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Forde: Toronto Argonauts Draft Primer

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Duane Forde
5/3/2013 12:07:02 PM
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Current Non-Import Roster

# Name POS HT WT University
59 Eppele, Joe OL 6'8 304 Washington State
64 Jones, Andrew OL 6'3 326 McMaster
67 Keeping, Jeff OL 6'6 291 Western
57 Parenteau, Marc OL 6'5 294 Boston College
68 Reinders, Joel OL 6'8 315 Waterloo
52 Smith, Wayne OL 6'4 306 Appalachian State
54 Van Zeyl, Chris OL 6'7 300 McMaster
88 Bradwell, Mike WR 6'4 193 McMaster
32 Durie, Andre WR 5'10 197 York
83 Feoli-Gudino, Julian WR 6'0 204 Laval
87 Hurst, Quincy WR 5'8 154 Manitoba
18 Kouame, Djems WR 6'1 192 Montreal
82 Rempel, Chad WR 6'1 192 Montreal
89 Watt, Spencer WR 6'0 185 Simon Fraser
33 Johnson, Jeff RB 5'10 219 York
91 Lee, David DL 6'4 247 Western
0 Reid, Jermaine DL 6'4 275 Akron
97 Robinson, Alexander DL 6'6 256 Western
- Antwi, Akwasi LB 6'2 250 Mount Allison
47 Jones, Kyle LB 6'2 209 Bishop's
46 Pottinger, Jason LB 6'3 232 McMaster
42 Spencer, Walter LB 5'10 217 Indianapolis
- Yurichuk, James LB 6'3 222 Bishop's
39 Black, Matt DB 5'9 187 Saginaw Valley State
41 Hood, Jonathan DB 6'0 195 Western
13 Alix, Anthony K 6'0 187 St. Francis Xavier

Potential Non-Import Starting Positions
5 offensive linemen, 2 receivers, linebacker, 1 defensive lineman

Key Canadian Arrivals
DL Jermaine Reid was picked up in a deal with Edmonton. LB James Yurichuk and DB/LB Jonathan Hood arrived from B.C. and Hamilton respectively as free agents. LB Akwasi Antwi was acquired from Calgary for the playing rights to 2006 first round pick Dan Federkeil.

Key Canadian Departures
DE Ricky Foley headed to Saskatchewan as a free agent while DT Adriano Belli and K/P Noel Prefontaine retired. OL Cedric Gagé-Marcoux remains unsigned.

In The Pipeline
2011 pick OL Tyler Holmes is with the Minnesota Vikings, while 2012 draftee TE Luke Willson just became a fifth round pick of the Seattle Seahawks. DT Cleyon Laing and LB Hervé Tonye-Tonye are 2012 draft picks who should be with Toronto this season. The big question is whether or not the Boatmen will ever see 2010 third overall pick LB Cory Greenwood, who enters his fourth season with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Draft Needs
The club may look to replace veteran backups with promising youngsters on the offensive line. The depth of this draft class at defensive tackle should certainly interest the Argonauts as well. The club is also thin at defensive back and may look to bring in another young Canadian to challenge Anthony Alix for the role of “kicker of the future”.

2013 Draft Selections
8th, 17th, 39th, 40th, 44th, 52nd, 60th

Early Round Picks (2008-2012)
2008: SB Mike Bradwell (13th)
2009: DL Étienne Légaré (2nd), WR Matt Lambros (10th)
2010: OL Joe Eppele (2nd), LB Cory Greenwood (3rd), K/DB Grant Shaw (11th)
2011: OL Tyler Holmes (7th)
2012: DL Cleyon Laing (9th)

Best Late Round Pick (2008-2012)
Hometown hero DB Matt Black was chosen in the sixth round (45th overall) in 2008 and has developed into a cornerstone of the club's special teams.

Quirky Draft Fact
The NIC is a pre-draft scouting combine for players who have been overlooked for invitations to the CFL Combine. In each of the first three years of its existence, the Double Blue have used a middle round pick to take a receiver who attended the NIC. All three of those picks, Spencer Watt (18th overall, 2010), Djems Kouamé (18th, 2011), and Quincy Hurst (28th, 2012) remain with the Argonauts. For those keeping track, the top draft eligible receiver at this year's NIC was 6'3” Stephen Adekolu of Bishop's...but the Argos don't currently have any selections in Rounds 3 and 4.

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