Forde: West division team draft profiles - Lions

Duane Forde
4/30/2012 7:56:45 PM
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Current Non-Import Roster:
Adam Baboulas, OL, St. Mary's
Jon Hameister-Ries, OL, Tulsa
Jesse Newman, OL, Louisiana-Lafayette
Angus Reid, OL, Simon Fraser
Dean Valli, OL, Simon Fraser
Akeem Foster, WR, St. Francis Xavier
Shawn Gore, WR, Bishop's
Marco Iannuzzi, WR, Harvard
Paris Jackson, WR, Utah
Tim Cronk, RB, Bishop's
Stuart Foord, RB, Regina Thunder Jrs.
Andrew Harris, RB, V.I. Raiders
Rolly Lumbala, RB, Idaho
Sean Ortiz, DL, UBC
Joash Gesse, LB, Montreal
James Yurichuk, LB, Bishop's
Jason Arakgi, DB, McMaster
J.R. LaRose, DB, Edm. Huskies (Jrs.)
Hamid Mahmoudi, DB, Montreal
Cauchy Muamba, DB, St. Francis Xavier
Kwasi Nkansah, DB, St. Francis Xavier
Davis Sanchez, DB, OregonPaul
McCallum, K, Surrey Rams (Jrs.)
Hugh O'Neill, K, Alberta

Of the 24 non-imports on the roster, 14 of them (58.3%) were acquired via the draft.

Key Canadian Additions: RB Stu Foord

Key Canadian Losses: DE Brent Johnson, OG Andrew Jones, RB Jamall Lee

In The Pipeline: In theory, former first round picks DB Oshomogho Atogwe and Danny Watkins could one day wear out their welcome in the NFL and join B.C…in theory. Also, interestingly, 34-year old DL Rob Meier, whom the Leos chose first overall way back in '99, is looking to return to pro football after a two-year retirement. While he would ideally like to be back in the NFL where he had previously played for ten seasons, the Vancouver native hasn't completely ruled out his hometown Lions as an option.

Potential Non-Import Starting Positions: 3 OL, 3 WR, RB, LB, FS

Most Pressing Need: The last few offseasons have seen the Lions lose defensive ends Ricky Foley (free agency) and Brent Johnson (retirement) so acquiring a D-Lineman who can become a rotation player is a must. Adding depth to the O-Line and receiving corps are also priorities.

Five-Year Draft History:
2011, 6, Marco Iannuzzi, WR, Harvard
2011, 11, Hugh O'Neill, K/P, Alberta
2011, 19, Michael Carter, DB, Maryland
2011, 37, Yannick Sage, OL, Sherbrooke
2011, 42,Chris Hodgson, DL, Saint Mary's
2011, SD6, Alex Ellis, DT, Wilfrid Laurier

2010, 4, Danny Watkins, OT, Baylor
2010, 10, Shawn Gore, WR, Bishop's
2010, 16, Joash Gesse, LB, Montréal
2010, 20, Hamid Mahmoudi, DB, Montréal
2010, 24, Nate Binder, WR, Tusculum College
2010, 25, Akeem Foster, WR, St. Francis Xavier
2010, 34, Cauchy Muamba, DB, St. Francis Xavier
2010, 41, Adam Baboulas, OL, Saint Mary's
2010, 42, Matthew Chapdelaine, WR, Simon Fraser

2009, 3, Jamall Lee, RB, Bishop's
2009, 4, James Yurichuk, LB, Bishop's
2009, 5, Matt Carter, WR, Acadia
2009, 21, Matt Morencie, OL, Windsor
2009, 29, Tang Bacheyie, S, Kansas
2009, 37, Jonathan Pierre-Etienne, DE, Montreal

2008, 5, Justin Sorensen, OL, South Carolina
2008, 9, Rolly Lumbala, RB, Idaho
2008, 18, Justin Shaw, DL, Manitoba
2008, 20, Jason Arakgi, LB, McMaster
2008, 22, Mike McEachern, DB, Western Illinois
2008, 38, Brady Browne, DB, Manitoba
2008, 46, Hubert Buydens, OL, Saskatchewan

2007, 8, Adam Nicolson, WR, Ottawa
2007, 16, Josh Bean, LB, Boise State
2007, 17, Tad Crawford, S, Columbia
2007, 24, Andre Sadeghian, RB, McMaster
2007, 32, Andrew Jones, DL, McMaster
2007, 40, Kyle Kirkwood, OL, Ottawa
2007, 47, Nic Edgson, DB, Idaho State

Implications of Past Drafts: It was a desire to eventually move to an all-Canadian offensive line that led the Lions to draft tackles Justin Sorensen and Danny Watkins in the first round in '08 and 2010 respectively. The fact that those picks didn't pan out has opened the door for young Canucks like Andrew Harris and some combination of Cauchy Muamba, James Yurichuk, and/or Marco Iannuzzi to become starters.

2012 Selections (5): 4th, 7th, 14th, 37th, 38th

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