Perhaps, Argo fans, you'd think that it would have been nice for your team to have retained its first-round pick (second overall) in the 2012 CFL Canadian College draft.
Coming off a season that saw the team finish seventh in an eight team loop, a high draft pick and a young Canadian impact player would have been a silver lining for a disappointing campaign.
That number two pick could have been used to snag one of the big three prizes in the draft; University of Saskatchewan offensive lineman Ben Heenan, Laurier receiver Shamawd Chambers, or maybe even Boise State defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford, who was selected in the third round by the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL Entry Draft over the weekend.
Barring an unforeseen trade (it would take a bit of a jaw-dropper to pry one of those top three picks away from The Roughriders, Eskimos or Tiger-Cats) the Argos will make its first pick in the second round, ninth overall.
Don't forget, part of the reason why they'll remain silent until that point is the fact that they moved their second overall pick to Edmonton as part of the deal that brought star quarterback Ricky Ray to town.
And that was the biggest move of the CFL's off-season, improving in very, very large fashion, Toronto’s fortunes at the pivot position.
You can consider then, in a way, that the team got Ricky Ray second overall in this draft. You'd make that pick every time, wouldn't you?
Now then, what's a team to do when it waits it out until early in the second round?
According to general manager Jim Barker, if his team can't move its pick up by way of a trade, he'll be content to make his selection in the nine-spot.
"There's a lot of value in this draft. I think there's a lot of great 'two-round' picks," he said.
The Argos could stand pat, cross their fingers and hope that the best player, who would most fit their needs at this time, as well as going forward, somehow escapes detection in the first round.
That player is Laval linebacker Frédéric Plesius.
A freelance broadcaster and writer, Don is also the in-stadium announcer for Toronto Argonauts home games. A familiar voice to Toronto sports fans, he hosted the morning show at The FAN for more than 10 years. Follow Don on Twitter @CFLLandry
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