TORONTO — He wasn’t the first running back off the board, but Mercer Timmis will be playing pro football down the road from where he grew up.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats took the Burlington, Ont. native with the 14th overall pick, adding an explosive weapon to their offensive backfield in a second round filled with skill position players. Timmis was the second running back to go after the Als took McMaster running back Wayne Moore with the 11th overall pick.
The Bombers set the tone with two straight picks to open the second round, fortifying both lines with the additions of defensive lineman Trent Corney and offensive lineman Michael Couture. Couture helped his stock with a strong showing at the combine, while Corney, the eighth-ranked prospect, slipped out of the first round despite increasing buzz ahead of the draft.
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The BC Lions went with Southern Illinois defensive back Anthony Thompson with the 12th overall pick, followed by the Argos going with local University of Toronto product and offensive lineman DJ Sackey at 13.
After Timmis went to the Ticats, the Stampeders added some more Canadian content at the receiver position with Northern Illinois’ Juwan Brescacin. He’ll join Anthony Parker and Lemar Durant as promising young receivers in the Stamps’ receiving corps.
The second round closed out with back to back defensive backs going off the board, as the REDBLACKS took Concordia graduate Mikael Charland at 16 while the Eskimos took a gamble on the highly-touted Arjen Colquhoun, the fourth-ranked player on the CFL Scouting Bureau.
With that the Eskimos will have a chance to benefit from potential big returns down the road from the early portion of the draft, as Tevaun Smith and Colquhoun are ranked second and fourth overall respectively on the CFL Scouting Bureau but are currently on NFL rosters.
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