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Forde: BC Lions Draft Primer

Duane Forde

5/3/2013 12:35:20 PM

Current Non-Import Roster

# Name POS HT WT University
66 Baboulas, Adam OL 6'4 300 Saint Mary's
67 Hameister-Ries, Jon OL 6'6 285 Tulsa
68 Kabongo, Patrick OL 6'6 360 Nebraska
59 Norman, Matthew OL 6'3 317 Western
64 Reid, Angus OL 6'1 305 Simon Fraser
54 Valli, Dean OL 6'5 300 Simon Fraser
88 Foster, Akeem WR 6'4 212 St. Francis Xavier
83 Godding, Keith WR 6'0 190 Bishop's
85 Gore, Shawn WR 6'0 198 Bishop's
87 Iannuzzi, Marco WR 6'1 198 Harvard
19 Jackson, Paris WR 6'3 215 Utah
25 Foord, Stuart RB 5'11 195 Regina Thunder
33 Harris, Andrew RB 5'11 200 V.I. Raiders
40 Cronk, Tim FB 6'0 245 Bishop's
46 Lumbala, Rolly FB 6'2 238 Idaho
49 Doege, Steven DL 6'3 230 Okanagan Suns
99 Westerman, Jabar DL 6'2 285 Eastern Michigan
48 Conn, Justin LB 6'3 230 Bishop's
51 Gesse, Joash LB 5'11 221 Montreal
45 Arakgi, Jason DB 6'2 205 McMaster
27 LaRose, J.R. DB 6'2 205 Edmonton Huskies
4 McCallum, Paul K/P 5'11 185 Surrey Rams
18 O'Neill, Hugh K/P 6'2 185 Alberta

Potential Non-Import Starting Positions
3 offensive linemen, 2 receivers, running back, free safety, and defensive tackle

Key Canadian Arrivals
OL Matt Norman will be with the team for the full season after returning to school last September.

Key Key Canadian Departures
FS Cauchy Muamba left for Winnipeg via free agency and OL Jesse Newman retired.

In The Pipeline
2012 first rounder OL Kirby Fabien could arrive this season, while somewhere well down the road, current Philadelphia Eagles OL Danny Watkins could also wind up with the Leos.

Draft Needs
Angus Reid's age and the injury histories of Jon Hameister-Ries and, to a lesser extent, Dean Valli, make offensive line a priority, while the desire to expand Jabar Westerman's role will require non-import depth on the defensive line. Following Cauchy Muamba's departure via free agency, the Lions might also look at a defensive back.

2013 Draft Selections
6th, 12th, 21st, 33rd, 42nd, 50th, 58th

Early Round Picks (2008-2012)
2008: OL Justin Sorensen (5th), FB Rolly Lumbala (9th)
2009: RB Jamall Lee (3rd), LB James Yurichuk (4th), WR Matt Carter (5th)
2010: OL Danny Watkins (4th), SB Shawn Gore (10th)
2011: WR Marco Iannuzzi (6th), K/P Hugh O'Neill (11th)
2012: DL Jabar Westerman (2nd), OL Kirby Fabien (7th)

Best Late Round Pick (2008-2012)
Cauchy Muamba developed into a solid starter at free safety after being chosen in the fifth round (34th overall) in 2010.

Quirky Draft Fact
Over the last two seasons, kicker Sean Whyte and running backs Jerome Messam and Andrew Harris have established themselves among the CFL's best Canadian players. The Lions brought all three of them into the league without expending a single draft choice. B.C. has done a very good job of understanding and exploiting what are best described as flaws in the draft system. Harris and Whyte were signed as domiciled juniors, meaning that their CFL rights belonged to the Lions because they were playing junior football in British Columbia. The Lions claimed Messam's rights by placing him on their negotiation list after he went undrafted in '08. Kudos to the Leos for making the most of the rules however, in my opinion, those are two draft related rules that need to change. Junior players should be part of the draft and undrafted players should become free agents, with the negotiation list only being for import players.