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Glenn among 24 players picked in Redblacks expansion draft

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TSN.ca Staff
12/16/2013 10:23:14 PM
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The CFL's ninth franchise - the Ottawa Redblacks - completed their expansion draft on Monday in Ottawa.

The first round of picks featured eight import players and was highlighted by Calgary Stampeders quarterback Kevin Glenn.

Glenn, a Detroit native, has played 13 years in the league for the Stampeders, Saskatchewan Roughriders, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He was a CFL East All-Star in 2007, and is currently 10th on league's list of all-time leading passers with 36,666 yards.

"Kevin has been a great contributor to our success the past two seasons and we wish him the best in Ottawa," said Stampeders head coach and general manager John Hufnagel in a statement. "Kevin was a true professional on and off the field and I thank him for all the great things he has done for us.

"We're sad to see Kevin go, but we're confident that our quarterback situation is in good hands with Drew Tate and Bo Levi Mitchell, who benefitted a great deal from having been Kevin's teammate these past two years."

The Redblacks also selected quarterback Thomas DeMarco, defensive linemen Moton Hopkins and Jonathan Williams, Receivers Wallace Miles and Carlton Mitchell, offenive lineman James Lee and running back Chevon Walker in the first round.

DeMarco has played for the BC Lions the last two seasons.

"Our philosophy getting into this is to take the best players, it wasn't going to be a function of offence or defence," Redblacks general manager Marcel Desjardins told reporters. "Really, we're sticking to that philosophy."

"It became a function of having two guys that we felt were the best quarterbacks available that were not going to be free agents," Desjardins told reporters. "That's a key component for us.

"Obviously Kevin is very familiar with what we're going to want to do offensively, which is a bonus. And we also have a combination of veteran leadership and younger players so we have all the elements in place that we think are going to help us be a strong team, specifically at that position."

Walker, who has played two seasons for the Tiger-Cats, will likely be the feature back in Ottawa.

Hopkins spent three seasons in the league, two in Montreal and one in Winnipeg, and Williams spent his two seasons playing for the Lions and Toronto Argonauts.

Miles spent his two seasons in Winnipeg and Mitchell spent his this past season, his first, in Edmonton. Lee played this past season, his only in the CFL, with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The second round allowed the team to select eight non-import players. The picks were: Offensive linemen Joe Eppelle (Toronto), Alexandre Kruasnick (Edmonton), J'Michael Deane (Calgary), and Matt Albright (BC), as well as fullbacks John Delahunt (Hamilton) and Patrick Lavoie (Montreal), linebacker James Green (Winnipeg) and defensive lineman Keith Shologan (Saskatchewan).

The third and final round allowed Ottawa to select eight more non-import: linebacker Jordan Verdone (Montreal), linebacker Jason Pottinger (Toronto), centre Marwan Hage (Hamilton), receiver Rory Kohlert (Winnipeg), defensive tackle Zack Evans (Saskatchewan), defensive end Justin Capicciotti (Edmonton), safety Eric Fraser (Calgary), and defensive tackle Andrew Marshall (BC).



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