The name of the league is the Canadian Football League, emphasis on the word Canadian.
If you don’t have good Canadian content, then you’re likely not going to have much success. By that logic, success in the CFL all begins at the Canadian College Draft on May 3.
Teams spend months compiling their lists and identifying the best players available. Some drafts are really good, while some are just average.
Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed feels the 2012 crop of young talent is extremely deep.
“It’s a very deep draft from top to bottom; we won’t have any problems coming up with a list of 48 names that will allow us to get through to the entire draft,” said Reed.
There are about 435 total eligible players for the draft and the process of whittling down that list according to Reed began in October.
The list was then reduced to the 60 best names in between Evaluation Camp presented by Reebok and the draft itself. Reed says the Eskimos have gone through four or five mock drafts and already have a good idea of who they’ll pick.
Like last season, the Eskimos hold two first-round picks. Thanks to the Ricky Ray trade back in December, the Eskimos acquired the second overall pick from the Toronto Argonauts.
The Esks also have the sixth overall selection. In 2011, the Eskimos held the second overall pick and drafted offensive lineman Scott Mitchell.
General manager Eric Tillman then traded up with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for the fifth overall pick and selected receiver Nate Coehoorn out of the University of Calgary.
Reed feels the Eskimos need to make their two picks count in the first round, especially since one of the picks is related to the team’s former franchise player.
“The pick that we make at number two will be forever tied to Ricky Ray. Not for that reason alone but it’s a very important pick for this franchise,” Reed explained.
“We’ve done our homework very deliberately; we’ve made certain that we’ve identified three individuals that we feel we can’t miss on. We’re confident that the person that we get is going to be someone who can contribute to this organization for a long time barring injuries.”
Dave Campbell has been on the Eskimos beat since 2004. He’s entering his seventh season as the Eskimo colour analyst for 630 CHED broadcasts. He also hosts The Points After Show, an openline post-game show. Follow Dave on Twitter @Dave_CHED.
|2||Blue Bombers||DE||Mulumba, Andy|
|3||Alouettes via EDM||LB||Edem, Mike|