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Forde: Saskatchewan Roughriders Draft Primer

Duane Forde
5/3/2013 12:01:42 PM
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Current Non-Import Roster

# Name POS HT WT University
66 Best, Chris OL 6'4 315 Waterloo
67 Clark, Dan OL 6'2 310 Regina Thunder
65 Heenan, Ben OL 6'4 310 Saskatchewan
57 LaBatte, Brendon OL 6'4 304 Regina
53 Neufeld, Patrick OL 6'5 296 Saskatchewan
68 Picard, Dominic OL 6'2 301 Laval
6 Bagg, Rob WR 6'0 190 Queen's
89 Getzlaf, Chris WR 6'1 208 Regina
87 Hargreaves, Aaron WR 6'4 233 Simon Fraser
18 McHenry, Scott WR 6'2 217 Saskatchewan
12 Sisco, Jordan WR 6'0 212 Regina
26 Bell, Graeme FB 5'11 229 Saskatchewan
32 Hughes, Neal FB 5'10 208 Regina
92 Evans, Zack DL 6'4 295 Regina Thunder
95 Foley, Ricky DL 6'3 256 York
74 Shologan, Keith DL 6'2 290 Central Florida
97 Wellman, Ryan DL 6'6 235 Regina
51 Black, Tristan LB 6'2 221 Wayne State
43 Crawford, Aaron LB 6'4 250 Saint Mary's
47 Huclack, Cory LB 6'0 215 Manitoba
31 Hurl, Samuel LB 6'1 225 Calgary
45 McCullough, Mike LB 6'2 222 St. Francis Xavier
42 Newman, Graig LB 6'1 195 Saskatoon Hilltops
28 Butler, Craig DB 6'2 196 Western
35 McCall, Bryce DB 6'0 200 Saskatchewan
21 Waldu, Paul DB 6'0 170 Saskatchewan
14 McKnight, Brody K/P 6'0 204 Montana
19 Milo, Chris K/P 5'11 205 Laval

Potential Non-Import Starting Positions
4 offensive linemen, 2 defensive linemen, 2 receivers, 1 linebacker, free safety

Key Canadian Arrivals
DE Ricky Foley and LB Tristan Black arrive from Toronto as free agents, while K/P Brody McKnight came over in a trade with Edmonton.

Key Canadian Departures
Former #1 overall pick DE/LB Shomari Williams and OL/LS Alex Krausnick-Groh departed via free agency.

In The Pipeline
None

Draft Needs
Offensive line is a priority after losing youngsters Matt O'Donnell (trade) and Alex Krausnick-Groh (free agency) within the last year, while fullbacks Neal Hughes and Graeme Bell aren't getting any younger. The Riders have some ratio flexibility in terms of where they want to play Canadian starters but, in order to truly exercise that flexibility, the club needs to add depth behind Ricky Foley and Craig Butler at defensive end and safety respectively. Depth at receiver could also be a concern, particularly with Rob Bagg and Jordan Sisco coming off serious injuries.

2013 Draft Selections
4th, 22nd, 38th, 49th, 56th

Early Round Picks (2008-2012)
2008: DL Keith Shologan (4th), OL Jonathan St. Pierre (10th), DL Mike Stadnyk (14th)
2009: DB Tamon George (9th)
2010: DL/LB Shomari Williams (1st), WR Jordan Sisco (8th)
2011: DB Craig Butler (12th), OL Matt O'Donnell (15th)
2012: OL Ben Heenan (1st), LB Sam Hurl (12th)

Best Late Round Pick (2008-2012)
Midway through last season, the Roughriders gained some ratio flexibility by replacing import Chris Patrick at right tackle with Canadian Patrick Neufeld, whom the club had stolen in the fifth round (33rd overall) of the 2010 Draft.

Quirky Draft Fact
There's no questioning the selection of Ben Heenan first overall last year but consider three other recent early round Roughrider picks used on local products. In '08 and '09, Saskatchewan chose redshirt Montana DE Mike Stadnyk, a Regina native, and University of Regina CB Tamon George respectively. Both players are out of the league while, in both cases, the next comparable player chosen (redshirt Western Michigan DE Fernand Kashama in '08 and New Hampshire CB Ryan Hinds in '09) not only remains in the CFL but has also spent time as a starter. In 2010, the Riders drafted receiver Jordan Sisco (9 career catches for 116 yards, 0 TDs) eighth overall, immediately ahead of Cory Watson (121-1414, 3 TDs) and Shawn Gore (121-1556, 6 TDs). With a team that is as much a part of its community's culture as the Saskatchewan Roughriders are, it is a huge positive that, of the 28 players listed on the current non-import roster, exactly half of them (14) are products of university or junior football programs based in the province of Saskatchewan.  However, history suggests that the challenge for the Riders is striking a balance between maintaining the local content quota and selecting the best available prospects on Draft Day.



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