Forde: Hamilton Tiger-Cats Draft Primer

Duane Forde
5/3/2013 12:26:29 PM
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Current Non-Import Roster

# Name POS HT WT University
65 Baillargeon, Pascal OL 6'5 300 Laval
67 Dyakowski, Peter OL 6'5 325 Louisiana State
68 Filer, Mike OL 6'2 300 Mount Allison
62 Hage, Marwan OL 6'2 291 Colorado
57 Husband, Cody OL 6'7 307 UBC
61 Medeiros, Jason OL 6'4 315 McMaster
55 O'Neill, Tim OL 6'3 305 Calgary
69 Rice, Landon OL 6'6 315 Manitoba
66 Wojt, Greg OL 6'4 293 Central Michigan
19 Brescacin, Jordan WR 6'4 180 Windsor
85 Charbonneau-Campeau, Simon WR 6'4 195 Sherbrooke
75 Diston, Jay WR 6'3 185 Burlington Braves
83 Fantuz, Andy WR 6'4 220 Western
11 Giguere, Samuel WR 6'0 215 Sherbrooke
88 Stala, Dave WR 6'2 198 St. Mary's
15 Palmer, Bo WR 5'9 190 Simon Fraser
24 Stephenson, Daryl RB 6'2 228 Windsor
95 Bulcke, Brian DL 6'4 281 Stanford
51 Fortin, Marc-Antoine DL 6'4 245 Laval
9 Williams, Shomari DL 6'1 232 Queen's
48 Beaulieu-Richard, Jonathan LB 6'1 215 Montreal
46 Dubuisson-Lebon, Philippe LB 6'2 221 Sherbrooke
47 Richardson, Louie LB 6'4 220 Manitoba
3 Beswick, Marc DB 6'1 198 Saint Mary's
26 Bucknor, Matt DB 5'11 180 Windsor
34 Hinds, Ryan DB 6'1 198 New Hampshire
30 Mutobola, Harold DB 6'1 190 Western
7 Congi, Luca K/P 5'10 190 Simon Fraser
44 Bartel, Josh P 6'3 200 Australia
54 Scott, Kevin LS 6'3 232 Queen's

Potential Non-Import Starting Positions
4 offensive lineman, 2 receivers, defensive tackle, and 1 defensive back

Key Canadian Arrivals
OL Greg Wojt arrives via trade, while DT Brian Bulcke and DE Shomari Williams signed on as free agents. The Ticats have signed numerous undrafted free agents.

Key Canadian Departures
Veteran LB Yannick Carter departed as a free agent and OL prospect Carson Rockhill was sacrificed in the Wojt trade.

In The Pipeline
2012 draftee RB Bo Palmer has already signed with the Tabbies and the hope is that draft classmates DB Courtney Stephen, DT Michael Atkinson, LB Frédric Plesius, and DL Hasan Hazime (rights acquired from Eskimos) will be close behind. Fellow 2012 pick DE Arnaud Gascon-Nadon will likely miss training camp as he recovers from shoulder surgery. OL Moe Petrus was the Cats top pick in 2011 but is still exploring potential NFL opportunities.

Draft Needs
Adding depth at defensive tackle and defensive back would augment the Tiger-Cats ratio flexibility significantly. The club is light on LB/special teams body types and, in the continued absence of Petrus, also lacks what would be considered blue chip O-Line prospects.

2013 Draft Selections
1st, 15th, 19th, 35th, 37th, 43rd, 45th, 53rd

Early Round Picks (2008-2012)
2008: DB Dylan Barker (1st), WR Samuel Giguere (8th)
2009: OL Simeon Rottier (1st), FB Darcy Brown (6th), DB Ryan Hinds (13th)
2010: OL Zac Carlson (1st Round in '09 Supplemental Draft)
2011: OL Moe Petrus (10th), DL Maurice Forbes (13th)
2012: DB Courtney Stephen (8th), LB Fredric Plesius (10th), OL Carson Rockhill (13th)

Best Late Round Pick (2008-2012)
The Ticats miscast Justin Palardy, trying to turn a very good placekicking prospect into a pure punter but, given how he has turned out for Winnipeg, Palardy was definitely worth a fifth round pick (36th overall) in 2010.

Quirky Draft Fact
In the last two drafts, eleven of the Tiger-Cats thirteen selections have turned out to be “futures”, who wouldn't join the club until at least a year after they were chosen. There's generally a limited amount of space on a CFL roster for inexperienced Canadian rookies and, with the possibility of up to seven 2011 and 2012 picks joining the club at some point this season, the team may again look to take redshirt juniors in the first half of the draft to avoid having to release promising prospects because of the numbers game.

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