Friday 30 April 2010

As the Draft Nears

We are less than 48 hours from the 2010 CFL Draft (which can be seen live on TSN beginning at 12:00PM EST), and with that comes a lot of chatter about what teams might do.

One team in a very advantageous spot is Saskatchewan. They have the 2nd and 4th overall picks and could use them on two very talented Canadian prospects, or they could flip one or both of those picks in a trade. This is where things get interesting.

According to Roughriders GM Brenden Taman, the Riders have been offered trades for those picks, offers that the team is "seriously considering." I wonder who has contacted the Green Riders about their picks? Perhaps it was the Tiger-Cats.

Obviously, this is simply speculation on my part, but I would be shocked to find out that one of those trade offers hasn't come from Tiger-Cat GM Bob O'Billovich. The Tabbies don't have a 1st-round pick – and don't make their first pick until 12th overall – so the team should definitely be exploring any options that could have them move back into the 1st round. I don't want the team to sell the farm to move up, but moving is something the team should at least be looking at.

The issues are: what are they offering to move up, and who do they want to take? Many are saying that it could be Guelph Place Kicker/Punter Rob Maver. I'd love to see Maver in the Black & Gold, but I don't see how the team can justify parting with any player on its roster to draft a kicker. Maver is great, but he's not worth a Defensive Linemen or Defensive Back.

Of course, there is always the chance that another player has caught the eye of the Tiger-Cats GM, and he may be willing to part with a current player to acquire whoever it may be. I trust that Bob O'Billovich will make the right call. I just wonder if that call will be for the 12th overall pick or for one much earlier.

All the excitement begins at 12:00PM. I'll be watching and waiting to see what Obie will do.

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