Sunday, May 6, 2012

Thoughts on the Ticats 2012 Draft

The draft this year went pretty well for the Ticats this year in my opinion. Trading down for more picks seems like a prudent move with more and more players getting looks in the NFL and disrupting getting the drafted player into training camp right away.

I don't know a lot about defensive back Courtney Stephen but getting some good Canadian content in the secondary can't hurt.

I like picking up Laval linebacker Frederic Plesius with the tenth pick overall. I could see Plesius contributing this year on special teams.

Drafting Laval defensive end Arnaud Gascon-Nadon in the third round was also a good pickup. I was impressed with Gascon-Nadon's play in the Vanier Cup this year. There aren't a lot of non-import defensive ends in the CFL, but having good Canadian defensive linemen is important, especially with the frequent substitutions on the defensive line.

Picking up Sherbrooke receiver Simon Charbonneau-Campeau in the fourth round also seems like a good move. Anyone who can get 1,121 receiving yards in the CIS in a single season has to have some talent in getting open.

Obviously how this draft year plays out won't be know for a while. Pretty much the most that can be hoped for from this year's crew is some special teams play. Still the Cats appear to have a good pipeline of Canadian talent.

One final thing about the draft, why not have it on Saturday at 11 am, rather than during the day on Thursday? Certainly more people could watch.

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