You never know what could be in the offing when Ticats GM Bob O’Billovich hunkers down with the rest of his football operations staff in the team’s war room on draft day.
Last year, fans were clamoring for one of the draft’s top-rated Canadian receivers: Anthony Parker, Nathan Coehoorn or Marco Ianuzzi with Hamilton’s first round pick (fifth overall).
As we now know, the Ticats opted to trade their pick for two second round selections leaving the Eskimos open to selecting Coehoorn.
Patience paid off however, as Hamilton landed arguably the best homegrown pass catcher in the league in Andy Fantuz, who signed with Steeltown earlier this year.
This year, Hamilton occupies the three spot in the draft, and could easily be faced a similar scenario to what happened in 2011.
This time around there is just one receiver, Wilfrid Laurier’s Shamawd Chambers, who carries a consensus high first-round grade. It is very possible that the rangy receiver could be on the board when the Black and Gold go on the clock.
“That could be a possibility,” O’Billovich said about the prospect of taking the Laurier product at three.
“If you like what you’ve got with your non-imports, you might want to add another one and maybe even change your ratio and start more than two Canadian receivers. Maybe you start with three and have another good young guy to bring along.”
It’s hard to glean whether this is smoke coming from an actual fire or smoke being put up in the form of a screen to entice other CFL clubs who might be infatuated with Chambers to pick up the phone, in order to secure his services.
Of course Chambers has to make it past Saskatchewan and Edmonton for such a plot to play out, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility.
If Hamilton doesn’t select a receiver in the opening round, with only four non-import pass catchers on the roster, it would certainly seem to be a position the Tabbies will address at some point during the draft on May 3.
Including their first round pick, the Ticats hold six selections, barring a trade, in the 2012 draft. One second round choice (10th overall), a pair of third rounders, one fourth and their last pick in the fifth round.
A portion of Hamilton’s draft currency needs to be spent on upgrading within the trenches.
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