CFL Draft: Five players we would like to see pull on the orange and black.

The CFL Draft is one of the biggest crap shoots in all of sports and it’s also one of the biggest factors in building a winning team. The BC Lions have 8 picks to utilize in the 7 round draft picking 5th in each round, with an extra pick obtained in the deal with Hamilton for S.J. Haidara last week.

What players will be available to the Lions when they pick in the five-spot remains to be seen. Most people putting out mock drafts expect an early run on offensive linemen, which is one of the Lions more pressing needs.

That said, there could be some other nice options available if that happens and Wally Buono continually preaches the method of drafting the best football player available and not drafting for position.

With an extra pick in the draft, the Lions could possibly try to move up in the first round as well and talk on social media Monday suggested that there was plenty of talking going on between CFL General Managers.

Rather than try to predict who will be taken ahead of their fifth pick in the first round, let’s take a look at some of the players we would like to see pull on the orange and black tomorrow evening and why.

Sean McEwen – OL – University of Calgary

“Sean is maybe the most talented offensive lineman I had during my tenure at Calgary.” – Former Calgary Dinos and current UBC Head Coach, Blake Nill.

That’s pretty high praise from one of the most successful CIS coaches around. Sean McEwen sounds like the perfect pick for the BC Lions.

sean-mcewenSince the retirement of Angus Reid, the Lions have struggled to get a consistent performance at centre and are said to be considering replacing Matt Norman in that spot for 2015. They re-signed OL Cameron Thorn this off-season and will look at him as an option, but obtaining the services of McEwen could set them up for Jamie Taras or Angus Reid type stability at the position for years.

McEwen is pegged as a “pro-ready” prospect, and if he is there at five, I would be shocked if the Lions didn’t snap him up. But Monday, a wrench was thrown into the mix:

Will that news scare some teams off? It might, but the Lions were in a similar position the year they drafted Norman, who left the team a few games into the season to go and finish his degree. If the Lions really think McEwen is the player they want, I would expect they would welcome a similar arrangement.

The fact that McEwen played with current Lion Kirby Fabien on the Dinos is a bonus too, as the two players would have a strong built-in understanding of each other. Cohesiveness is a huge part of any successful offensive line.

Chris Ackie – DB – Wilfred  Laurier

Chris Ackie  impressed many at the CFL Combine and is described as a player that can play anywhere on the field. Like centre, the Lions have been searching for an answer at safety since Barron Miles retired. J.R. LaRose will not be back in 2015 and the Lions signed Chris Rwakuwamba as a free agent this off-season. Matt McGarva returns from a second knee surgery to try to stake claim to the position as well. Ackie could be the one they’ve been looking for.

Offensive line is an important need, but Ackie’s talent is undeniable, and may be too good for the Lions to pass up if he’s there and the offensive lineman they wanted is gone.

Jacob Ruby – OL – Richmond

At 6-7 and 315 pounds, Jacob Ruby has the size to be a tackle. Canadian starting tackles are gold in the CFL, a position that is often filled by internationals. The Lions depth chart will likely have Jovan Olafioye and Hunter Steward as the bookends when camp starts. Steward fared pretty well in a limited audition last season before he broke his leg. Olafioye is one of the league’s best. But Ruby would provide solid depth behind Steward, and give the Lions the option to move either of them inside if needed.

Sukh Chungh – OL – University of Calgary

sukhchungChungh could be an interesting option for the Lions on a few fronts. One he’s a physical guard who could really help the interior of the offensive line. Two, he’s a BC boy of Indo-Canadian decent, he could be a great role model in many communities across the lower mainland. But Wally Buono cares about the football player first, and if he were to land Chungh it would be a solid pick.

As with McEwen, Chungh played with Fabien in Calgary, but the two are both guards. Could they utilize both of them in the middle of the line? There is some thought the Lions might try to convert him to centre if they were to draft him.

The Lions offensive line has lacked some physicality since Rob Murphy and Jason Jiminez departed and drafting the physically gifted Chungh would address some of that need.

Lamar Durant – WR – SFU

lamardurantThe Lions are pretty deep at Canadian receiver, but they could be tempted to take Lemar Durant who may be the most pro-ready offensive player in the draft. Last season he was hampered by mononucleosis which limited his numbers, and Durant hasn’t played much on special teams during his college career which is where he would likely have to cut his teeth with the Lions.

Still, his talent is undeniable, he’s a home town boy, and he would be a welcome addition to an already deep group of Canadian receivers. There were games when he was a man playing among boys at the CIS level. He possesses good speed and great size, and loves to battle for the football in the air.

Who the Lions end up with is anyones guess, but if they were to land any one of these five players with their first pick, they would be doing alright.


2 Comments on CFL Draft: Five players we would like to see pull on the orange and black.

  1. steve desio // May 12, 2015 at 11:06 am //

    The Lions have had a ready to play rookie in each of the 2012, 13, 14 seasons. Norman, thrived as a rookie at OG but moving to C has not worked out. Still will be a strting OG. Fabien in 13 has been slowed by injury, and Hunter Steward last seasons looks to be able to Play RT very soon in the CFL. Injury has slowed his progress after a great start. T’dre Player also a rookie in ’14 played very well. May not be ready to start but showed he can provide depth as he works his way up.
    You would have to think C would be the position and their are two that would be considered CFL ready. Ottawa may take one. Leving 3 picks inbetween. Winnipeg would likely want the best they could get to be able to play right away. An OG who can play right away and RG is the lesser of pressure position along the Oline. Montreal has their C/Interior Olineman back from the NFL so likely will look for the top RT. Argo’s could go for a ready to plug and play RG which could come from a C or OT. That would be the one team that could take their C.
    As for McKewan and his degree. Unless he is doing something like Norman that needs to be done in fall semester, he may likely be putting doubts in the minds of the bottom two teams from last season, who both were basically brande new across the board for coaches and Front office. While TOR, MTL, BC, are prove set strong base of staff and players.
    There looks to be 5 Olineman that are interchangable in this draft as top Olineman, minus NFL bound Boyko, so they should get a another ready to go Olineman for the 4th straight season.
    Harris and a talented crew of National REC as well as potential of 4 National Olineman gives them plenty of quality options for 6 ratio spots on offense.
    Ackie looks to be one heck of a player but so do those 5 Olineman. BC is pretty set at LB and DB including now Rwakumba with McGarva behind him at S being both Nationals.
    I thin Waud DL, Demski SB/Hybrid, and RB Shaq-M Lawrence are in or close to that category as well. Unique to be able to get what may be considered a top player and fill a need right away.

  2. A QB terrelle prior released by KC has his CFL rights owned by the lions who better hope he doesn’t turn out to be a 2nd coming of A QB troy smith.

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