plenty of talented Canucks, from slotback Andre Durie to safety Jermaine Gabriel to veteran offensive linemen Jeff Keeping and Chris Van Zeyl. They also got defensive end Ricky Foley from Saskatchewan in what should be a starter-for-starter swap, with middle linebacker Shea Emry going the other way. The Double Blue has some young hogs, but, like everyone, they could use a couple more. They could possibly go to four Canadian starters on the offensive line this season.

Picks (7): 1:3, 2:12, 3:21, 4:30, 5:39, 7:55, 7:56

ESKIMOS

Projected Canadian starters: S, DT, WR, WR, LG, C, RG

Analysis: The Esks have a bevvy of Canadian receivers, although Shamawd Chambers is recovering from a serious knee injury. They started just two Canadian offensive lineman in the playoffs and they lost one of those starters, Matt O'Donnell, to the NFL this offseason. Also, Simeon Rottier is expected to begin the season on the injured list. Offensive line, like most teams, has to be the priority. Getting a couple more picks might not be a bad idea, either.

Picks (5): 1:7, 2:16, 3:25, 4:34, 7:60

ALOUETTES

Projected Canadian starters: LT, LG, C, RG, RT, S, WR Analysis: The Als boast the CFL's only all Canadian offensive line, which leaves them plenty of wiggle room throughout the rest of the lineup when it comes to their Canucks. Marc-Olivier Brouillette starts at safety, while free-agent receiver signee Sam Giguere has the leg up to start in the receiving corps. It's probably wise for GM Jim Popp to keep stockpiling offensive lineman for depth purposes, which is something he has always done, but receiver might be smart in the first round considering Giguere is on a one year contract.

Picks (7): 1:4, 2:13, 4:31, 4:36, 5:40, 6:48, 7:57
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View photo . UConn centre Alex Mateas could be one of the top CFL prospects. (TSN.ca.)
UConn centre Alex Mateas could be one of the top CFL prospects. (TSN.ca.) It's remarkable how much can change in a week. Last week, the vast majority of the CFL's top 20 prospects received invitations to weekend NFL minicamps (at the very least; top-ranked prospect Christian Covington was drafted in the sixth round, and second- and fourth-ranked prospects Brett Boyko and Tyler Varga signed as undrafted free agents soon after the draft), raising the spectre of a CFL draft where large numbers of the best players were NFL-bound. The actual picture looks far more rosy for the CFL, though, as by Monday afternoon, none of the 11 CFL prospects (9 CIS players and 2 NCAA ones) in camp with the New York Giants had signed contracts.Third-ranked Alex Mateas, ninth-ranked Nic Demski and 19th-ranked Brandon Bridge also attended minicamps with the New York Jets, Cleveland Browns and Dallas Cowboys respectively, but none of them had signed deals by Monday afternoon. This picture could still change by Tuesday's draft (8 p.m. Eastern, TSN/RDS), but right now, it's looking like a lot of top CFL prospects have a strong chance of actually being available to play in the league this year.
The highest-ranked prospect apparently no longer targeted by the NFL is Mateas, who wasn't offered a contract by the Jets following their weekend minicamp. Before that minicamp, he was in Tier II of NFL interest; he didn't receive an invite to the full NFL combine, but took part in other U.S. events (including the College Gridiron Showcase all-star game) and impressed at UConn's pro day. Mateas started his college career as a redshirt at Penn State, then transferred to UConn. Over the last three years, he started 29 of 36 games at centre, including all 24 the past two seasons. His variety of experience, including playing centre in the NCAA and left tackle in the CJFL, and his size (he's listed at 6'4'', 309 pounds), could be attractive to CFL teams looking for a versatile lineman. There was a lot of NFL interest in Mateas before this weekend, though, so it's not implausible he could still be snapped up by a U.S. team at some point.
The players the Giants decided not to sign are also interesting. A couple of the most notable are Laval offensive lineman Danny Groulx and Simon Fraser receiver Lemar Durant, who were both in our March list of five prospects to watch ahead of the draft. Groulx was ranked fifth overall in the final list of top prospects, and he did very well both in college with the Rouge et Or and at the CFL combine. At 6'6'' and 320 pounds, he has the size to play tackle in the CFL, and he seems to have the agility as well. Durant, the top-ranked receiver (eighth-overall) on that final list, has plenty of size (6'2'', 233 pounds) and speed (a 4.55-second 40-yard-dash), and he put up significant yards in Division II with SFU. There are questions about how he'll do against tougher competition, but he seems likely to be a high CFL draft pick as well if no NFL team snaps him up before Tuesday.
Demski and Bridge deserve discussion as well. Although Cleveland passed on Demski, the Manitoba Bisons' product is still a top candidate for the CFL draft, and he has the versatility to potentially contribute as a receiver, a running back or a hybrid role that combines the two (similar to what Toronto's done with Andre Durie). As a pure receiver, he's in the conversation with Durant, so which of them goes first may come down to team preferences.
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Richards ready for next step; U of R wide receiver has high hopes
The Leader-Post (Regina) - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:Ian Hamilton
Page: D1 / Front
When Addison Richards was younger, the mere sight of a CFL player left him tonguetied.

Now he's on the verge of becoming a CFLer himself.

Richards, 21, is expected to be an early selection in today's seven-round Canadian college draft. The University of Regina Rams wide receiver was the 12thranked prospect in the final pre-draft rankings issued by the CFL's Scouting Bureau.

If Richards goes to training camp and sticks with a CFL team, he'll be talking daily with CFL players and coaches - something which he couldn't have imagined doing when he was a boy.

"Anytime I met any professional players, I was just in awe," says Richards, a lifelong resident of the Queen City.

"I remember there was an autograph session at Future Shop and the three Riders there were Nealon Greene, Nate Davis and it might have been (Matt) Dominguez. I remember I couldn't get a single word out because I was so in shock."

Things have changed some since then.

Richards now is an established CIS star who has rubbed shoulders with some of the top football players in North America. His selection in today's draft is a foregone conclusion - and at least one head coach believes Richards's CIS career has reached its conclusion.

"Put it like this: If he's back, it'll shock me," says Mike Gibson, who's entering his first season as the Rams' boss after a lengthy stint as a CFL assistant.

"He's got all the tools: He can run, he can jump, he can catch, he's got length, he's smart. If he doesn't make it, the team he gets drafted by must be a helluva team. Their Canadian talent must be outstanding because he's got too much upside."

While many view Richards as a can't-miss prospect, the man himself isn't getting too far ahead of himself.

"Knowing that your name could be called in the draft is crazy because not many people have that opportunity," Richards says. "It'll certainly be special, but it's just a step; it's certainly not the destination. There's still a lot of work that needs to be done."

A lot of work already has been done.

Richards's football career began in Grade 2, with games on the school playground with his friends. He played in a touch football league in Grade 4 before joining the Vikings in Regina Minor Football's pee wee division.

After one game as a receiver, Richards's days as a pass-catcher nearly ended. Because of injuries, he was asked to play offensive tackle.

"I thought, 'Wow, is this really what's going to happen? I'm a fast, tall guy with good hands and they're sticking me on the O-line?' ' Richards recalls with a chuckle.

"It was pretty bad.

"I was a decent blocker, but I had no idea about blocking schemes, the keys to playing O-line or that kind of thing. I spoke to the coach and he moved me back to receiver. That settled me down a little bit."

As Richards settled into the sport, he had a stint with RMF's bantam Riders before joining the Sheldon-Williams Spartans in his Grade 10 year. He had a tough first year in the Regina Intercollegiate Football League, but he knew things would get better.

"Going into Grade 11, I felt like I was in a position to have a greater impact in terms of the offence," Richards says. "Even then I did work on my own at the Sheldon field. I hadn't found the weight room yet - I was still a pretty skinny guy - but I was fast.

"I had a pretty good year in Grade 11 and ended up being an (RIFL) all-star. Then heading into Grade 12, I knew it would be a great opportunity to showcase myself."

Richards helped the Spartans reach the city final that season and cemented his status as a top-flight university prospect.

He had been approached first by Saskatchewan Huskies head coach Brian Towriss, but a phone call from then-Rams head coach Frank McCrystal prompted Richards to commit to the U of R.

Richards played in six regular-season games as a Rams rookie in 2011, but caught only two passes for 19 yards.

He was in line to start as a sophomore before a hamstring injury suffered in training camp limited him to four regular-season games. He had five receptions for 114 yards in those contests, but added 10 catches for 135 yards and two touchdowns in the Rams' two playoff games.

In Richards's third season, the light went on and he realized he may have a future in the pros.

"With the offence we had, there were lots of chances for receivers to make plays," says Richards, who had 46 catches for 614 yards and one TD in seven regular-season games in 2013. "We had the quarterbacks like Cayman Shutter who were able to put the ball in the air and let guys go make plays.

"After being named a Canada West all-star and an All- Canadian, getting a chance to go to the East West Bowl (CIS all-star game) and getting on the radar and having CFL teams know who you are, that's when it sunk in that, 'Wow! OK, this is something that's attainable now.' ' He became even more convinced after a 2014 campaign in which he set a single-season school record with 55 catches and led the CIS with 916 receiving yards.

He was named a Canada West all-star and a first-team All-Canadian and eventually was one of two CIS players selected to participate in the East-West Shrine Game - the annual NCAA all-star contest.

Richards appeared in each of the three Scouting Bureau rankings through the 2014-15 school year and went to the scouting combine in Toronto in March. He also was invited to a rookie minicamp by the NFL's New York Giants.

Gibson has known Richards only since January, when the veteran coach was hired to replace the retired McCrystal. But Gibson already has seen how appreciative Richards is of the opportunities he has received and how much work he has put into his craft.

"This is just my perception from being in the CFL for a long time, but whoever drafts that kid had better - after the first year - re-sign him for a long time because he's going to be successful," Gibson says. "He really is."

Richards admits the idea of playing professionally "is exciting and terrifying at the same time." He has done everything possible to prepare himself for it, but he's still a 21-year-old whose future is in someone else's hands.

While he still has one season of CIS eligibility remaining - and more work to do on his science degree with a major in biochemistry - he badly wants to take the talent he has been given and use it in the CFL.

His whole career has involved progress, so he's ready to take the final step in football.

"I just kept getting better every year and falling more in love with the game," Richards says. "I never really thought that it'd take me through university or that I'd have a chance in the pros, but that kind of became a dream.

"Now I'm sitting at the brink of that dream. It's pretty exciting how things pan out."

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Name game ; For Calgary Dinos, CFL journey officially begins on draft day 2015
The Calgary Sun - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:SCOTT MITCHELL CALGARY SUN
Page: S17
For many, Sukhjivan Singh Chungh doesn't exactly roll off the tongue.

But following Tuesday's 2015 CFL Draft, the Calgary Dinos offensive lineman will still become a household name in three-down football circles.

The aggressive interior mauler, who ditched a few letters in his given name and goes by Sukh, is just excited to hear his name called, no matter how it's pronounced.

"It's been a lifelong battle," said Chungh, laughing off the difficulties people have had over the years with his Indo-Canadian name.

No matter how you spell it or how you say it, CFL teams have been eyeing U of C's No. 68 for a number of years thanks to his 6-foot-4, 300-lb. frame and a mean streak to go along with it.

The draft process has been a long one for Chungh, who, along with fellow Dinos offensive lineman Sean McEwen and a host of other Canadian prospects, attended a New York Giants mini-camp over the weekend.

Chungh, who was not offered a contract, chalked it up as a learning experience.

"Obviously, a little bit nervous and a little bit anxious, but I just played like I had nothing to lose and we both understood it was sort of a long shot going in," Chungh said. "The talent they had, like their first-round pick Ereck Flowers (out of the University of Miami) and a couple other guys, you could definitely see they've played with better competition through their college career, but Sean and I fit in pretty well.

"It definitely lets you know that the next level is a whole different game."

While the NFL interest has been a bonus, the three-down game has been the Vancouver product's focus.

"It means a lot," Chungh said of Tuesday's draft, which he will watch back home with his family, while the rest of the Dinos potential draftees with gather at McMahon Stadium. "It's initially what I began this whole process in January for. It's going to be an exciting day for myself. Being drafted doesn't mean everything, but you get to show up at the end of May and show them what you're made of. I'm just excited and ready to move on.

"It's been a pretty hectic five months here. It's been pretty jam-packed with travelling back and forth with going to the States a lot and training."

Chungh will hear his name called early Tuesday evening, possibly even first overall to the Ottawa RedBlacks, who are thought to be eyeing a group of four or five offensive linemen with the top pick.

"It would be amazing," Chungh said of possibly being the first player selected. "I really don't even know how to explain how I'd feel because it hasn't happened, but I'm just excited to find out where I'll be playing."

While Chung and McEwen will be selected early, receiver Jake Harty and linebacker Adam Konar will hear their names called, as well, during the middle rounds. There's also a chance Hec Crighton Trophywinning quarterback Andrew Buckley will be drafted late.

"I'm just really hoping to get a shot and get picked up," said Buckley, who posted 28 total touchdowns last season and threw just four interceptions on his way to CIS football's top honour. "I know, in my position as a Canadian quarterback, the looks aren't going to be significant, but I'm just hoping one team's willing to take a chance."

There's also a chance the 6-foot, 201-pounder won't be viewed as a quarterback at all, as teams have asked if he'd be willing to convert to receiver or attempt to play a specialteams l-us role.

"I've been asked by numerous teams if I'd be willing to change positions and they're not maybe set on me as a quarterback," Buckley said. "I think that'd be cool, too, just to try anything out."

Buckley, a Calgary native who went to training camp with the Stampeders last spring and did not look out of place as a signal-caller, last dabbled as a receiver while at Rundle College.

"It's been a while, but, I think, I'm decently athletic, so I could probably pull it off if I put some time and effort into it," Buckley said.
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football Former Raider ready for CFL FL draft; Jordan Yantz is hoping to be the exception to the rule when it comes to Canadian pro quarterbacks
The Daily News (Nanaimo) - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:Scott McKenzie
Page: B2
Canadian professional quarterbacks will never make it, the unwritten rule in football states.

Not even in their home country's league.

Today, however, former Vancouver Island Raiders quarterback Jordan Yantz is hoping someone will give him a chance to be the exception to the rule by calling his name at the 2015 Canadian Football League draft.

"I've gotten some pre-draft calls from five different teams, so I'm excited about that," said Yantz, who holds six different Canadian Junior Football League passing records from his time in Nanaimo. "I'm excited about the opportunity and I think it's going to be pretty positive."

One of the biggest detriments to Canadian quarterbacks is that they are not given the same advantages as other players from north of the border.

Quarterbacks do not count against the quota of 21 "non-import" players CFL teams are required to dress each game. As such, it has been virtually impossible for one to break into the league with Americans dominating the position.

The last Canadian quarterback to be claimed by a CFL team in its draft was University of Ottawa grad Brad Sinopoli, picked in the fourth round in 2011. Sinopoli, though, converted from quarterback to wide receiver. A year before that, Montreal Carabins QB Marc-Olivier Brouillette was drafted by the Montreal Alouettes, however he has been playing on defence, at safety, since then.

Perhaps the most highly touted Canadian quarterback prospect in decades, Kyle Quinlan, signed with the Alouettes in 2011, took snaps in preseason games before retiring in favour of coaching.

No Canadian has started a CFL game at quarterback since Giulio Caravatta did so in 1966 for the B.C. Lions.

But what his peers have done before him have had no bearing on Yantz's future, he insists.

He is training for his CFL rookie season just as he did in Nanaimo for his next game with the Raiders and as he did at the University of Manitoba for his next game with the Bisons.

"I just kept on training like I'm coming into another season," Yantz said, "and hopefully I am coming into another season.

"I never really stopped. I'm basically preparing to go into a camp at the end of this month and be prepared for whatever."

After leading the Bisons to within 11 yards of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport' national championship game, Yantz's football future, for the first time in his life, is unclear.

He has been training with fellow Bison alumni, mostly throwing to Nic Demski, who is trying to be drafted as a receiver. It has now been nearly six

months since Yantz's last football game, and since that time he has gained considerable national media attention for his journey to break into the CFL at the most difficult position to do so.

"A lot of it is good, and a lot of it isn't very good," Yantz said of the extra attention. "Some articles, being a Canadian quarterback, you don't want to read.

"The majority of it, I try to stay away from and guide myself in the right direction and keep going to the gym with the belief that the dream is there and continue to ignore all the distractions and ignore all the negativity from people thinking a Canadian quarterback can't do it."

Today, however, all of the speculation will come to a head if, or when, his name is called by a CFL team at the draft.

Yantz will watch from his parents' home in the city he grew up in, Regina. "I'm just going to be hanging out at home, spending the day with my family," he said. "I'm just going to try to stay focused and realize what I'm doing in that regard, as far as knowing that I'm not going to be a first-or second-round guy. "I'm going to prepare myself for every single scenario, so I'm excited for it and if I get that opportunity I'm going to take it." The 2015 CFL draft begins today at 5 p.m. Also eligible to be drafted are graduated Vancouver Island Raiders Marshall Cook, Dylan Chapdelaine and Ash Gayat.

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Former CFLer, McGill coach Baillie dies at 80 - Article - TSN
www.tsn.ca - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:The Canadian Press
EDMONTON - Former CFL defensive lineman Ray Baillie has died at the age of 80.
The Edmonton Eskimos announced his passing on Monday night.
The Montreal native played 91 games over nine seasons in the CFL, starting his professional career with the Calgary Stampeders in 1954.
He also played for the Montreal Alouettes (1956-57, 1960-61, 1965), Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1957) and Edmonton (1962-63).
Baillie went into coaching with his twin brother Charlie at McGill University in 1965. Charlie was head coach of the Redmen while Ray was the defensive co-ordinator in the 1970s.
In 1973, the Baillies led McGill to the Vanier Cup National Final. Ray also taught part-time at McGill's faculty of education, as well as coached football and taught history at Chomedey High School in Laval, Que.
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Moore rips off 87 yards, TD on 11 carries
The Hamilton Spectator - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:Ken Peters The Hamilton Spectator
Page: S1
Field of dreams indeed.

The last time McMaster running back Wayne Moore touched the football when it mattered at Montreal's Percival Molson Stadium, he was ripping off a massive 50-yard run in the final minutes to give his Marauders a chance to win the Vanier Cup over Montreal.

Montreal would prevail 20-19 on a blocked field goal but, in the biggest game of his life, the 23-year-old fourth-year Mac running back ran 11 times for 111 and scored his squad's only touchdown.

So there was no question Moore was jacked to return to Stade Molson for Saturday's East/West Bowl, a showcase for university players entering their CFL draft season. Joining him were Mac teammates Declan Cross and offensive lineman Zach Intzandt.

And what did Moore do? Just star encore une fois, as they say en français. In a déjà vu performance, Moore ripped off 87 yards on 11 carries and banged into the end zone from 19 yards out in a losing cause, as the East won 29-21.

"I guess it's my lucky field, in some sense, I guess," Moore said Monday about his superlatives on the McGill University campus.

The showcase was everything and more for the Toronto native who rushed 97 times for 492 yards and a 5.1 yards per carry average for McMaster last season.

"It's one of the highlights of my life for sure. Just a great experience. One of the greatest experiences I've ever had," the soft-spoken, rugged running back said.

"Just to experience the intensity of CFL coaches, it's really eye-opening and really motivating."

Moore said the contest brought back Vanier Cup memories. And the presence of some Montreal Carabins players offered additional incentive.

"I knew I had to bring my 'A' game for sure."

"I knew it was a huge opportunity, but I didn't want to get ahead of myself," the six-foot, 220-pound backfield ace said.

"I was really calm going into the game and I just kept telling myself 'You're going to break a run, just be patient.' And it worked out."

The chance came with "32-Zipper."

A running play for Moore just 19 yards from pay dirt.

"I just ran right up the middle and it opened up, and I had to make the free safety miss.

"And it was the exact spot where I scored in the Vanier," Moore said with a laugh.

"I was really, really happy."

It goes without saying that Moore is particularly jacked about the upcoming Marauder season.

While Mac will likely feature the best receiving corps in the country, just consider the backfield. Kesean Davis, Kingsley Amankwaa, Declan Cross, Chris Pezzetta and Moore will ensure Mac can run the ball with great abandon.

Marauder head coach Stefan Ptaszek said Moore obviously likes to make the most of Montreal.

"It's a fun place to play and Wayne has certainly put together two good games in a row in Montreal," he said.

Ptaszek said Moore has emerged as one of the best backs in Canada.

"I think from watching him perform (last) week, Wayne has clearly established he is one of the most talented running backs in the country," Ptaszek said.

Because of Mac's balanced offensive attack, Moore's stats might be understated.

"He might fly under the radar a little bit, but he is as good as there is anywhere in the country," Ptaszek said of Moore.

Ptaszek said he sees a lot of similarities between Moore and former Mac star, Jesse Lumsden.

Mac offensive co-ordinator Jon Behie agreed Moore's latest heroics come as no surprise.

"It's no surprise. We know what Wayne is capable of.

"He had a couple of huge games at the beginning of last year as well. When he has been asked to perform he has always delivered," Behie said.

McMaster starts the season Aug. 30 in Toronto against the Varsity Blues.

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Alouettes reach deal with veteran American punter - Sportsnet.ca
www.sportsnet.ca - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:The Canadian Press
MONTREAL – The Montreal Alouettes signed veteran American kicker Ricky Schmitt to a one-year contract Monday.
Schmitt attended the CFL club’s mini-camp last month in Vero Beach, Fla.
The six-foot-three, 213-pound Schmitt spent last season with the B.C. Lions, averaging 44.5 yard on 139 punts. Schmitt also played two years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
The 29-year-old Virginia native also spent time with the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals (2007, 2012), San Francisco 49ers (2008, 2009), Oakland Raiders (2008, 2009), Tennessee Titans (2010) and San Diego Chargers (2011).
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Als GM on CFL draft: 'You have to take calculated risks'
Montreal Gazette - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:HERB ZURKOWSKY
Page: C3
We know this much on the eve of the Canadian Football League draft. With the fourth overall pick, the Alouettes should get a decent prospect. And even were Jim Popp willing to tip his hand, he claims he doesn't know who Montreal will select.

But it'll probably be one of four players.

"You never know what falls back to you. You have no idea of people's needs, how or why they draft somebody. There are always guys who are surprise picks and guys who fall back," the Als general manager said. "There may be one left or all four.

"And it's not just about that pick. Will some fall back (to the second round)? Do you take a guy because there might be nobody left at that position? You have to be able to change the course in how you're thinking by what gets taken or doesn't. You have to take calculated risks."

The draft, consisting of seven rounds, begins Tuesday night at 8 p.m. The first two rounds, lasting two hours, will be televised by TSN and RDS2, while the final five rounds will be streamlined on cfl.ca. Sixty-two players will be selected, with Edmonton having relinquished its fifth-round pick in the supplemental draft. The Ottawa Redblacks have the first overall choice.

The Als have seven picks - none in the third round, but two in the fourth after swapping draft choices with Calgary when Montreal acquired Larry Taylor in a trade. Taylor, injured most of last season, was recently released.

This year's draft is considered deep, and is particularly topheavy at the offensive line positions. There are also some talented receivers. In 2013, Ottawa was allowed to select red-shirted NCAA players a year before the Redblacks entered the league, hoping that would make the team more competitive, but that rule has since been eliminated. Those potential 2014 red-shirts were pushed back into this year's pool, making it deeper.

Also, with the new collective agreement, more players qualify as non-imports - that classification now tied to citizenship as opposed to number of years of residency.

There could be at least four offensive linemen - probably more - selected in the first round. Alex Mateas, a centre from the University of Connecticut, is expected to go first overall to the Redblacks. Mateas is an Ottawa native. Brett Boyko, an offensive tackle from UNLV, is the top-rated lineman according to the league's Central Scouting Bureau, but he has signed a freeagent contract with the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles.

The top offensive linemen are considered to be Boyko, Mateas, Calgary's Sukh Chungh and his teammate, Sean McEwen. Those four are closely followed by Laval's Danny Groulx.

Some have speculated the Als could take University of Richmond (Va.) offensive tackle Jacob Ruby fourth overall, but there are those who believe his stock is starting to fall, if only slightly. Ruby, who attended mini-camp with the New York Giants but wasn't offered a contract, didn't test well at the CFL evaluation camp last March.

Instead, the Als might be more inclined to select Groulx or his Rouge et Or teammate Karl Lavoie in the opening round. Groulx is primarily a guard although he played some tackle. While Lavoie played tackle, he's projected to be a guard or centre at the pro level.

Both of the Als' tackles, Josh Bourke and JeffPerrett, are in their early 30s. Bourke and right guard Ryan Bomben could become free agents after the season. Montreal took offensive tackle David Foucault in the first round last year, but he cracked the Carolina Panthers' roster and dressed for some games. The Als might never see him.

"We have eight veterans returning (on the offensive line) and we picked up Philip Blake (a third-round draft choice in 2011). We have nine offensive linemen who have all been drafted. Eight are vets. We have a lot of depth there," Popp said.

It's likely the Als will be seeking help at receiver and on the defensive line as well. Montreal signed non-import receiver Samuel Giguère as a free agent and could be looking for some backup depth. Also, the team re-signed Canadian defensive

tackle Michael Klassen, a potential free agent, to a lucrative deal. Should Klassen start, the Als will need a non-import backup.

"It's just a matter of people's needs. All drafts are good. Some are heavier with guys who potentially can start right away," Popp said. "We're in no different a situation than we've been. We're not drafting someone to start for us. We hope we're getting someone that can play and start in the future."

In terms of receivers, Simon Fraser's Lemar Durant is considered the best. At six-foot-two and 235 pounds, he's somewhat of a physical freak and ran the fastest 40 at the CFL combine. But he's not considered a refined player. Instead, he's just physically better. He's closely followed by Manitoba's Nic Demski, who is explosive, fluid and smooth.

While Western defensive lineman Daryl Waud and Regina defensive back Tevaughn Campbell will both attend mini-camp with the Washington Redskins this weekend, no Canadians other than Boyko have signed in the NFL.

Notes: The Als signed free agent kicker Ricky Schmitt to a one-year deal on Monday. Schmitt, primarily a punter and kickoffspecialist, has played in the CFL for British Columbia and Saskatchewan. He attended the team's mini-camp last month in Vero Beach, Fla.

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OTTAWA WOULD BE 'GREAT'
The Ottawa Sun - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:TIM BAINES
Page: 23
Danny Groulx would like to be an Ottawa RedBlack, but the big offensive lineman also wouldn't mind playing in any of the eight other CFL cities.

Groulx, who will watch Tuesday's CFL draft with his Laval teammates at Cosmos, a Quebec restaurant, is excited that his big moment is nearly here.

"I don't know where I'll be going (in the draft)," said Groulx.

"I just want to go where a team wants me. If it's Ottawa, that's great, I've got family there and it would be a great fit for me. I've always wanted to play professional football and if it's not in Ottawa, I'm happy to go somewhere else who wants to give me a chance. I'm still getting calls. I got a call from Edmonton an hour ago."

Groulx was one of several Canadians at a New York Giants rookie mini camp on the weekend.

"It went well, it was a great experience," he said. "I didn't get signed, they already had a full roster of offensive linemen. They already had 16 going to camp."
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CFL Draft: What the Argonauts need and who is available
Toronto Star - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:Curtis Rush
Page: S2
The Argonauts select in the No. 3 hole, barring a last-minute trade, in Tuesday's CFL draft of Canadians, or as they are now known, nationals.

The Ottawa Redblacks have the first pick while the Winnipeg Blue Bombers select second.

The CFL draft goes seven rounds. The Argos own seven total selections, including: third, 12th, 21st, 30th, 39th, 55th and 56th picks.

Each CFL team must start seven Canadians each game and must dress 21 on their 44-man game-day roster, so it's important to draft potential Canadian starters as well as backups to keep the ratio in line.

Here are the Argos' three biggest areas of need:

Offensive line

Many of the so-called "hogs" on the offensive line are at the tail ends of their careers and they are now high-priced, so look for general manager Jim Barker to draft some youth to feed the pipeline. Backup OL Wayne Smith is 35, centre Jeff Keeping is 32 and right tackle Chris Van Zeyl is 31. The Argos also lost starting OL SirVincent Rogers to Ottawa in free agency.

Top OL prospects: The top-rated offensive linemen are Brett Boyko (UNLV), Alex Mateas (UConn), Danny Groulx (Laval) and Sukh Chungh (Calgary).

Wide Receiver

The Argos could use another Canadian wide receiver to replace Spencer Watt, who was lost to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in free agency. The Argos like to have Canadians at slotback or wide receiver and have gotten good use of Andre Durie, Mike Bradwell and Anthony Coombs. If they feel second-year player Natey Adjei is ready for a starting role, the Argos may stay away from receivers.

Top WR prospects: Lemar Durant (Simon Fraser) and Nic Demski (Manitoba). Both have received interest from the NFL, but have yet to sign contracts.

Defensive line

The Argos reacquired Canadian defensive end Ricky Foley from the Saskatchewan Roughriders. But depth is a problem on the defensive line. If Cleyon Laing goes down with an injury - he was injured for a good part of last season - the Argos have no Canadian backups on the defensive line.

If they don't draft a defensive lineman, the Argos would then be locked into playing Americans at the backup positions.

Top DL prospects: Daryl Waud (Western), Ese Mrabure-Ajufo (Wilfrid Laurier) and Christian Covington (Rice).
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Barker ready for another day of draft drama; Argos GM says he wouldn't be surprised to see repeat of last year's pick swapping
Toronto Star - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:Curtis Rush Toronto Star
Page: S2
While Toronto Argonauts general manager Jim Barker was being interviewed by reporters for a draft preview at the team's Downsview Park offices, his mobile phone went off twice in just a few minutes.

Barker has been fielding calls from other general managers inquiring about trades prior to Tuesday's CFL draft of Canadians and he expects the activity to heat up in the hours leading up to the draft, which starts at 8 p.m.

"Everybody is trying to feel each other out," Barker said, adding this draft is deep. "It's busier than last year, but that's because we're drafting higher."

The Argos have the third overall pick behind Ottawa, which picks first, and Winnipeg in the second hole.

Last year, the drama started 30 minutes before the draft, when the Redblacks traded their No. 1 overall pick to the Calgary Stampeders.

The Redblacks later shipped backup quarterback Kevin Glenn to the B.C. Lions for the No. 5 overall pick from the Lions. They then flipped picks with Montreal to trade up to No. 4 from No. 5.

"You can't ask for more drama than what last year's draft brought, and it wouldn't shock me to see the same thing happen this year," Barker said.

The Argonauts can only hope they do as well in the CFL draft as they did last year.

In 2014, the Argos selected Manitoba Bisons running back Anthony Coombs with the third pick in the draft after pulling off a trade with Edmonton to move up from No. 6 overall.

Rookies don't normally jump into the starting lineup immediately, especially at running back.

However, injuries opened the way for Coombs to crack the lineup and he didn't disappoint. In three games, he carried the ball eight times for 75 yards and added 22 catches for 214 yards before going down with a season-ending injury.

From last year's draft, the Argos had five players make the team, including Coombs. Those were defensive lineman Jaskaran Dhillon, linebacker Thomas Miles, fullback Alexandre Dupuis and defensive back Eric Black.

The Argos will be looking for Canadians to supply depth and to play on special teams.

The No. 1 prospect, as determined by the CFL Scouting Bureau, is defensive lineman Christian Covington out of Rice University. However, his name won't likely be called until the later rounds because he was selected by the Houston Texans in the sixth round of the NFL draft.

There are other Canadians who have attracted interest from the NFL, including Mississauga quarterback Brandon Bridge (South Alabama), Yale running back Tyler Varga and receivers Lemar Durant (Simon Fraser) and Nic Demski (Manitoba). Their draft value could fall as a result.
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'Every scenario' ; Boatmen GM Jim Barker has been known to take a chance on draft day
The Toronto Sun - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:FRANK ZICARELLI
Page: S25
Just about anything and everything is on the table, trading down to acquire more picks and potentially trading up if some move makes sense for the Argos.

It's been that way for Jim Barker, the way of football life on draft day, unafraid to pull the trigger on whatever deal gets presented, if such a transaction better positions the Double Blue.

Whether it's the best player available, whether a draft pick addresses a need, Barker has shown a willingness to be open and quite proactive, covering all bases and executing the right plan of attack that leaves very little room for surprises.

"I've said it since I've been in the league, the CFL draft is like no other in the world,'' said Barker on the eve of Tuesday's CFL draft.

"You have the NFL dynamic and at what point do you take guys who are under contract with NFL teams.

"What do you do with them? It makes the CFL unique because there are so many different factions in play, signability and those kinds of things."

No matter the sport, this time of the year with a draft drawing closer ushers in all kinds of rumours and speculation, most of it generated by teams looking for any edge.

There's no consensus, no telling how Tuesday's process will play out, no way in predicting what the Argos will do with the third-overall pick, the reward for a missing the playoffs following an eight-win season.

A year ago, the Argos were coming off a 10-win season, but moved up to the third slot to take Anthony Coombs, a gem who was forced to fill in at slot-back for an injured Andre Durie.

Coombs also had the requisite skills needed to play at running back in the Argos system, but his rookie season was cut short with a shoulder injured he suffered in Montreal.

For the Argos, Coombs was the perfect player, the best player available, the best player who best fit the Argos' passing system and how running backs are used on check downs, a scheme that demands backs can make would-be tacklers miss in the open field.

Jaskaran Dhillon, who is expected to be ready for this year's camp following eye surgery, Thomas Miles, who has a chance to start at linebacker, and Alexandre Dupuis, a bruising blocking back with decent hands, would also be drafted by the Argos.

There's depth this year, but there's also the real possibility of draft-day moves, the kind of day Barker relishes.

Naturally, teams have inquired about the Argos' No. 3 slot as talk heats up.

During his media availability, Barker said his phone rang twice.

Barker and his staff spent all day Sunday preparing for the draft, finding time to work out some local players.

"It's pretty busy right now,'' said Barker.

"You try to plot your strategy, try to plot what kinds of things you might do on draft day and what happens if this happens.

"You go through every possible scenario to the point where it makes you punch drunk looking at the board.

"That's how you have to be. We're going through every scenario."

Heading into the draft, the Argos have seven draft slots, pieces they can conceivably package in trying to obtain a Canadian receiver with experience, an offensive lineman or any other position that represents an upgrade.

Barker hasn't been that active in free agency, a period that normally sees teams overpay on players.

There was a loss this off-season when Spencer Watt, whom the Argos drafted, and Anthony Woodson both headed to Hamilton via free agency in what was believed to be a bidding war, at least by CFL standards.

Watt has an injury history and it's believed the Argos offered an incentive-based deal, while Hamilton was completely all in with a guaranteed contract.

As fate would have it, Watt injured his Achilles during training and is likely to miss the entire season.

The Argos may uncover the next Watt or they may take a flyer on an NFL guy whom the team feels may eventually land in Toronto similar to the road taken by Cory Greenwood and Tyler Holmes.

Anything is possible, in other words, on draft day.

Teams in the CFL are only as good as their Canadian talent and there's no such thing as having too much depth when it comes to Canadian talent.
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Argos to cross that Bridge?
The Toronto Sun - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:FRANK ZICARELLI
Page: S25
It's unlikely the Argonauts will take a quarterback in Tuesday's CFL draft, but stranger things have happened and there's no telling what will happen to Brandon Bridge (South Alabama).

The Mississauga native would probably be picked in the first round if the CFL had rules that promoted a Canadian quarterback, but it doesn't.

Argos GM Jim Barker signed Danny Brannagan five years ago, but the Queen's product didn't show enough to warrant a roster spot.

The Argos are entering some quarterback uncertainty with Ricky Ray recovering from shoulder surgery.

Barker said on Monday that Ray has been cleared to throw, but no one knows how he'll react and how long it'll be until he's able to play.

The team is behind Trevor Harris, who started for an injured Ray in last season's finale against visiting Ottawa.

Harris and Zach Collaros both joined the Argos in 2012, but it was Collaros the team would turn to two years ago when Ray was hurt.

Harris knows the offence and he'll be the No. 1 quarterback when camp opens with Mitchell Gale second and Logan Kilgore, who had a good camp in Florida, third.

There's a spot for a fourth QB because the Argos plan on taking whatever time is necessary to get Ray ready.

It could be a Canadian.
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Ticats add veteran DB Johnny Sears Jr. | CFL.ca | Official Site of the Canadian Football League
cfl.ca - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:CFL.ca Staff
HAMILTON -- The Hamilton Tiger-Cats bolstered their secondary on Monday, announcing the signing of veteran CFL defensive back Johnny Sears Jr.
Sears Jr., a 6-1, 193-pound native of Fresno, California, joins the Tiger-Cats after spending the past five seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. In 35 career games he registered 127 tackles, six interceptions, four fumble recoveries and one sack. The 28-year-old also totaled 200 kick return yards on 11 attempts (18.2 yards per return) for the Bombers.
"Johnny is an incredibly athletic and versatile defender. He can play more than one position in our defensive backfield, and has the ability to make the type of big plays that can change the outcome of a game," said Ticats General Manager and Head Coach Kent Austin.
Prior to arriving in Winnipeg, Sears Jr. played in four preseason games with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010 after earning a free agent tryout. The Eastern Michigan product started nine games during his senior season with the Eagles, making 37 tackles, seven pass deflections and one blocked punt. He also returned 33 kickoffs for 755 yards (22.8 yards per return).
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Ticats ready to deal for higher pick; Highly-touted offensive linemen expected to go early
The Hamilton Spectator - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:Drew Edwards The Hamilton Spectator
Page: S1
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats may be trying to move up in Tuesday's CFL draft.

The team currently holds the eighth overall pick but general manager and head coach Kent Austin acknowledged that he's been talking to other clubs across the league.

"We've had some discussions, nothing of much substance at this point," Austin said. "But I would anticipate some moves."

Though Austin was predictably short on specifics, the sense is that the Ticats are after one of the highly-touted offensive lineman that are expected to be taken early in the draft, players like the University of Calgary's Sukh Chung, Laval's Danny Groulx and the University of Connecticut's Alex Mateas. TSN draft analyst Duane Forde says he expects a number of the big boys to come off the board early.

"If you're looking for a guy to be on your roster and potentially start for you this year, I'd be holding my breath at No. 8," Forde said. "To be sure of getting on those elite guys, you'd probably want to move up."

The Ticats also have four picks between No. 17 and 29 in what's considered one of the deepest drafts in recent years. They could package picks to secure a higher selection in the first round or deal from their stockpile of Canadian defensive tackles or elite-level special teams players.

Austin said the team may also look to provide some depth after season-ending injuries to both Canadian receiver Spencer Watt and defensive tackle Linden Gaydosh.

"I typically believe in the philosophy of taking the best football player available, but in light of what's occurred this off-season that may influence what we do," Austin said.

By moving up, the Ticats could take some of the uncertainty out of the draft process and allow them to secure a player near the top of their draft board.

"The mock draft only goes so far. There are individual players you mock draft with, meaning there might be some players you're more interested in than others that might be on or off the board at the time we pick," Austin said.

"We'll go through some 'what if' scenarios."

Notes: Ticats signed free agent Johnny Sears Jr., a 6-foot-1, 193-pound defensive back who spent the last five seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. In 35 career games, Sears Jr., 28, registered 127 tackles, six interceptions, four fumble recoveries and one sack. He played mostly the strong side linebacker position for the Bombers and can also return kicks … Ticats selections in Tuesday's draft: 8, 17, 20, 24, 29, 51, 52, 61 … The first two rounds of the CFL draft will be broadcast on TSN starting at 8 p.m., with the remainder streamed on TSN.ca … Edmonton Eskimos acquired Canadian receiver Cory Watson and a 2016 second-round pick from the Saskatchewan Roughriders for the rights to long-snapper Jorgen Hus and a 2016 third-round selection … The Alouettes have signed punter Ricky Schmitt, who played 17 games with B.C. Lions last season. He also spent two years with the Roughriders where he was named the team's Most Outstanding Special Teams Player for the 2013 season … The Riders have signed national offensive linemen Kyle Paterson, who played at the University of Regina, and St. Francis Xavier product Terry Hart.

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Bombers GM Walters entertaining trade talk - Article - TSN
www.tsn.ca - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:The Canadian Press
Kyle Walters is a popular person these days.
The Winnipeg GM has the No. 2 pick in the CFL draft Tuesday night and three selections in the top 15 of a very deep talent pool. That's good news as Walters retools a Blue Bombers squad that missed the playoffs with a 7-11 record last year.
But it also means spending a lot of time on the phone with rival GMs looking to deal in order to move up in the draft.
"Things are hectic, the phone has have been ringing off the hook," Walters said Monday. "There's a big difference between making a trade offer and actually making a trade.
"There's a lot of offers and talk right now but nothing real serious."
The Ottawa Redblacks once again have the No. 1 pick but last year GM Marcel Desjardins dealt it and the rights to centre Marwan Hage to Calgary (which took Laval centre Pierre Lavertu at No. 1) for all-star centre Jon Gott. Desjardins also sent quarterback Kevin Glenn to the B.C. Lions for the No. 5 spot, then made another deal with Montreal to move up to No. 4 to take Montreal Carabins defensive back Antoine Pruneau.
Desjardins has said he anticipates holding on to the No. 1 pick Tuesday — to likely take an offensive lineman — with Walters expecting to follow. The Toronto Argonauts hold the No. 3 pick, followed by the Montreal Alouettes, B.C. Lions, Saskatchewan Roughriders, Edmonton Eskimos and Hamilton Tiger-Cats before the Grey Cup-champion Calgary Stampeders round out the opening round.
TSN will broadcast the first two rounds live, starting at 8 p.m. ET.
Vancouver's Christian Covington, a defensive end at Rice, sits atop the CFL scouting bureau's final top-20 prospects list. But Covington — the son of Canadian Football Hall of Famer Grover Covington —is expected to fall from the first round after being drafted by the NFL's Houston Texans.
So too are second-ranked prospect Brett Boyko, a Saskatoon-born offensive lineman from UNLV, and Yale running back Tyler Varga of Kitchener, Ont., who finished at No. 4. They signed contracts with signing bonuses with the Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts, respectively, as free agents.
Even with Covington, Boyko and Varga expected to fall, Barker said there's no shortage of blue-chip prospects for clubs to consider with their early picks.
"I think the strength is the depth of it," he said. "I think you're going to see more guys in rounds two through four make teams this year.
"I've taken more calls this year because I think more people understand that. Usually we're drafting lower so we don't get calls but at No. 3 you're getting one the upper echelon players and we're happy to be there. It's going to take a lot to get us to move."
A look at the remaining top-10 prospects bears that out with four offensive linemen (UConn's Alex Mateas, Laval's Danny Groulx and Calgary Dinos Sukh Chungh and Sean McEwen), a defensive lineman (Western's Daryl Waud) and two receivers (Simon Fraser's Lemar Durant and Manitoba's Nic Demski).
"Generally the draft is judged on the depth of the offensive linemen and there's a good group this year," Walters said. "There's four, five, six offensive linemen that are projected to go pretty high and that sort of starts the draft.
"Positionally across the board everybody's going to find two or three guys at each position they like who'll help their team."
Another interesting prospect is quarterback Brandon Bridge. The native of Mississauga, Ont., attended the Dallas Cowboys mini-camp last weekend as an undrafted free agent but didn't sign an NFL contract.
The six-foot-four, 220-pound Bridge finished ranked No. 19 by the CFL scouting bureau after passing for 1,927 yards with 15 TDs and eight interceptions at South Alabama last season.
Barker has also never been afraid to pull off a draft-day trade. Last year, he made a deal with Edmonton to move up to No. 3 and take Manitoba running back Anthony Coombs.
If Barker makes a trade Tuesday it will likely be to move down in the draft. But it won't change his approach.
"We've always been get the best guy available and the best guy for our team.," Barker said. "When you have multiple player trades, to me the person who gets the best player wins the trade.
"It's the same thing in the draft. If you have a chance to get the best player you take it."
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Bombers GM talking trade leading up to CFL draft - Sportsnet.ca
www.sportsnet.ca - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:The Canadian Press
Kyle Walters is a popular person these days.
The Winnipeg GM has the No. 2 pick in the CFL draft Tuesday night and three selections in the top 15 of a very deep talent pool. That’s good news as Walters retools a Blue Bombers squad that missed the playoffs with a 7-11 record last year.
But it also means spending a lot of time on the phone with rival GMs looking to deal in order to move up in the draft.
"Things are hectic, the phone has have been ringing off the hook," Walters said Monday. "There’s a big difference between making a trade offer and actually making a trade.
"There’s a lot of offers and talk right now but nothing real serious."
The Ottawa Redblacks once again have the No. 1 pick but last year GM Marcel Desjardins dealt it and the rights to centre Marwan Hage to Calgary (which took Laval centre Pierre Lavertu at No. 1) for all-star centre Jon Gott. Desjardins also sent quarterback Kevin Glenn to the B.C. Lions for the No. 5 spot, then made another deal with Montreal to move up to No. 4 to take Montreal Carabins defensive back Antoine Pruneau.
Desjardins has said he anticipates holding on to the No. 1 pick Tuesday — to likely take an offensive lineman — with Walters expecting to follow. The Toronto Argonauts hold the No. 3 pick, followed by the Montreal Alouettes, B.C. Lions, Saskatchewan Roughriders, Edmonton Eskimos and Hamilton Tiger-Cats before the Grey Cup-champion Calgary Stampeders round out the opening round.
TSN will broadcast the first two rounds live, starting at 8 p.m. ET.
Vancouver’s Christian Covington, a defensive end at Rice, sits atop the CFL scouting bureau’s final top-20 prospects list. But Covington — the son of Canadian Football Hall of Famer Grover Covington –is expected to fall from the first round after being drafted by the NFL’s Houston Texans.
So too are second-ranked prospect Brett Boyko, a Saskatoon-born offensive lineman from UNLV, and Yale running back Tyler Varga of Kitchener, Ont., who finished at No. 4. They signed contracts with signing bonuses with the Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts, respectively, as free agents.
Even with Covington, Boyko and Varga expected to fall, Barker said there’s no shortage of blue-chip prospects for clubs to consider with their early picks.
"I think the strength is the depth of it," he said. "I think you’re going to see more guys in rounds two through four make teams this year.
"I’ve taken more calls this year because I think more people understand that. Usually we’re drafting lower so we don’t get calls but at No. 3 you’re getting one the upper echelon players and we’re happy to be there. It’s going to take a lot to get us to move."
A look at the remaining top-10 prospects bears that out with four offensive linemen (UConn’s Alex Mateas, Laval’s Danny Groulx and Calgary Dinos Sukh Chungh and Sean McEwen), a defensive lineman (Western’s Daryl Waud) and two receivers (Simon Fraser’s Lemar Durant and Manitoba’s Nic Demski).
"Generally the draft is judged on the depth of the offensive linemen and there’s a good group this year," Walters said. "There’s four, five, six offensive linemen that are projected to go pretty high and that sort of starts the draft.
"Positionally across the board everybody’s going to find two or three guys at each position they like who’ll help their team."
Another interesting prospect is quarterback Brandon Bridge. The native of Mississauga, Ont., attended the Dallas Cowboys mini-camp last weekend as an undrafted free agent but didn’t sign an NFL contract.
The six-foot-four, 220-pound Bridge finished ranked No. 19 by the CFL scouting bureau after passing for 1,927 yards with 15 TDs and eight interceptions at South Alabama last season.
Barker has also never been afraid to pull off a draft-day trade. Last year, he made a deal with Edmonton to move up to No. 3 and take Manitoba running back Anthony Coombs.
If Barker makes a trade Tuesday it will likely be to move down in the draft. But it won’t change his approach.
"We’ve always been get the best guy available and the best guy for our team.," Barker said. "When you have multiple player trades, to me the person who gets the best player wins the trade.
"It’s the same thing in the draft. If you have a chance to get the best player you take it."
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Never say never ; Blue could trade second pick if their man is not available
The Winnipeg Sun - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:KIRK PENTON
Page: S2
The Bombers have the No. 2 pick in Tuesday night's CFL draft, and it doesn't look like general manager Kyle Walters is going to trade it away.

Then again, never say never.

"I'm quite confident we're going to stay at number two, but the closer it gets to the actual draft the talks get a little bit more serious. We'll see," Walters said Monday. "There will be a number. When you're trading down, there's that number that you're going to feel comfortable with, and that's going to be determined by the number of guys on that board that we want. You're not going to go below that number."

The Bombers have determined their top choice, but the only problem is the Ottawa RedBlacks will be picking first. If Winnipeg trades down after Ottawa's pick, that likely means the RedBlacks took their man.

The Blue and Gold will be able to trade down on Tuesday night if they so choose because the draft is one of the deepest in a long time thanks to nearly two years worth of prospects being available due to eligibility changes. Walters said there are "five or six" top level offensive linemen in the draft, and it's no secret that's where the Bombers need to focus.

Even though Winnipeg currently has seven Canadian starters it could feel comfortable with, including three offensive linemen, right guard is a big question mark. Sophomore Matthias Goossen, a natural centre, and Paddy Neufeld, who can't stay healthy and is making a lot of money, are the two candidates right now. The Bombers, therefore, need to throw another guard in the mix.

That means they will need to determine if Alex Mateas, Sukh Chungh or Danny Groulx is the best choice.

Mateas is a natural centre from the University of Connecticut but is rated No. 1 among the three by the CFL Scouting Bureau. Groulx was a star right tackle at Laval, but CIS trained tackles don't fare well in the CFL. Chungh, meanwhile, is the only natural guard among the three. TSN draft analyst Duane Forde said Monday during a league sponsored conference call that Chungh, who played for the Calgary Dinos, is the best offensive lineman available who isn't under contract to an NFL team, so that includes Mateas and Groulx.

Glaring need

The Bombers don't need their first draft pick to play this year, but they still have one of the worst groups of Canadian talent in the league. It's just that there's no slam dunk selection to fit a glaring need, which makes it somewhat of a tough choice for the Blue and Gold.

"We're still kind of drafting … between need and talent," Walters said. "Hopefully after this draft we'll fill some of those needs and move towards not really having a whole lot of needs. I don't know if that's realistic or not for anybody, but that's what we're working towards."

Receiver is another area of need, although it might not be as important if free agent acquisition Sam Hurl can do the job at middle linebacker. If Hurl proves capable, then the Bombers would have to start only one Canadian receiver. If they're unsure about Hurl, there should be a pretty good receiver available at No. 11. Heck, even if they are sure about Hurl they could use another pass catcher, whether it's Manitoba's Nic Demski, Simon Fraser's Lemar Durant or Regina's Addison Richards.

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Winnipeg's selections in the 2015 CFL draft, which goes Tuesday at 7 p.m. CDT:

FIRST ROUND

* 2nd overall

SECOND ROUND

* 11th overall

* 15th overall -acquired from Saskatchewan in Cory Watson trade

THIRD ROUND

* no selection -traded to Hamilton for LB Abe Kromah

FOURTH ROUND

* 33rd overall -original 29th overall pick traded to Hamilton for Brian Brohm; this pick acquired from Saskatchewan in Alex Hall/Paddy Neufeld trade

FIFTH ROUND

* 38th overall

SIXTH ROUND

* 46th overall

SEVENTH ROUND

* no selection -traded to Toronto for QB Josh Portis
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BLUE HAT TRICK? ; Bombers can cap solid off-season with good draft
The Winnipeg Sun - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:PAUL FRIESEN
Page: S3
They scored big in free agency, rebuilding a leaky offensive line and nabbing a defensive starter with a few strokes of the pen.

They averted potential disaster by locking up quarterback Drew Willy with a longterm deal that'll keep him off the market.

Tuesday night, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will try to complete the off-season hat trick by scoring big in the annual draft.

To say this year's draft is the most important one in the recent history of the Bombers might be a stretch.

But that might be because the Bombers have blown it so often in the recent past.

With the No. 2, No. 11 and No. 15 picks in a Canadian meat market that's easily the deepest one in years, the Bombers have a chance to restock a cupboard that's been barer than Mother Hubbard's.

"We want a good football player," was GM Kyle Walters' answer to a Monday question about what he wants with his first pick.

Problem is they don't always get one.

This annual shindig has produced more misses than hits for the blue and gold.

And while it's far from an exact science for even the best organizations, the Bombers have made it look like a game of blindfold darts.

Of five first-round picks in the last four years, only O-lineman Matthias Goossen remains with the team.

OK, linebacker Henoc Muamba was a fine choice, leaving for the NFL's greener paycheques after growing into a starter, here.

But after taking Muamba with the first pick overall in 2011, the Bombers made one first-round mistake after another, after another.

Defensive end Andy Mulumba was a talent, but he went straight to the NFL two years ago.

"That's the challenge and the frustration, and it's just part of the Canadian draft," Walters said of seeing a pick go south. "When are you, if ever, going to see him? That's part of the risk."

That's the kind of misjudgement the Bombers can't afford to make again.

So are these: Jade Etienne and Tyson Pencer.

Yeah, they came in under a different boss, one who thought he was smarter than everybody else.

Walters watched Joe Mack's work and we presume, learned from it.

We're still not sure what the final verdict will be on his first prime pick as the GM.

Goossen will try to earn a starter's job in his second year, and appears to fall somewhere between Pencer, the low-water mark, and 2008 pick Brendon LaBatte, who'd go on to become the CFL's top lineman and Grey Cup champ —for somebody else.

But this time around Walters should be able to score big.

There should be no going "off the board" on Tuesday, no diamonds in the rough, no projects -just the second-best O-lineman, presuming the best one goes first.

Walters and his staff have pegged five or six hogs as prime Canadian beef, and that's where this dog has to eat.

A homegrown receiver like the U of M's Nic Demski might be a great story, but the Bombers need to find Willy's next best 300-pound friend.

They wouldn't admit it, but management and coaches failed their quarterback last season, shoving him into battle with average receivers, a below average running attack and, most critically, the worst O-line in the CFL.

They've spent the better part of the off-season, and wheelbarrows full of cash, rectifying that, most notably the free-agent signings of centre Dominic Picard and import tackle Stanley Bryant.

But you can't find free-agent patches that stick every year.

They need the next LaBatte, that homegrown lineman a team can build around, longterm.

If there was a silver lining to the black cloud of missing the playoffs yet again last season it emerges on Tuesday, with an early pick in a draft rich with talent.

It's been a nice off-season for Walters and Co., so far.

Not only did they buy protection for Willy, they out-muscled a few teams for Canadian D-lineman Jamal Westerman, who came north after five years in the NFL.

It's a far cry from Mack's old philosophy of shying away from free agents.

Tuesday marks a chance to start a new identity where it matters even more.
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As visions of linemen dance in his head
Winnipeg Free Press - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:Ed Tait
Page: D1
Drag your finger down the list of Winnipeg Blue Bombers draft picks over the last few years and two things become instantly and abundantly clear:

1. No wonder the CFL's annual Canadian draft is often referred to as the ultimate in sporting crapshoots and;

2. Little wonder the Bombers have missed the playoffs the last three seasons and in four of the last five years.

Consider this: dating back to 2007, only one of the Bombers' first picks in the draft — Matthias Goossen, selected second overall last year — is still with the team. Two players, Henoc Muamba (First overall in 2011, now with Indianapolis) and Andy Mulumba (second overall in 2013, now with Green Bay) are in the NFL. Two more, Mike Morris (19th overall in 2009) and Tyson Pencer (third overall in 2012) were busts and another trio, Cory Watson (ninth overall in 2010), Brendon Labatte (sixth overall in 2008) and Corey Mace (11th overall in 2007) are now with division rivals Edmonton, Saskatchewan and Calgary.

That, to sum up, is how you mess up a franchise.

So, as Bombers brass enter tonight's draft with three of the Top 15 picks — second, 11th and 15th overall — there is a very real sense if they can get this right the club could take another monumental step toward respectability.

And barring any last-minute surprises, they will almost certainly select an offensive lineman with the second pick in the draft — either Alex Mateas of UConn; Sukh Chungh or Sean McEwen, both of Calgary or Laval's Karl Lavoie or Danny Groulx — depending on whom the Ottawa Redblacks select with the first overall pick.

Worth noting here: Mateas, a centre who can also play guard, is from the Ottawa area.

Worth noting here II: the O-lineman whose stock is climbing the most in the hours leading up to the draft is Chungh, the Dinos' 6-4, 300-pound guard who was All-Canadian in 2013 and 2014.

"Things have been hectic this morning. Phone's been ringing off the hook," said Bombers GM Kyle Walters in a media conference Monday. "There's a lot of talk right now. There's still a lot of stuff going on between now and 7 o'clock tomorrow night. But there's a big difference between talking and actually doing some deals. Everybody gets antsy right now. It's about as much trying to gather information for your own behalf so you can put scenarios out there to see what you can gather.

"I'm quite confident we're going to stay at No. 2, but the closer it gets to the actual draft the talks get a little more serious. We'll see."

Walters, along with head coach Mike O'Shea, assistant GMs Ted Goveia and Danny McManus and national scout Drew Morris were to meet via conference call later Monday to go over their draft board and weigh potential offers. But the expectation is they'll remain at No. 2, possibly attempt to package the 11th and 15th picks to move up for a second first-round pick if a name they like is still available but more than likely hang on to their selections.

After going O-line with their first pick, the Bombers could use the 11th to grab a receiver — especially Manitoba's Nic Demski or either Regina's Addison Richards or Lemar Durant of Simon Fraser.

Demski, FYI, has dropped from fifth to ninth in the CFL Scouting Bureau rankings.

"My impressions on Nic are what I've been saying all along: he's a great football player," Walters said. "We had him in here for a meeting. He's a sharp kid, works hard, phenomenal athlete. Nothing's changed on our thoughts on Nic. He's going to be a high draft pick somewhere and he's going to have a successful CFL career."

The current Bomber regime, trying to erase the misdeeds of the last crew, did well in last year's draft as four of the five selections — Matthias Goossen, Jesse Briggs, Derek Jones and including offensive lineman Quinn Everett, who will be in camp after returning to college — all remain in the club's plans for 2015.

As well, the Bombers did land defensive linemen Jamaal Westerman and Ivan Brown, linebacker Sam Hurl and centre Dominic Picard in free agency, significantly upgrading their Canadian talent base.

Asked if he thought there was a consensus No. 1 pick in the draft, Walters didn't hesitate.

"We've gone over all the scenarios and if this player is at No. 2, we're taking him," said Walters. "If we drop down to three (via trade), then we're comfortable here… you go down the line to a point where you have to cut that off and say, 'No, we're no longer comfortable dropping down below that because there's not enough names on the board that we're comfortable with.

"You go through all these scenarios so that (Tuesday) night we're not caught off guard and make good, firm decisions because we've talked about it at length over the last few months."

BLUE NOTES: Free agent LB Johnny Sears, Jr. signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Monday. He had been given several offers from the Bombers dating back to December but delayed on signing in other to chase a NFL shot. After free agency — and with the club having been active in upgrading their roster — the dollars they could offer him dropped dramatically… Watson, the former Bomber slotback traded to Saskatchewan this winter, was dealt again by the Riders on Monday, along with a second-round draft pick in 2016, for long snapper Jorgen Hus and a third-round pick in 2016.

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THE seven projected Bomber Canadian starters (in no particular order):

Chris Greaves (right guard): Now 28, he's been a fixture in the trenches and now has 56 starts under his belt.

Dominic Picard (centre): The Riders top lineman in 2012 and 2014, he was cut in January because he was due a big payment. The Bombers scooped up a familiar face to bring some nasty back to the trenches.

Matthias Goossen (left guard): Will be battling Patrick Neufeld for this spot. Drafted as a centre, he did start four games last year at guard.

Matt Bucknor (cornerback): Veteran defender gave the Bombers some solid work at the wide-side corner. Will be challenged by Derek Jones this year.

Rory Kohlert (slotback): Steady and reliable. Trusted by QB Drew Willy, he finished with 44 catches for 594 yards and three TDs last season.

Sam Hurl (linebacker): Started nine games last year with Saskatchewan before signing here in free agency.

Jamaal Westerman (defensive end): Has bounced around the NFL for six years and signed a meaty three-year deal with the club last week.

Reserve Canadians:

O-line: Patrick Neufeld, Quinn Everett, Thomas Griffiths

Receiver: Julian Feoli-Gudino, Kris Bastien, Ezra Millington, Jordan Reaves

Running back: Michel-Pierre Pontbriand, Carl Fitzgerald, Tim Cronk.

Defensive line: Jake Thomas, Ivan Brown, Louie Richardson

Linebacker: Jesse Briggs, Graig Newman

Defensive back: Derek Jones, Teague Sherman, Shea Pierre, Dan West.

Kicker: Lirim Hajrullahu
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Bombers among teams coveting Demski
The Winnipeg Sun - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:KIRK PENTON
Page: S2
There's a good chance the University of Manitoba Bisons will have a player taken in the CFL draft's first round for the second year in a row.

Running back Anthony Coombs was the third overall choice of the Toronto Argonauts and defensive tackle Evan Gill went ninth to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last May, and this year receiver Nic Demski is one of the top rated prospects. Demski, a four time All-Canadian with the Bisons, had a tryout with the NFL's Cleveland Browns last weekend but didn't earn a contract.

The Bombers have the second overall selection on Tuesday night, but that's probably too early to grab the hometown kid. Winnipeg also has the 11th and 15th picks, so it could try to trade up if it really wants him and he's still available.

"He's a great football player," Bombers general manager Kyle Walters said Monday. "We had him in here for a meeting. He's a sharp kid. He works hard. He's a phenomenal athlete. He's going to be a high draft pick somewhere, and he's going to have a successful CFL career."

Bisons running back Kienan LaFrance had an excellent CFL combine in March and could also be picked on Tuesday night. Quarterback Jordan Yantz is hoping a CFL team will give him a shot, but he's unlikely to be drafted.

Six other Manitoba players went to the CFL's regional combine in Edmonton and

therefore should be on teams' radars: defensive backs Jordan Linnen and Tremaine Apperley, linebackers Jonathan Jones and Mitchell Harrison, offensive

lineman Robert Smith and receiver Matt Sawyer.
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Saskatchewan

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Roughriders finally land Hus
The Leader-Post (Regina) - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:Murray McCormick
Page: D3
Jorgen Hus has put his NFL dreams on hold for an opportunity to play with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Hus, a long snapper, told the Leader-Post on Monday that he expects to sign "sooner than later' with the CFL team.

The Riders acquired Hus's rights and a third-round selection in the 2016 CFL draft on Monday. In return, Saskatchewan sent wide receiver Cory Watson and a second-round pick in next year's draft to the Edmonton Eskimos.

Hus, a native of Saskatoon and a product of the University of Regina Rams, spent the past two years attempting to land a job in the NFL as a long snapper with the St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs. Hus has played in just six pre-season games over that span.

"It's time to play some ball,' the 25-year-old Hus said Monday from his home in Saskatoon. "It has been a couple of seasons and it's time to get after it and get the ball rolling a little bit. I'm young enough that if the NFL works out down the road, I have time to do that.

Right now, I'm focused on playing here and doing as well as I can.' Hus was released by the Chiefs on May 5. That transaction led to Taman looking into acquiring the rights to Hus, who has been placed on the Riders' negotiation list until he actually signs.

"He's one of the best snappers you could see,' said Taman, adding he has been interested in Hus for three years. "We had a really good one last year (in Chad Rempel) and this one is younger. He's as good, if not better.' The acquisition of Hus addresses the Riders' depth at long snapper. Levi Steinhauer handled the longsnapping duties in 2013 and half of the 2014 season before being sidelined by a shoulder injury. Taman said Steinhauer may see more repetitions as a defensive end and serve as a backup long snapper.

"I talked to Levi (on Monday) and he's happy,' Hus said. "I'm happy and everybody is happy. It seems like a win for everybody.' The trade for Hus ended Watson's short time with the Riders. On Jan. 29, he was acquired along with a third-round selection in today's draft from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for Canadian receiver Kris Bastien, a second-round pick in today's draft and the rights to an unidentified player on Saskatchewan's negotiation list. The Riders completed the trade for Watson with an eye toward bolstering their Canadian depth at receiver. Those plans remained in place until the Riders resigned slotback Weston Dressler and defensive end Alex Hall. Taman said those signings cut into the Riders' salary cap of $5.05 million.

Taman added as the offseason progressed, it became evident the Riders were only going to start two Canadian receivers - slotback Chris Getzlaf and wide receiver Rob Bagg. That meant Watson wouldn't be a starter. "His salary was fairly high and if he wasn't going to start for us, that wasn't a salary-cap-friendly salary that I was willing to take on,' Taman said. "It wasn't planned that way, but as the season went on we had to explore things and we've been doing that for a while. (Edmonton general manager Ed Hervey) offered us a pretty good player that we've wanted for some time.' mmccormick@leaderpost.com twitter.com/murraylp
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Taman remains quiet on draft plans
The Leader-Post (Regina) - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:Murray McCormick
Page: D3
The Saskatchewan Roughriders have a number of plans in place for Tuesday's CFL draft.

Followers of the team will have to wait and see how the draft plays out to learn what those plans actually are. General manager Brendan Taman met with the media on Monday to discuss the Riders' plans for their seven picks in Tuesday's draft (6 p.m.).

Taman cautioned about reading too much into Monday's trade with the Edmonton Eskimos. The Riders sent wide receiver Cory Watson and a second-round selection in the 2016 draft to the Eskimos for the rights to long-snapper Jorgen Hus and a third-round selection in next year's draft. The trade was perceived by some media members as an indication that the Riders would select a receiver with their first pick (sixth overall) in the draft.

"There are a lot of things you can read into last-minute transactions,' Taman said. "Our board is the board and it doesn't change. We'll continue to stay the course. We'll see where the top five picks go before us.' The 2015 draft is one of the deepest and heaviest in many years. The depth comes from changes to the eligibility rules for CIS and NCAA prospects.

Those changes have produced a draft that is topheavy with offensive linemen. The first five selections in today's draft could all be offensive linemen.

That means the Riders may be looking at selecting a receiver with their first pick in the draft.

The top two receiving prospects according to the CFL's Scouting Bureau are Simon Fraser's Lamar Durant and Manitoba's Nic Demski. The Riders could also look at a defensive back or a linebacker with that first pick.

Taman has identified which positions the Riders would like to improve through the draft. That's as much information as he was willing to divulge.

"The question is, 'Are the guys good enough in those areas to make it worth the pick?' - you may have guys who are better players at other positions that you may not need as much,' Taman said. "Those are the magical games we have to meet on over the next 24 hours and decide on what we're going to do.' Saskatchewan's other draft picks are in the third round (26th), fourth (35th), fifth (42nd), sixth (47th and 50th) and seventh (59th).

The business of football continued Monday with the draft looming. The Riders announced the signing of Canadian offensive linemen Kyle Paterson and Terry Hart, both of whom were selected in the 2014 draft. Paterson, a native of Weyburn and a product of the University of Regina Rams, was selected in the fifth round (45th overall). Hart, a graduate of St. Francis Xavier, was selected in the seventh round (63rd overall) in last year's draft. Both players returned to their respective universities after attending training camp with the Riders in 2014.

Taman, meanwhile, doesn't expect running back Kory Sheets to return to the Riders anytime soon. Taman said that Sheets, who was named the most valuable player in the Riders' 45-23 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 2013 Grey Cup game, is still recovering from a torn right Achilles tendon. Sheets, who signed with the NFL's Oakland Raiders as a free agent in 2014, suffered the injury during a pre-season game. He was released after the 2014 season and was eligible to sign with any NFL or CFL team.

"His health isn't good and he's not going to be ready,' Taman said. "We have no belief that he'll be in our stadium this year.' mmccormick@leaderpost.com twitter.com/murraylp
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Paterson going back to Riders' camp
The Leader-Post (Regina) - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:Ian Hamilton
Page: D2
Kyle Paterson is grateful to be getting a second chance.

The University of Regina Rams guard re-signed Monday with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, who selected Paterson in the fifth round (45th overall) of the 2014 CFL draft.

The Weyburn product attended Saskatchewan's training camp last season, but was released before the regular season. He returned to the Rams for his fourth Canada West campaign.

"It's awesome that I get to try again," Paterson, 22, said after his re-signing was announced. "It's living my dream: I get to play football.

"Not very many people get that chance, so it's pretty sweet to get the opportunity to try again."

Paterson obviously is hoping the outcome is dif ferent - he'd like to stick with the Roughriders instead of returning to the Rams for one more season of CIS football - but other aspects are different too. The Roughriders' coaching staff has undergone some changes in the off-season and the playbook likely has as well. Of more importance for Paterson is the fact that he has been to camp before.

"Mentally, I know what to expect and how to prepare," the 6-foot-3, 285-pounder said. "The experience will definitely help me. I had no idea what to expect last year, but now I know what's going on."

The Roughriders also announced Monday that they had re-signed Canadian offensive lineman Terry Hart. Saskatchewan selected the 6-foot-3, 300-pound product of Barrie, Ont., in the seventh round (63rd overall) of the 2014 draft out of St. Francis Xavier. He played his fifth and final CIS season with the X-Men in 2014.

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Edmonton

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Eskimos acquire receiver Watson from Roughriders - Article - TSN
www.tsn.ca - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:The Canadian Press
EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos acquired Canadian receiver Cory Watson and a 2016 second-round pick from the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Monday for the rights to long-snapper Jorgen Hus and a '16 third-round selection.
Saskatchewan acquired Watson from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Jan. 29. The former Concordia star spent five seasons in Manitoba, registering 178 receptions for 2,217 yards and six TDs in 67 career games.
Edmonton selected Saskatoon native Hus in the fourth round (31st overall) of the 2013 CFL Canadian Draft out of the University of Regina. He then signed with the NFL's St. Louis Rams, spending the 2013 and 2014 training camps with the team.
Hus also spent time with the Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City before being released by the Chiefs last week.
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Esks add veteran receiver to build offensive depth; Watson played five years with Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Edmonton Journal - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:Chris O' Leary
Page: C3
Ed Hervey added some homegrown talent to the Edmonton Eskimos' roster a day before the CFL's Canadian draft.

The Eskimos addressed the injury that will keep veteran receiver Shamawd Chambers out for the start of the season by trading the rights to national long-snapper Jorgen Hus and a 2016 third-round pick to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. In return, the Eskimos acquired national receiver Cory Watson and the Riders' second-round selection in 2016.

Watson played five years with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers before being traded to the Riders on Jan. 29.

"Cory Watson is a veteran in this league who has done a lot of work on the field," said Hervey, Eskimos general manager. "We think he adds a lot of depth to the position, especially with Shamawd being out. We feel more comfortable with a guy who has played.

"(Second-year receiver) Devin (Bailey) has upside, but that's a position that we feel is going to give us opportunity to insulate us ratio-wise."

Chambers is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in September 2014. Along with offensive lineman Simeon Rottier, who will be sidelined at the start of the season with a knee injury from late last year, the Eskimos will be missing two solid Canadians when training camp opens on June 1. The timing for the trade couldn't have been better for the Eskimos. Having taken Hus in the fourth round of the 2013 draft, the long-snapper from Regina spent two seasons with the St. Louis Rams in the NFL. He was also with the Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs, before the Chiefs released him on May 5. Hus will reportedly explore more NFL options before committing to the Riders.

"We drafted him and knew there'd be some future value there," Hervey said. "Saskatchewan ended up getting a really good player, but it would have not worked out well here. He's a guy who could start anywhere in this league, but we're happy with Ryan King."

Watson, 31, has 178 catches for 2,217 yards and six touchdowns in his CFL career. His best year came in 2011 when he caught 69 passes for 793 yards and one TD.

The Eskimos aren't looking for herculean work from the Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que., product.

"He's had an opportunity to be a feature guy with Winnipeg, but with us, it'll be a guy who'll come in (with) a role to play," Hervey said. "We like what he does after he catches the ball. He's physical, he breaks tackles and that's what we want. We want to be able to take the ball and throw it to guys if it's not downfield, to have an opportunity to give it to them short and move the ball. We think he'll fit in quite well here and we look forward to having him here."

Heading into his third draft since assuming GM duties, Hervey didn't reveal much about draft insights or movement possibilities. There's a lot of interest from his end in the five offensive linemen that decorate the top 10 of the league's final prospect rankings. He's not alone in that interest, though.

"This is a draft that I'd imagine the teams in the top tier wouldn't want to move down," Hervey said. "That's the type of talent that's up there, especially on the offensive line.

"As far as where guys will fall and where players will go, I can't tell you that right now, but it's good for us to be where we are at seven. There's opportunity to move in either direction. If it's going to help our football team, we're open to that."

The Eskimos choose seventh overall and seventh in the second, third, fourth and seventh rounds. The Ottawa Redblacks choose first overall, with the draft airing live on TSN at 6 p.m.

Baillie passes away

Former Eskimos defensive lineman Ray Baillie has passed away at the age of 80.

Baillie played 91 games over nine CFL seasons, including two years with Edmonton in 1962 and '63.

He retired after the 1965 season and coached with his twin brother, Charlie, at McGill University in the 1970s. Charlie was the head coach and Ray the defensive co-ordinator.

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MIDDLE OF THE ROAD ; Eskimos know what they want from the draft, but will it be there when their turn comes?
The Edmonton Sun - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:GERRY MODDEJONGE
Page: S17
There are plenty of good reasons why the Edmonton Eskimos aren't spilling the beans on who they will take in the first round of the 2015 CFL draft.

But perhaps the most important one is because they simply don't know.

Now, that's not to say they haven't done their homework. Far from it.

In fact, you can safely bet it's been the top priority for the club since wading out of the free-agent pool with a host of new signees.

And on Tuesday (6 p.m., TSN2), they will look to further supplement the core roster that made an appearance in the 2014 West Division final with a few more fresh faces.

The challenge is, unless they trade up, the Eskimos will have to wait until the first half-dozen names have been called before it's their turn. The uncertainty lies in who will be left by then.

"Offensive linemen will go early in this draft and we'll see where we're at at seven," said Eskimos GM and vice-president Ed Hervey, adding the offensive line is a perennial priority. "In every draft that I'm going to be a part of, we build our team from the inside out.

"If there's a guy who's there you feel can help contribute, especially some of the guys who are in this draft, you don't want to pass up on a good offensive lineman."

But Hervey and Co. may need a team ahead of them to do just that if Edmonton hopes to go that route. Of course, defensive-minded head coach Chris Jones is no doubt salivating over the prospect of having Laurier defensive back/linebacker Chris Ackie or Idaho defensive lineman Maxx Forde joining the ranks.

"If there isn't (an O-lineman) there, then you look at the other positions," Hervey said. "Best player, best athlete, best way to improve your football team.

"If that means moving out of the spot, then you look at that."

The 2015 CFL draft begins Tuesday at 6 p.m. on TSN2. WHOSE HUS? On Monday, the Eskimos and Saskatchewan Roughriders pulled the trigger on a pre-draft day deal, of sorts. Only it didn't include any picks in Tuesday's draft.

Instead, Edmonton sent the rights to Canadian long-snapper Jorgen Hus and a third-round selection in next year's draft to the Roughriders in exchange for Canadian receiver Cory Watson and a second-round pick in 2016.

Watson spent five years with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers after being taken in the second round (ninth overall) of the 2010 draft. The Concordia product had 178 catches for 2,217 yards and six touchdowns in 67 games before being traded to Saskatchewan on Jan. 29.

"He adds depth to a position, especially with Shamawd (Chambers ) being out," Hervey said, referring to a knee injury Chambers suffered last season and hasn't fully recovered from. "That's a position that we feel is going to give us opportunity to insulate us ratio-wise.

"With a (similar) injury on the offensive line to Simeon (Rottier), we're just trying to make sure that we're covered in all areas."

Hus was drafted by Edmonton in the fourth round (31st overall) in 2013 and spent the last two years between the NFL's St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs.
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Calgary

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STAMPEDERS DRAFTTARGETS
The Calgary Sun - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:SCOTT MITCHELL
Page: S16
The Calgary Stampeders pick ninth overall in the first round of Tuesday's 2015 CFL Draft (6 p.m., TSN2) and hold five of the first 27 picks in what is considered a deep draft. Here's a look at five players who could interest the Red & White and why.

* LEMAR DURANT

POSITION: Wide receiver SCHOOL: Simon Fraser

WHY: He's the most interesting wideout prospect to come around in a while. Blessed with NFL size at 6-foot-2 and 230 lb., Durant has been getting looks down south, as well, but he could still be the top receiver off the board Tuesday and could be there at No. 9.

RANGE: First round

* BRETT BOYKO

POSITION: Offensive line SCHOOL: UNLV

WHY: He might be the best offensive lineman in the draft, but the fact he signed a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free-agent means teams will have to wait. It may be a chance the Stampeders are willing to take if they're presented with the opportunity.

RANGE: First or second round

* NICK SHORTILL

POSITION: Linebacker SCHOOL:

McMaster WHY: This would fill a need for the Stampeders. After losing a number of key special teamers over the past couple of years — Justin Phillips, Keenan MacDougall, etc. — they could definitely use someone like Shorthill, who is lauded for his leadership and football IQ.

RANGE: First or second round

* MAXX FORDE

POSITION: Defensive line SCHOOL: Idaho

WHY: The Stampeders are currently well-stocked along the defensive line with Corey Mace, Junior Turner and 2014 first-rounder Quinn Smith. But foresight is key as Mace has had trouble staying healthy and Turner is scheduled to become a free-agent next winter.

RANGE: Second round

* TYLER VARGA

POSITION: Running back SCHOOL: Yale

WHY: He's the top running back in this class, but he'll go much later than he should due to signing a UDFA deal with the Indianapolis Colts. Varga might be able to carve out an NFL career on special teams, but he's a worthy flier in the third round or later for a team with extra picks.

RANGE: Third round
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RESTOCKING THE CUPBOARD ; Stampeders 'open for business' on eve of draft
The Calgary Sun - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:SCOTT MITCHELL
Page: S16
Over the past two calendar years, the Calgary Stampeders roster has been pillaged and plundered.

Combine the 2013 expansion draft, this year's free-agent exodus, and a host of NFL defections that cost them key players with nothing coming back in return, and it's clear the depth has taken a number of hits.

Armed with five of the first 27 selections heading into Tuesday's 2015 CFL Draft, the Stampeders are in position to add significant roster reinforcements in order to help rebuild a Canadian contingent that has been so important to a football team that has rolled up a 41-13 record over the last three regular seasons.

Sitting at pick No. 9 in the first round, Stampeders GM/ head coach John Hufnagel and his personnel department could go a number of ways when the top talent in the country starts flying off the board Tuesday night (6 p.m., TSN2).

"Because it's such a deep draft, I can't say there's a particular one position that is stronger than others," Hufnagel said. "There are very good candidates on both sides of the football.

"I don't see our draft philosophy changing too much."

Twenty-four hours ahead of the annual selection process, assistant GM/director of player personnel John Murphy joined the rest of the league in trying to steer everyone off course in order to get the player they want.

"I think that's one of the things that we're good at — we don't show our cards," Murphy said with a chuckle.

"We like everybody. Any of those guys in the top 10, we could take them. Any of those guys in the top 10, they could fit what we're doing.

"We want to be known as being available. We're open for business."

After making a big splash at the draft table last year by trading veteran offensive lineman Jon Gott to the Ottawa RedBlacks in exchange for the first-overall pick in order to select Laval centre Pierre Lavertu, Murphy wasn't hiding the fact that the Stamps are listening to trade offers once again.

With selections Nos. 9, 18, 19, 22 and 27 in the first three rounds and eight picks in total, the Stamps have the ammunition to move up, sit tight, or even move down in what's considered one of the deepest drafts in a few years.

The CFL Draft is as unpredictable as it gets, with each team having differing philosophies and needs on draft day.

"I think the reason that there is always the ability to make trades on draft day in the CFL is you have certain teams that are needing depth, you have other teams that are concentrating on a certain position, and then you have a few teams that the draft kind of just falls in the right spot for them," Murphy said.

"The best part about this is there's nine different teams with probably 11 different versions of how they see the top part of any draft. That's what makes it interesting and debatable before the draft, during the draft and then five minutes after the draft everyone comes away with an opinion of it. Everybody's got different guys slotted in different places."

The Stampeders have long had a best-player-available philosophy when it comes to drafting, and won't be scared to roll the dice on a player with NFL interest, one that may not potentially be available when training camp opens in less than three weeks.

Considering Brett Jones, the league's top offensive lineman last season in just his second year, and left tackle Stanley Bryant are now donning New York Giants and Winnipeg Blue Bombers colours, respectively, the offensive front could be seen as a need, along with receiver, defensive line and players with special-teams value.

Losing Jones after just one contract won't alter the way the Stampeders approach players who could have NFL interest, either now or down the road.

"We kind of have an idea of what their short and long-term thinking is, and if you guess correct and get two all-star seasons and a Grey Cup ring from what Brett Jones gave us, I think, you continue to take those chances," Murphy said.

"You can't get scared away from it. I wouldn't take a lower-rated player who might play three years with us instead of a higher-rated guy who might play two years with us."
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Q& A with Brian Mahoney ; The Calgary Stampeders' top Canadian scout and assistant director of football operations talks CFL Draft
The Calgary Sun - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:SCOTT MITCHELL
Page: S18
After an all-Canadian career at receiver for the Simon Fraser University Clan, Brendan Mahoney traded in his shoulder pads for a notepad and joined the Calgary Stampeders as a scouting intern in 2007.

Eight years later, the Cochrane product is gearing up for yet another draft day as the Stamps' top Canadian scout and assistant director of football operations.

With the 2015 CFL Draft slated for Tuesday (6 p.m., TSN2), Mahoney sat down to answer a few interesting questions about the ins and outs of the draft process, a time that rivals Christmas Day for personnel departments around the league.

Q: Is this time of year exciting for you and the rest of the personnel department?

A: "It's very exciting. Things happen quickly. On our club, I really enjoy working closely with the coaching staff and during the season when they're busy scheming and stuff, we work closely with them. You get different points of view from (offensive co-ordinator)

Dave Dickenson to (defensive co-ordinator) Rich Stubler and then (GM/head coach John) Hufnagel's point of view. Each position coach I get to work closely with and be able to figure out their philosophies, and then us as a personnel department get to get it right and get the players that they want to work with and get them into our organization."

Q: What do teams go into the CFL Draft looking to accomplish?

A; "The obvious answer is to solidify their Canadian talent and their Canadian depth. It depends on your strategy, but some teams might go strictly for the best player available. It's unique in the fact teams play their Canadian starters differently. Obviously, that factors into how they draft. It's completely dependent on each team's philosophy and where they play their Canadian starters and where they project to play them in the future."

Q: Compare this draft crop to last year's class?

A: "After one year with no NCAA players (due to rule changes), it's much deeper in that sense, purely by just the number of players available, and it does change the dynamic with having NCAA-trained players. In a general sense, it's a much deeper draft with some good players right through it."

Q: How does this compare to other drafts over the past five or 10 years?

A: "I would say it's as good as any of them. Obviously, they're projections, and a draft class is usually judged a few years down the road, but we feel good, and there are a number of players that will be contributing in the CFL for years to come."

Q: Is there a draft pick during your eight years with the Stampeders that you're most proud of?

A: "I'm proud of all of them … if they work out. No matter where we take them, we go into the draft with the mindset that this player is going to succeed. You could look at any of our successful late-round picks or even our first-round picks, for the most part, have turned out to be contributors. The player has still got to go out there and put his body on the line and prepare himself so he can be a successful player. We just try to draft guys based on doing our homework and guys that we think can fit into our system and come in here and succeed. At the end of the day, we want that player to succeed for themselves and to help us win games."

Q: Who's the one player that didn't pan out that you were convinced would?

A; "You can point to the obvious one in Ameet Pall (who was cut two months after being drafted fifth overall in 2012), just because we didn't have a chance to work with him. Everybody says that was such a bust, but the player made the choice, he was injured and moved on. Looking back, we would've liked the opportunity to work with

Ameet and help him become a player, but unfortunately, we didn't get that opportunity."
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BC

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CFL Draft: Five players we would like to see pull on the orange and black. | 3DownNation
3downnation.com - Tue May 12 2015
Byline:Brian Wawryshyn
The CFL Draft is one of the biggest crap shoots in all of sports and it’s also one of the biggest factors in building a winning team. The BC Lions have 8 picks to utilize in the 7 round draft picking 5th in each round, with an extra pick obtained in the deal with Hamilton for S.J. Haidara last week.
What players will be available to the Lions when they pick in the five-spot remains to be seen. Most people putting out mock drafts expect an early run on offensive linemen, which is one of the Lions more pressing needs.
That said, there could be some other nice options available if that happens and Wally Buono continually preaches the method of drafting the best football player available and not drafting for position.
With an extra pick in the draft, the Lions could possibly try to move up in the first round as well and talk on social media Monday suggested that there was plenty of talking going on between CFL General Managers.
Rather than try to predict who will be taken ahead of their fifth pick in the first round, let’s take a look at some of the players we would like to see pull on the orange and black tomorrow evening and why.
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KHALIF MITCHELL FINED PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Thursday, 14 May 2015 19:27

KHALIF MITCHELL FINED



TORONTO (May 14, 2015)
- The Canadian Football League announced today that it has fined Montreal Alouettes defensive lineman Khalif Mitchell for posts made on Twitter that are in violation of the league's social media policy.

"There is absolutely no place in our league for commentary used to divide or disparage others along the lines of sex, race, religion or sexual orientation. While we acknowledge that players have a right to hold and express their own opinions, in no circumstance do we condone activity or comments that are derogatory or inappropriate, putting the League's reputation in question - and we feel Mr. Mitchell's recent posts on social media have violated these principles."

- Jeffrey L. Orridge, CFL Commissioner


As per league policy, player fine amounts are not disclosed. Subsequent offences are subject to higher fines and possible suspension.

The CFL's Social Media Policy is as follows:

Our league encourages players to use social media, in keeping with our desire to be accessible to our fans.

All postings made to social media are treated as 'public' and are subject to the same discipline if a player or employee made similar comments through traditional media. If a player, team or league employee uses social media (which includes retweeting or reposting someone else's comment(s) to their own social media account) in a manner that may bring the CFL into disrepute, including posts that condone harassment, discrimination or violence, are obscene or sexually explicit, or divulge proprietary information or disparage the league, teams, officials, players, employees or fans, they will be subject to discipline from the Commissioner's Office.




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Contact Information:

Paulo Senra
Director, Communications
Canadian Football League
416-882-7919
psenra@cfl.ca

Olivier Poulin
Manager, Communications
Canadian Football League
514-970-7211
opoulin@cfl.ca 


 
CFL HOSTS CONFERENCE CALL WITH TOP-3 DRAFT PICKS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Dykstra   
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 14:58

CFL HOSTS CONFERENCE CALL WITH TOP-3 DRAFT PICKS

Live coverage of the 2015 CFL Draft begins at 8:00 p.m. ET tonight on TSN2 and RDS2

 

TORONTO (May 12, 2015) -- The 2015 Canadian Football League Draft takes place tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET live on TSN2 and RDS2. The first and second rounds will both be broadcast live on TSN2/RDS2, while the subsequent rounds will be streamed live on TSN.ca & TSN GO starting at 10:00 p.m. ET. CFL Commissioner Jeffrey L. Orridge will announce each first round selection in studio.

The Ottawa REDBLACKS own the first overall selection. The CFL will be hosting a conference call with the top-3 selections at 9:15 p.m. ET (call-in details below).

To view the 2015 CFL Draft Media Guide click here.

 

Call-In Details

What:

2015 CFL Draft Top-3 Draft Picks Conference Call

Who:

Top-3 players selected in the 2015 CFL Draft

When:

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
9:15 p.m. ET

Call-in Number:

416-340-2217 / 1-866-696-5910

Passcode:

5872840

 
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