Forde: Edmonton Eskimos Draft Primer

Duane Forde
5/3/2013 11:57:12 AM
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Current Non-Import Roster

# Name POS HT WT University
57 Hinse, Gord OL 6'4 307 Alberta
61 Koch, Kyle OL 6'2 310 McMaster
54 Krausnick, Alexander OL 6'3 290 Calgary
67 Mitchell, Scott OL 6'4 295 Rice
66 O'Donnell, Matthew OL 6'11 340 Queen's
63 Ramsay, Brian OL 6'8 312 New Mexico
0 Rockhilll, Carson OL 6'6 284 Calgary
65 Rottier, Simeon OL 6'6 295 Alberta
59 Stevenson, Dale OL 6'7 292 Alberta
86 Carter, Matt WR 6'2 199 Acadia
17 Chambers, Shamawd WR 6'3 219 Wilfrid Laurier
85 Coehoorn, Nate WR 6'2 220 Calgary
87 Pierre, Youssy WR 6'0 185 Montreal
80 Scott, Tyler WR 6'2 203 Western
82 Turner, Steven WR 5'8 175 Bishop's
20 Exume, Kyle RB 5'10 198 Bishop's
31 McCarty, Calvin RB 5'10 215 Western Michigan
18 Brown, Darcy FB 6'4 251 Saint Mary's
44 Thiel, Peter FB 6'1 229 Saskatchewan
92 Capicciotti, Justin DL 6'3 235 Simon Fraser
94 Laurent, Ted DL 6'1 303 Mississippi
95 Legare, Etienne DL 6'3 268 Laval
93 Oramasionwu, Don DL 6'2 289 Manitoba
97 Steele, Eddie DL 6'2 273 Manitoba
49 Cornell, Mike LB 6'2 225 Ottawa
48 Kanya, Nathan LB 6'2 210 UBC
39 Sharun, Corbin LB 5'11 214 Edmonton Wildcats
10 Alexander, Donovan DB 6'0 181 North Dakota
24 Clarke, Delroy DB 6'0 190 Ottawa
19 Lopez, Hugo DB 6'3 210 Toronto
25 Miller, Mike DB 6'0 208 Acadia
15 Rwabukamba, Chris DB 5'11 192 Duke
11 Shaw, Grant K 6'3 218 Saskatchewan
9 Dales, Burke P 6'3 225 Concordia
40 Benson, Mike LS 5'10 238 Acadia
53 King, Ryan LS 5'11 218 Saint Mary's

Potential Non-Import Starting Positions
4 offensive linemen, 2 receivers, 1 defensive lineman, and free safety

Key Canadian Arrivals
Rookie OL Carson Rockhill was acquired in a trade with Hamilton, while OL/LS Alex Krausnick-Groh and DL Eddie Steele were signed as free agents.

Key Canadian Departures
Veterans RB Jerome Messam, OL Greg Wojt, and DL Jermaine Reid, as well as young K/P Brody McKnight, were all traded over the winter. OL Dylan Steenbergen was not re-signed.

In The Pipeline
OL Austin Pasztor was reportedly about to sign with Edmonton last season when the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars called.

Draft Needs
Overall, the Esks have ample depth but should aim to exchange some of their quantity for quality. Look for a “best available” approach, with an eye towards becoming a more physical football team.

2013 Draft Selections
10th, 24th, 26th, 31st, 51st, 55th

Early Round Picks (2008-2012)
2008: OL Greg Wojt (11th)
2009: OL Gord Hinse (11th), DL Dee Stirling (12th)
2010: DL Brian Bulcke (6th), DB Saleem Borhot (12th)
2011: OL Scott Mitchell (2nd), WR Nate Coehoorn (5th), DB Hugo Lopez (14th)
2012: OL Austin Pasztor (4th), WR Shamawd Chambers (6th), DL Ted Laurent (2nd Round '11 Supplemental Draft), DL Justin Capicciotti (14th)

Best Late Round Pick (2008-2012)
Local product Corbin Sharun has developed into a special teams stalwart since being drafted in the sixth round (43rd overall) in 2010.

Quirky Draft Fact
Since 2007, between trades (Noel Prefontaine, Grant Shaw, Brody McKnight) and actual draft selections (Warren Kean), the Eskimos have spent three first round picks...and “part of” Ricky fill their kicking positions. Yet, over that same time frame, the only Eskimo kicker to connect on over 80% of his field goal attempts is Derek Schiavone...who was undrafted in 2008. Schiavone hit 39 of 45 (86.7%) field goal tries from 2008 to 2011.

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