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The Rouge: QB stock watch for RedBlacks expansion draft

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Ben Fisher, TSN.ca
6/21/2013 3:50:15 PM
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A season before the Ottawa RedBlacks take to the field, GM Marcel Desjardins is surely keeping a keen eye on quarterbacks around the league.

With the updated expansion draft rules allowing member clubs to protect a maximum of one quarterback, Desjardins knows that come December he will have a real shot at landing a legit starter for the RedBlacks.

Of course, who exactly will made available to him remains a guessing game at this point, and will remain so until the other eight teams decide which of their QBs to protect.

Some cases are easy. Travis Lulay isn't going anywhere in BC. Ditto Ricky Ray in Toronto, Darian Durant in Saskatchewan, and if healthy, Drew Tate in Calgary.

Some teams however, have harder decisions to make. In Hamilton, GM and head coach Kent Austin will have to decide between his established, albeit aging starter Henry Burris, and one of his younger, potential-filled backups, be it Dan LeFevour or Brian Brohm.

An even more extreme scenario could play out in Montreal. Should he wish to return for a 21st season in the league, the Alouettes almost have to protect Anthony Calvillo. Of course, if not protected it would seem Calvillo would sooner retire than play for another team, especially an expansion franchise will little chance of initial success.

And even if a Burris or Calvillo is left unprotected, does Desjardins want to build his roster around a QB that would seemingly have just a season or two left in the tank?

Maybe the most enticing QB situation is in Edmonton. The Eskimos have two young QBs who have shown they have what it takes to be a starter in this league in Mike Reilly and Matt Nichols. Logic would dictate that Desjardins would simply select whomever the Eskimos don't protect, but Nichols' season-ending knee injury may have thrown a wrench in that plan.

Maybe the answer is someone not even on the radar right now. There is a full season to evaluate each team's stable of QBs, so somebody could come out of nowhere to catch Desjardins' attention.

The Rouge asks: Who should be at the top of Desjardins' watch list a season out from the RedBlacks expansion draft?

As always, it's Your! Call.

Desjardins and Hunt (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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