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2017 CFL Draft - What Players Will Our Leos Choose

Postby Blitz » Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:41 am

Our B.C. Lions go into the 2017 draft with two first rounders. We have a first round draft choice at #3 and #7. We also draft at #16 (second round) and #24 (third round).

Its a very favorable draft year. Often the concept is to draft the best player available. A second concept is to draft based on needs.

If we are drafting based upon needs the following positions would have to be rated highly:

1) Offensive Tackle (can back up Steward if he is moved back to left tackle)

2) Defensive Tackle (Jabar Westerman signed in Montreal and at present Foorde is the only National who has the size to play inside regularly

3) Free Safety (unless we go with an import there and use a National corner, we need to look to upgrade at this spot)

4) Kicker/Punter (we are ony one of two CFL teams using an International at this position and Waters is expensive

5) Receiver (we do have Brett Blazsco and the speedy Shaq Johnson) but Sean Gore is only a concussion away from retirement if he decides to play this season.

7) Defensive End (A National who can play defensive end and go into a defensive line rotation and get pressure on the opposing quarterback is a ratio changer.

This is a good draft year for offensive lineman, defensive tackles, and linebackers. There are some quality receivers too.

Offensive lineman who could fit the bill include Jusstin Senior, Geoff Gray, Dariusz Bladek, Qadr Spooner, Mason Woods, or Jean-Simon Roy, and Kwabena Asare

A this stage, there are some very good defensive lineman in the draft including defensive tackles- Junior Luke, Faith Ekakitie, Eli Ankou (USC) and Kay OkaforIn are also worth a look.

Looking at a defensive end Kwaku Boateng has great potential.

Robert Woodson could be the answer at the safety position. There are also a number of good receivers in this draft. Most intriguing is Antony Auclair, who at 6.6", 256 pounds, with speed, could be a flex receiver who could play tight end as well as slot and H Back but a team would have to know how to incorporate a receiver with those measureables, using him as a tight end, as a big receiver over the middle, etc. and we would not know how to do that. But some CFL team will eventually get out of the spread and use a hybrid tight end style of receiver in the future with great results.

With two first round choices, this will be a very intriguing and important draft for our Leos.


2017 CFL draft: Mitchell's mock draft 1.0

By Scott Mitchell, Toronto Sun

Postmedia CFL columnist Scott Mitchell serves up his first mock draft ahead of May 7's 2017 CFL draft

ROUND 1

1:1 Winnipeg Blue Bombers (from TOR) — OL Mason Woods, Idaho

At this point, with the 2017 CFL Combine still to go (March 23-25 in Regina) and NFL opportunities nowhere near sorting themselves out, it looks like Bombers GM Kyle Walters will be debating between the top offensive linemen, as usual, and a ratio-breaking middle linebacker in Jordan Herdman, a Simon Fraser University star who was also born and raised in Winnipeg.

Teams are happy with the offensive line depth in this year’s draft, but they’re split on the next best spot — it’s either linebacker or defensive tackle, depending on who you talk to.

Once again, there’s no consensus No. 1 pick, and all of the top talents have options outside of playing in the Canadian Football League that they’re strongly considering.

Already trending upwards after making the playoffs with an 11-7 record last year, holding two first round picks is a glorious opportunity — thanks, Jim Barker, Scott Milanovich and Drew Willy — for the Bombers to add even more Canadian talent to a roster hoping to take another step in the competitive West Division next season.

That may be a reason Walters will lean towards players he’s absolutely certain will be available to head coach Mike O’Shea come June, as all teams should be doing with so much opportunity south of the border for talented Canadians these days.
Which brings us to Woods. The Idaho Vandals product looks committed to the CFL, pushing the 6-foot-9 guard right to the top of draft boards. Some scouts haven’t completely ruled out right tackle for the B.C. native, either.
The obvious comparison is Matt O’Donnell, the 6-foot-11 Edmonton Eskimos behemoth guard.

1:2 Saskatchewan Roughriders — OL Geoff Gray, Manitoba

The homegrown aspect will work in Gray’s favour with the Bombers at No. 1 if NFL interest dries up following his pro day March 30 at University of Manitoba, but the engineering student has a year of school left, which may become a factor, as well. Talent-wise, he’s an athletic guard and one of the best available.
The Riders desperately need an offensive lineman, but there are defensive tackles talented enough to warrant going this high if GM Chris Jones & Co., find one with a level of NFL interest that doesn’t scare them off. The outside-the-box pick at both No. 1 and No. 2 is receiver Danny Vandervoort.

1:3 B.C. Lions (from MTL) — OL Dariusz Bladek, Bethune-Cookman

Scouts will watch at the combine to see how he handles typical nuances, like being a yard off the ball, but this new Canadian — he found out his mother was born in Montreal — could be vying to go first in a month. Or he could be lower.

1:4 Hamilton Tiger-Cats — WR Danny Vandervoort, McMaster

One scout threw an Andy Fantuz comp on him, something sure-handed receivers out of Golden Horseshoe CIS programs are used to by now. He’s 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, and he’s got more than enough speed and elusiveness.

1:5 Edmonton Eskimos — OL Qadr Spooner, McGill

The offensive line hierarchy will work itself out over the next two months, but this 6-foot-4, 315-pound social work major is just a little bit behind the first tier. He’s a well-built anchor at guard, but probably not a Day 1 starter.

1:6 Winnipeg Blue Bombers — DT Junior Luke, Montreal

This 6-foot-1, 287-pounder could solidify a first-round grade with a good showing at the CFL combine later this month. With the Carabins, he was in opposing backfields with regularity, recording 8.5 tackles for loss and 6 sacks last year.

1:7 B.C. Lions — DB Robert Woodson, Calgary
A terrific athlete at 5-foot-11 and 197 pounds, Woodson will likely be a star of the 2017 CFL Combine in Regina from March 23-25. He fits the bill for any team looking to add to its Canadian depth in the secondary, likely at free safety.

1:8 Calgary Stampeders — OL Jean-Simon Roy, Laval

Hogs out of Laval are on quite the run, as the program has produced six first rounders in the past three drafts, including a trio in 2016 alone. The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Roy is next in line.

1:9 Ottawa RedBlacks — DT Eli Ankou, UCLA

NFL interest isn’t the only thing muddying Ankou’s stock. At 6-foot-3, 325 pounds, the worry is he’s a bit oversized for a typical CFL interior lineman, but on the plus side, he’s not viewed as strictly a one-dimensional run-stuffer.
The RedBlacks would likely love an offensive lineman, but this Ottawa native might be the best talent on the board.

ROUND 2

2:10 Toronto Argonauts — DE Kwaku Boateng, Laurier

This 6-foot-2, 250-pound defensive end had 28.5 sacks during his four seasons with the Golden Hawks. He’s by far the top pass-rusher available, but most teams don’t view him an elite ratio-breaker.

2:11 Saskatchewan Roughriders — LB Christophe Mulumba, Maine
A tier behind Herdman talent-wise at this point, he’ll have to run a really good 40 time at the combine for teams to view him as starting-calibre middle linebacker. The floor is that of a valuable backup who contributes a lot on special teams.

2:12 Montreal Alouettes — OL Jeremy Zver, Regina

Missed the 2015 season but returned to start at left tackle for the Rams in 2016. Went to the Minnesota NFL regional combine, and you can find him showing off his athleticism in the Fekula Classic Dunk Competition on YouTube.

2:13 Hamilton Tiger-Cats — DT Faith Ekakitie, Iowa

Like Ankou, there’s a chance this 6-foot-3, 290-pounder is a priority free agent after the NFL draft, leaving the Brampton, Ont., native’s CFL stock up in the air right now. Some really like him, but others see an inconsistent motor.

2:14 Edmonton Eskimos — WR Mitchell Picton, Regina

This solidly built receiver — 6-foot-1, 200 pounds — has been rising and took part in the Minnesota NFL regional combine on March 4. Has to prove he can provide value on special teams through the draft process.

2:15 Winnipeg Blue Bombers — LB Jordan Herdman, SFU

Signing with Joe Flacco’s agent helped this 5-foot-11, 238-pounder get a surprise invite to the Senior Bowl, and his stock has been rising ever since. The Winnipeg native will hold a pro day March 10 at SFU where his 40 time will be scrutinized. Herdman’s talent makes him a candidate to go first overall, but his agent’s history of getting legit pro looks for under-the-radar clients makes him a gamble.

2:16 B.C. Lions — WR Nate Behar, Carleton

The Ravens program hasn’t had anyone drafted since Harry van Hofwegen and Vito Greco way back in 1995, but this London, Ont., native will hear his name called within the first 30 picks. Combine size/speed is huge for listed 6-footer.

2:17 Calgary Stampeders — LB Justin Herdman, SFU
Overshadowed by his twin brother — the middle linebacker and the premier prospect — with the NCAA DII Clan, this 6-foot-1, 235-pounder outside linebacker is no slouch.

2:18 Ottawa RedBlacks — DE Connor McGough, Calgary
This Medicine Hat, Alta., native has oodles of athletic ability and a high motor. That’s a combo football coaches usually fall in love with.

ROUND 3

3:19 Toronto Argonauts — DT Justin Vaughn, Fordham

This 6-foot-5, 287-pound Hamilton native was a productive player in the Patriot League Conference with the Rams, posting 21 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks over four seasons.
**Roughriders forfeit 20th pick for selecting DB Kevin Francis in supplemental draft.

3:20 Montreal Alouettes — LB Nakas Onyeka, Laurier

This 6-foot, 210-pounder was a playmaker at Laurier, providing the key forced fumble a thrilling Yates Cup win over Western. At the pro level, his biggest contributions will come on special teams.

3:21 Hamilton Tiger-Cats — OL Kwabena Asare, Carleton

Played tackle in college but, like most, will shift inside to guard at the pro level. He’s a bit of a project who will take some patience. The Brampton, Ont., product will be watched closely in one-on-ones at the combine in Regina.

3:22 Edmonton Eskimos — DB Dondre Wright, Henderson St

As a senior at Henderson State in Arkansas, Wright piled up 65 tackles, seven pass breakups, one sack and one pick. If he can prove he can play safety at the CFL level, the thin DB class will work in his favour.

3:23 Winnipeg Blue Bombers — WR Alex Morrison, UBC

An arm injury ended this 6-foot-4, 220-pounder’s season in September, but he could shoot up draft board over the next two months. An impressive combine showing would really help boost the Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., native’s stock.

3:24 B.C. Lions — OL Jordan Filippelli, Calgary

The Dinos offensive line factory has been churning out almost as many pro-ready prospects as the Rouge et Or over the years. There’s two more in 2017.

3:25 Calgary Stampeders — OL Justin Senior, Mississippi St.
The top-rated prospect by the CFL scouting bureau is firmly on the NFL radar and just finished up performing for scouts at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. If he’s drafted by an NFL team as currently projected, he’ll drop even further.

3:26 Ottawa RedBlacks — WR/TE Antony Auclair, Laval

Everyone’s gushing over this pass-catching talent, including the NFL. Thanks to his 6-foot-6, 254-pound frame and smooth stride, Auclair’s stock is so high that many believe he’ll be a Day 3 NFL draft pick. This top-five CFL talent will hold a pro day March 13 in Quebec City.
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Re: 2017 CFL Draft - What Players Will Our Leos Choose

Postby OV - 54:40 » Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:35 pm

Wally has 3 high picks this year (#s 3, 7 & 16 i think).

IMO, he should go: at #3 - a DT from a very good crop this year - a guy who could play right away and get some rotation work on the D-line - with Menard & maybe Forde - able to go with one NI on the D-line at all times; at #7 - could possibly get one of the blue-chip MLB types - Jordan Herdman or Mulumba T (Maine) - guy who should be ST force right away, plus maybe play some reps on D too - in certain packages / plus a solid back up for Sol-E (departures of Bighill & Lokombo make addressing this position very sensible IMO); at #16 - a deep O-line crop this draft and CFL teams will continue to value NI O-linemen - even it is a depth guy behind Vaillancourt, Fabien, Steward - might make some sense (?); or - a receiver - a few good ones this draft it seems - and somebody who might be able to pass the likes of Adekolu, Blaszko and Shaq Johnson right away possibly.
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Re: 2017 CFL Draft - What Players Will Our Leos Choose

Postby KnowItAll » Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:58 pm

what about Jordan hoover ??
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Re: 2017 CFL Draft - What Players Will Our Leos Choose

Postby Blitz » Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:45 am

OV - 54:40 wrote:Wally has 3 high picks this year (#s 3, 7 & 16 i think).

IMO, he should go: at #3 - a DT from a very good crop this year - a guy who could play right away and get some rotation work on the D-line - with Menard & maybe Forde - able to go with one NI on the D-line at all times; at #7 - could possibly get one of the blue-chip MLB types - Jordan Herdman or Mulumba T (Maine) - guy who should be ST force right away, plus maybe play some reps on D too - in certain packages / plus a solid back up for Sol-E (departures of Bighill & Lokombo make addressing this position very sensible IMO); at #16 - a deep O-line crop this draft and CFL teams will continue to value NI O-linemen - even it is a depth guy behind Vaillancourt, Fabien, Steward - might make some sense (?); or - a receiver - a few good ones this draft it seems - and somebody who might be able to pass the likes of Adekolu, Blaszko and Shaq Johnson right away possibly.


We don't seem to be able to draft National linebackers and develop them into starters. Lokombo was the most recent National linebacker that we drafted and mainly used on special teams. The Stamps drafted Alex Singleton for 2016 and by mid-season they had said good bye to high profile signing Reed and moved Singleton to their starting middle linebacker spot. I can't see Wally ever doing that. He would have had Singleton playing mainly special teams for years.

Therefore I believe we would be wise to draft a National defensive tackle and a National offensive lineman with our two first round draft choices. We need both a backup left tackle for Steward and going with four National starters we will also need a backup National offensive guard for Fabian/Vaillencourt.

At defensive tackle, we really only have untested Forde as an interior defensive lineman, after losing Westerman. Menard is able to line up inside but he is light for the defensive tackle postion, even though he has a great motor. Maxx Forde, who also played defensive end in college has excellent potential. He is 6'5, 270, is quick, and has a big wingspan. He could have gone much higher in his CFL draft year and we were fortunate to get him at the spot we did in the draft. But we need another National lineman..whether its at defensive tackle or defensive end.

The next two key spots to me are receiver and safety. If we are going with a National field corner this year, we could go with an International safety, depending on how we choose to use the ratio. But we also could draft a National safety.

National receiver is also a spot we could be looking to upgrade. Gore may or not play this season but his concussion issue is a concern. Iannuzzi is going into his 7th season as a starting receiver and he has been underwhelming. Adekolu has looked excellent for us in his exhibition games and the two games he played in last year. He is tall, big (220 pounds) and has excellent hands but for some reason we haven't given him the opportunities. Blazsco has good size and speed too. But Adekolu and Blazsco are built as slot receivers who can go over the middle to make tough catches but our plug and play offence has them lined up as the field side outside receiver which does not play to their strengths.

Shaq Johnson is a blazer who can make people miss but once again and would be deadly on crossing patterns and quick hitches or a reverse, as well as the deep ball but we don't design our offence around our talent. There are some good receivers in this draft but we seem so set on playing Iannuzzi that we will likely draft a receiver who will languish, as others have.

With our Leos background in mind, I would be happy to see us draft offensive and defensive linemen with our first three drafts (two in the first round and one at #16 in the second round.
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Re: 2017 CFL Draft - What Players Will Our Leos Choose

Postby Jim Mullin » Thu Mar 23, 2017 1:50 am

http://www.tsn.ca/radio/vancouver-1040- ... 2-1.703799

We have Scott Rintoul on in the last segment to talk Lions/CFL Draft.
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Re: 2017 CFL Draft - What Players Will Our Leos Choose

Postby Blitz » Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:25 am

Jim Mullin wrote:http://www.tsn.ca/radio/vancouver-1040-i-1410/krown-countdown-u-march-22-1.703799

We have Scott Rintoul on in the last segment to talk Lions/CFL Draft.


Interesting listen Jim.

In reading Justin Dunk's mock draft, he has us taking defensive lineman Junior Luke at #3 and linebacker Christophe Mulumba at #7.

Mulumba performed in front of NFL scouts at the University of Maine pro day.He checked in at six-feet, 237 pounds, benched 225 pounds 22 times, recorded a 34-inch vertical leap, nine-foot, nine-inch broad jump, 4.77 40-yard dash, 4.54 shuttle and 7.55 3-cone. He could be signed by the NFL so he will be a risk.

I can see us taking Boeting, if he is still available at #3.

Of course the draft rarely turns out to be as many project.

Justin Dunk’s CFL mock draft 1.0
Posted on March 24, 2017 by Justin Dunk


Draft boards are taking shape across front offices in the CFL, which means puzzle pieces are coming together with somewhat of an idea about how the first round might shake out on May 7.

Only one defensive lineman from the 2016 Canadian pick-fest – Trent Corney – stuck with the team that originally drafted them last season. That could give us a run on defensive linemen when draft day comes this year. Let’s get to the pre-CFL combine mock draft.

1) Bombers – Faith Ekakitie, DL, Iowa
Flashed ability to be a load in the middle with the Hawkeyes, needs more seasoning and he could be really good.

2) Riders – Dariusz Bladek, OL, Bethune-Cookman
Bladek’s been through the NFL rigmarole, so you know he’s going to be on your roster this season.

3) Lions – Junior Luke, DL, Montreal
Absolute load in the middle, Luke needs to prove he can carry over that dominance to the CFL.

4) Ticats – Kwaku Boateng, DL, Laurier
Pro body, smart and special teams value – Boateng provides a full package.

5) Eskimos – Mason Woods, OL, Idaho
Mountain of a lineman fits in with size Ed Hervey likes on the offensive line (see, O’Donnell, Matt and Rottier, Simeon).

6) Bombers – Geoff Gray, OL, Manitoba
Local Winnipeg product who possesses and impressive physique, Gray has some traits that could see him get a chance to play tackle.

7) Lions – Christophe Mulumba, LB, Maine
Ultra-productive tackler brings special teams ability right away and with further development a possible starter down the line.

8) Stampeders – Justin Vaughn, Fordham
Provides a pass rush from the interior of the defensive line.

9) Redblacks – Eli Ankou, DL, UCLA
Ottawa native could step in and start immediately in the CFL, but after an explosive pro day showing he’s likely going to get an NFL opportunity.

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Re: 2017 CFL Draft - What Players Will Our Leos Choose

Postby David » Fri Mar 24, 2017 12:24 pm

Blitz wrote:Of course the draft rarely turns out to be as many project.


Correct. Sometimes teams take say, an inexperienced defensive end "project" with the #5 overall selection despite being projected as a 2nd round pick by the Canadian Football League Scouting Bureau, then cut him the following spring. :dizzy:


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Re: 2017 CFL Draft - What Players Will Our Leos Choose

Postby WestCoastJoe » Fri Mar 24, 2017 2:48 pm

As noted by many, the risks these days are about drafting the best player available in rounds 1 or even 2, as quite a few of them will no doubt try their skills in the NFL. Some are obviously talented enough to get NFL interest. Dayum the NFL, the big pond. LOL It has a voracious appetite, searching the world for talent.

I would expect the Lions to have interest in OL and DL. That is something that needs to be addressed each year.

After OL and DL, which groups need a look see? DBs. Receivers. RB. LBs.

Our Nat talent seems pretty good overall, with the exception of DL.
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