1. Calgary Stampeders
The reigning Grey Cup champs may have lost some parts, but they're still a class above the rest of the league in consistency.
2. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Losing two potential Canadian starters before training camps starts definitely hurts but the Cats still have good Canadian strength and picking up Bomben in a trade with Montreal before the draft likely allows them to play three Canadians on the line. Collaros is obviously a star, and the rest of the offense is impressive with both CJ Gable and Nic Grigsby at running back.
3. Edmonton Eskimos
If quarterback Mike Reilly stays healthy, the Eskimos will do well. If Reilly who historically has taken a beating is injured, Edmonton won't be very good. I'm assuming he's healthy now.
4. Saskatchewan Roughriders
This placing assumes Darian Durant is healthy enough to start at quarterback again. The Riders have great defensive talent, but last year were weak at backup quarterback.
5. Montreal Alouettes
Can Crompton continue kicking ass as Montreal's starting quarterback? I've argued his numbers weren't great, but with Montreal's defense he doesn't need to be. No Duron Carter as a target is going to hurt.
6. BC Lions
Is Travis Lulay really going to be back and start? I'm skeptical. The rest of the team is meh.
7. Toronto Argonauts
Now that the Argos are sold, I'm assuming some money will flow from Bell and Tanenbaum. Yet another quarterback question, will Ricky Ray be healthy for the start of the season? I say not 100%.
8. Ottawa REDBLACKS
Lots of receivers. An aging Hank Burris. Better than Winnipeg
9. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
The Bombers continue their rebuild. Maybe they're better. But not much.