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1. Pierre Lavertu, OL, Laval: Barring a surprise it’s hard to see anyone else going first overall besides
Lavertu. David Foucault’s mini-camp invite and Quinn Smith’s failed banned substance test make the
Laval product an even more clear choice at number one.

2. Matthias Goossen, OL, Simon Fraser: The Bombers need offensive line help and Goossen can
provide it immediately. He isn’t quite as pro-ready as Lavertu, but he might have a higher upside.
He brings versatility having played every position along the line during his time at Simon Fraser.

3. Evan Gill, DL, Manitoba: Ed Hervey has gone on record saying he wants a player the team knows
will be at training camp. Hervey’s statement seems to ring true especially when you consider Edmonton’s
top selections from the 2012 and 2013 drafts are currently in the NFL. Also, Chris Jones traditionally
plays a non-import DT and Ted Laurent has yet to re-sign.

4. David Foucault, OL, Montreal: It’s always hard to predict what Jim Popp will do, although his draft
history shows he loves stocking up on Canadian offensive linemen. Foucault has secured an invitation
to Carolina Panthers rookie mini-camp, but NFL interest hasn’t bothered Popp in the past. Popp will
have a hard time turning down a potential ratio-changing tackle, even if he has to wait for him to
exhaust his NFL opportunities.

5. Antoine Pruneau, DB, Montreal: In the first round teams want impact players with the ability to
be or develop into starters. Pruneau has been compared to 2013 East Division All-Star safety Mike Edem.
He is a similar size to Edem, just not as physically strong or developed. However, Pruneau ran a faster
Combine 40 than Edem, 4.48 compared to 4.56. Pruneau might be the best all around football player
in the draft and he could be an instant upgrade for the Lions at the safety position.

6. Quinn Smith, OL/DL, Concordia: Smith’s positive banned substance test caused some red flags
to pop up around the league, but teams don’t feel it will be a recurring issue. He still has a lot of
good film and could be a steal if he falls this far. New Argos offensive line coach Bryan Chiu knows
Smith well having been on Concordia’s coaching staff during Smith’s time as a Stinger. Smith played
both offensive and defensive line at Concordia and some teams feel he might be better as a blocker.

7. Dylan Ainsworth, DL, Western University: At 21 years old, Ainsworth is one of, if not the, youngest
player in the Draft. He has impressive athleticism for a DL. Ainsworth could fill the void left by Justin
Phillips, a key special teams contributor and situational pass rusher while he aims to develop into a starter.

8. Casey Chin, LB, Simon Fraser:A tackling machine at Simon Fraser, Chin recorded a career-high
119 takedowns in 2013. He is a durable and productive athlete who has room to add muscle to his
frame. Chin is a very capable long snapper as well, an important skill to have in the CFL. Chin could
immediately help pick up some of the special teams slack left by Craig Butler and Graig Newman.

9. Andrew Lue, DB, Queen's: Physically Lue was the biggest DB to attend the Combine, checking in
at over 6-foot-1 and 209 pounds. For an athlete his size, Lue is very fluid in coverage. If Hamilton
goes with two starters in the secondary, Craig Butler (safety) and Courtney Stephen (cornerback),
Lue could be a versatile backup and impactful special teams player.

10. Devon Bailey, REC, St. Francis Xavier: It’s seems unanimous among scouts Bailey is the top receiver
in the 2014 class. He has a lot of special traits scouts look for in a high-end pass catching prospect.
If Bailey is still available at this spot – there is a possibility he could get selected in the first round -
I think the REDBLACKS would feel fortunate to get him here.


11. Tchissakid Player, OL, Northwestern State: Player has steadily climbed draft boards throughout
the evaluation process. He has a big frame at 6-foot-6 and 294 pounds with room to add weight.
He made 23 career starts at tackle and guard during his career at Northwestern State. After losing
Marwan Hage and with Peter Dyakowski coming off a serious knee injury, Player helps Hamilton
restock along the offensive line.

12. Anthony Coombs, RB, Manitoba: Andrew Harris recently signed a new contract and BC doesn’t
have another Canadian running back on the roster (yes they have two non-import fullbacks) to back
him up in case of injury. If Harris went down for an extended period of time the Lions would have to
re-jig their entire ratio. Coombs can provide important depth and happens to have drawn comparisons
to Harris from scouts. Coombs is one of the wildcards in this draft and it wouldn’t surprise to see him
go higher.

13. Alexandre Dupuis, RB, Montreal: Dupuis projects as a tough fullback. He is built like a brick wall
and is a physically imposing blocker. Dupuis isn’t the smoothest receiver out of the backfield, but he
has room to improve on his pass catching skills. Losing Patrick Lavoie in the Expansion Draft created
a hole at fullback for the Als, but Dupuis is clearly a different type of player than Lavoie.

14. Jesse Briggs, LB, McGill: Briggs put on quite a show during the testing portion of the 2014
CFL Combine. Scouts went back and checked the film and feel his athleticism doesn’t always translate
into on-field production. Briggs needs to be more physical on the field, but he is plenty fast enough to
be a special teams demon early in his career. Some feel brigs is like James Yurichuk who the Lions
drafted fourth overall in 2010.

15. Scott MacDonell, REC, Queen's: Canadian receivers who are almost 6-foot-5, 230 pounds and run
a 4.69 40-yard time don’t come around all the time. The Argos have witnessed the damage a big pass
catcher can do up close and personal with Andy Fantuz seemingly always playing well against Toronto.
MacDonell is faster than Fantuz, but he needs to work hard to get anywhere near the type of pro Fantuz
has become. If selected by the Argos, MacDonell would be the tallest and biggest receiver on their roster.

16. Raye Hartmann, DB, St. Francis Xavier: If you want a feisty and physical DB, Hartmann is your guy.
Some scouts feel he has the potential to be the best cover man from the 2014 class. He is a tough
prospect to grade because there is not a lot of film on him because he’s been out of football for two
years, but scouts were impressed with Hartmann’s combine showings.

17. Max Caron, LB, Concordia: With Caron what you see on film is what you’re likely going to get.
He’s a smart, instinctive and tough LB. He plays faster than his 4.90 combine 40-time would indicate.
If the Ticats do decide to start Frederic Plesius at linebacker, depth behind him will be important.

18. David Menard, DL, Montreal: Menard is a strong and steady defensive lineman. Teams know what
they’re getting in him, but he might have already reached his potential. Saskatchewan lost Keith Shologan
and Zack Evans in the Expansion Draft, so Menard helps replenish the defensive line depth for the Riders.

19. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OL, McGill: The Stampeders have three third-round picks and they'll
use one of them here to take the best prospect eligible for the 2014 CFL Draft. Duvernay-Tardif was
selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, but if he ever came back to Canada
he would be an instant starter at tackle. For even the slightest chance of ever getting a non-import talent
like Duvernay-Tardif on your team, it’s with the draft pick risk.

20. Derek Jones, DB, Simon Fraser: Jones is another tall and speedy DB. He was a 2013 second team
NCAA GNAC All-Star. He has CFL bloodlines, his father Ed was a DB for the Eskimos during their run of
five straight Grey Cups from 1979-82. It sounds as if Winnipeg plans to start a non-import corner,
so Jones would be a good fit.

21. Jaskaran Dhillon, OL, UBC: GM Ed Hervey called out his offensive line in 2013 then went out and
signed non-imports Justin Sorenson and Andrew Jones. But Talent in the offensive line pipeline is
always at a premium in the CFL. Dhillon has played offensive line for just one CIS season, but he’s
viewed as a prospect with potential.

22. Beau Landry, LB, Western: Straight up Landry is a better player than a tester. He’s versatile and
always seems to be around the football. At this point in the draft Landry could be a nice value pick,
but he could go earlier.

23. Adam Thibault, DB, Laval: Uncertainty surrounding Thibault’s ability to be a starter in the CFL
has caused some concern among scouts. He has plenty of speed and a physical presence on special
teams, but he wasn’t able to earn a steady starting spot on his CIS team. There is no doubt Thibault
has the athleticism to play in the CFL. Based on his physical talents alone a team could snatch him
higher in the draft.

24. Evan Pszczonak, REC, Windsor: Pszczonak has a little bit of Rob Bagg to his game. He’s smooth
and quick, and is faster than Bagg was in his draft year. Both were productive receivers in their CIS careers.
Pszczonak just oozes athleticism. After losing Johnny Forzani for the season the Stampeders could look
to get better at Canadian receiver.

25. Kyle Paterson, OL, Regina: It seems like every year the University of Regina produces at least
one legitimate offensive line prospect. Paterson is strong (30 bench press reps at the Combine) and
looks like he could add some weight to turn into a solid guard in the pros.

26. Kris Bastien, REC, Concordia: Bastien has a pro-ready body, but scouts have questioned his toughness.
He has a nice size (6-foot-2 and a half), strength (20 bench press reps) and speed (4.63 in the 40) combo.
The Bombers traded Jade Etienne in the off-season and could use a fresh non-import talent at receiver.

27. Nigel Romick, DL, Saint Mary's: Romick could be a tough matchup on special teams. He has room
to add muscle to his 6-foot-5, 242-pound frame. Players with his size, speed, 4.72 in the 40 and athletic
ability don’t come around too often.

Rick Moffat - Montreal Alouettes Columnist:
Who will go 1st overall: Pierre Lavertu

Who will the Alouettes pick 1st?: Adam Thibault

Don Campbell - Ottawa REDBLACKS Columnist:
Who will go 1st overall: Pierre Lavertu


Don Landry - Toronto Argonauts Columnist:
Who will go 1st overall: Pierre Lavertu

Who will the Argonauts pick 1st?: Devon Bailey

Justin Dunk - Hamilton Tiger-Cats Columnist:
Who will go 1st overall: Pierre Lavertu

Who will the Tiger-Cats pick 1st?: Andrew Lue

Bob Irving - Winnipeg Blue Bombers Columnist:
Who will go 1st overall: David Foucault

Who will the Blue Bombers pick 1st?: Pierre Lavertu

Jamie Nye - Saskatchewan Roughriders Columnist:
Who will go 1st overall: Pierre Lavertu

Who will the Roughriders pick 1st?: Andrew Lue

Dave Campbell - Edmonton Eskimos Columnist:
Who will go 1st overall: Pierre Lavertu

Who will the Eskimos pick 1st?: Quinn Smith

Mark Stephen - Calgary Stampeders Columnist:
Who will go 1st overall: Pierre Lavertu

Who will the Stampeders pick 1st?: Evan Gill

Jim Morris - BC Lions Columnist:
Who will go 1st overall: Matthias Goossen

Who will the Lions pick 1st?: Quinn Smith

Fan Comments
Manu13Etcheverry
i know right!!! i like dunks prediction better! alexandre dupuis. or maybe antoine pruneau.. any depth for DBs or FB
May 13, 2014 - 4:27pm
 
als rule
now these are real interesting selections!! hey moffat adam thibault?!! WHAT?!! you have to be kidding right?!!
May 13, 2014 - 12:18pm
 

Draft Tracker

Pick Team Pos Player
1 Stampeders via OTT OL Lavertu, Pierre
2 Blue Bombers OL Goossen, Matthias
3 Argonauts via EDM RB Coombs, Anthony
4 REDBLACKS via MTL DB Pruneau, Antoine
5 Alouettes via OTT via BC OL Foucault, David
6 Eskimos via TOR WR Bailey, Devon
7 Stampeders DL Smith, Quinn
8 Tiger-Cats via SSK via HAM LB Landry, Beau
9 Tiger-Cats via SSK DL Gill, Evan
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