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Forde: West division team draft profiles - Eskimos

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Duane Forde
4/30/2012 8:00:52 PM
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Current Non-Import Roster:
Gord Hinse, OL, Alberta
Kyle Koch, OL, McMaster
Scott Mitchell, OL, Rice
Brian Ramsay, OL, New Mexico
Simeon Rottier, OL, Alberta
Dylan Steenbergen, OL, Calgary
Dale Stevenson, OL, Alberta
Greg Wojt, OL, Central Michigan
Matt Carter, WR, Acadia
Nate Coehoorn, WR, Calgary
Aaron Hargreaves, WR, Simon Fraser
Andrew Nowacki, WR, Murray State
Youssy Pierre, WR, Montreal
Tyler Scott, WR, Western Ontario
Mathieu Bertrand, RB, Laval
Pascal Fils, RB, Sherbrooke
Calvin McCarty, RB, Western Washington
Ted Laurent, DL, Mississippi
E´tienne Légaré, DL, Laval
Don Oramasionwu, DL, Manitoba
Jermaine Reid, DL, Akron
Dee Sterling, DL, Queen's
Mike Cornell, LB, Ottawa
Donovan Alexander, DB, North Dakota
Delroy Clarke, DB, Ottawa
Ludovic Kashindi, DB, Sherbrooke
Hugo Lopez, DB, Toronto
Mike Miller, DB, Acadia
Corbin Sharun, DB, Edmonton Wildcats
Burke Dales, K, Concordia
Derek Schiavone, K, Western Ontario
Grant Shaw, K, Saskatchewan
Taylor Inglis, LS, Edmonton Wildcats

Of the 33 non-imports on the roster, 12 of them (36.4%) were acquired via the draft.

Key Canadian Additions: OG Simeon Rottier, DT Don Oramasionwu, WR Matt Carter, WR Aaron Hargreaves, P Burke Dales, K/LB Grant Shaw

Key Canadian Losses: RB Jerome Messam, OL Aaron Fiacconi, OL Patrick Kabongo, SB Chris Bauman

In The Pipeline: Although RB Jerome Messam left Edmonton to sign with the NFL's Miami Dolphins, the Eskimos will retain his CFL rights this season because he was entering the option year of his CFL contract. They are also waiting for versatile Brigham Young athlete Dalin Tollestrup to complete his NCAA eligibility this fall. Less likely to ever appear in Edmonton are veteran Canadian NFLers DL Israel Idonije, K Shaun Suisham, and LS L.P. Ladouceur. The rights to all three were acquired from Ottawa in the 2006 Dispersal Draft.

Potential Non-Import Starting Positions: 3 OL, 2 WR, RB, DT, FS

Most Pressing Need: In terms of a position, linebacker is where the Esks Canadian talent is thinnest, although Mike Miller and/or Corbin Sharun could theoretically be considered there. Continuing the rebuild of the offensive line is also a consideration, after parting ways with Aaron Fiacconi and Patrick Kabongo, and adding Simeon Rottier. Overall, what the Esks really need is to exchange some of their quantity for quality. Don't be surprised to see them deal non-imports from their O- and D-Lines for an opportunity to get high draft choices.

Five-Year Draft History:
YEAR, OVERALL, NAME, POS, SCHOOL
2011, 2, Scott Mitchell, OL, Rice
2011, 5, Nathan Coehoorn, WR, Calgary
2011, 14, Hugo Lopez, DB, Toronto
2011, 46, Youssy Pierre, WR, Montréal
2011, SD2, Ted Laurent, DT, Mississippi

2010, 6, Brian Bulcke, DL, Stanford
2010, 12, Saleem Borhot, DB, Saint Mary's
2010, 35, Scott Ferguson, OL, St. Cloud State
2010, 43, Corbin Sharun, DB, St. Francis Xavier

2009, 11, Gordon Hinse, OT, Alberta
2009, 12, Dee Sterling, DL, Queen's
2009, 20, Andrea Bonaventura, LB, Calgary
2009, 36, Eric Lee, RB, Weber State
2009, 44, Jason Kosec, LB, Western Ontario

2008, 11, Greg Wojt, OL, Central Michigan
2008, 19, Tim St. Pierre, LB, Saint Mary's
2008, 23, Justin Cooper, DL, Manitoba
2008, 25, Sammy Okpro, DB, Concordia
2008, 26, Jonathan Hood, DB, St.FX
2008, 34, Dante Luciani, REC, Laurier

2007, 2, Warren Kean, K, Concordia
2007, 10, Jason Nedd, DB, Akron
2007, 26, Micheal Jean-louis, DL, Laval
2007, 27, Calvin McCarty, RB, Western Washington

Implications of Past Drafts: To be blunt, the Eskimos hadn't drafted well for years leading up to Eric Tillman's hiring as general manager. With rebuilding the club's non-import talent base as one of ET's top priorities, he has been forced to rely heavily on free agency to achieve a quick turnaround. Cashing in, with two of the first six picks overall for the second consecutive year, would help reduce the pressure on the club to spend next February.

2012 Selections (4): 2nd, 6th, 20th, 36th

Scott Mitchell (Photo: Riceowls.com)

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