Stamps continue with ‘American’ draft strategy

If it worked brilliantly once, so why not again? For the second straight year, the Calgary Stampeders have used their first selection in the CFL Draft to take someone who is new to being an actual Canadian.

Last year, the Stamps picked up newly minted Canuck Alex Singleton with their first-round pick, and the Thousand Oaks, Calif., native had an outstanding rookie season, becoming the team’s starting middle linebacker early in the campaign.

This year, the Stamps once again went ‘American’ with their first-round pick, taking Randy Colling, an enormous defensive tackle who has already played four years in the Arena Football League and whose hometown is listed as Arcade, N.Y.

Both Singleton and Colling qualify as nationals because they obtained Canadian citizenship and were able to enter the draft after their normal eligibility years. In 2014, the CFL changed the CBA so that all Canadian citizens are considered national players, thus paving the way for Singleton and Colling to get an edge over their fellow Americans trying to break into the CFL.

This strategy wasn’t available to the Stamps — or anyone in the CFL — just a few years ago.

Collins’s father was born in Hamilton, and his side of the family is from Ontario. His dad ended up settling across the border but it wasn’t until coaches with the Cleveland Gladiators heard about that that he considered becoming a full-fledged citizen.

The Stamps thought so highly of Colling and had worries they wouldn’t get him that they traded up with Winnipeg to get the sixth pick in the draft. It’s no wonder the Stamps are interested just by looking at these numbers — 6-foot-5, 313-lb.

Unlike Singleton, Colling will hardly be considered a rookie when he arrives in Canada because he’s already been an all-star with the Gladiators. He graduated in 2011 from Gannon University and went to some mini-camps in the NFL before finding his niche in the Arena game.

At 26, Colling is three years older than Singleton and is actually only two years younger than seasoned veteran Junior Turner, who would be the projected starter at defensive tackle once he returns from a torn ACL suffered at the Grey Cup. Colling is also older than both Quinn Smith and Derek Wiggan, who are heading into their fourth and third years with the Stamps.

Colling signed a futures deal with the Buffalo Bills back in 2014 and that organization tried to switch him to offensive line, which is something the Stamps could opt to do down the road as well. The switch certainly worked well for veteran tackle Dan Federkeil, who was a force as a defensive lineman during his college career.

Right now, the Stamps have some solid depth at the defensive tackle position when it comes to Canadians, and they seem to always need national help along the offensive line, so it would seem natural to look at that move — eventually.

Overall, the Stamps picked up eight players in the draft, and they addressed some losses this off-season in doing so. With Simon Charbonneau-Campeau retiring, they needed some help at receiver, so they used their second pick to take Julan Lynch from the University of Saskatchewan and used their eight-round pick to grab Richard Sindani from the University of Regina.

With defensive back/special teamer Adam Berger leaving via free agency, the Stamps added Tunde Adeleke out of Carleton University with their third-round pick and Adam Laurensse from the Calgary Dinos with their seventh-round selection.

In the middle rounds, the Stamps picked up Simon Fraser running back Ante Milanovic-Litre and offensive lineman Felix Gacusana Jr. as well as Sherbrooke defensive lineman Alexandre Gagnon.

Ian Busby

Ian Busby

Ian Busby has covered the Stampeders and the CFL since 2003, with eight years as a beat reporter. He is now a producer at Breakfast Television.
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Ian Busby has covered the Stampeders and the CFL since 2003, with eight years as a beat reporter. He is now a producer at Breakfast Television.

15 Comments on Stamps continue with ‘American’ draft strategy

  1. Solara2000 // May 18, 2017 at 4:02 pm //

    Stamps continue to demonstrate they are a well-managed organization with Huff at the helm. 8

    • Marc Lebut // May 19, 2017 at 11:18 am //

      Absolutely, but maybe this strategy won’t last if it occurs too often. When converting Americans into Canadians will become too popular and deprive Young Canadians of their opportunites, things may change again.

  2. mrnehnehincognito // May 18, 2017 at 4:46 pm //

    Stamps won Free agency with barely getting a head line or spending a fortune and I predict Colling will be rookie of the year contender. We will hear celebration by kool and the gang at McMahon stadium many many times this season.

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 18, 2017 at 5:19 pm //

      correction;; HISTORIC McMahon stadium

      • Correction: Crumbling, embarrassing McMahon Stadium. A place where no one except the diehards whoMs watch football on a lawn chair in the parking lot would go. Historic? Yeah here were some historic chokes in that place. 6

        • mrnehnehincognito // May 18, 2017 at 9:14 pm //

          bitter ,bitter!
          lol you are right historic chokes for sure ….I’ll tell you about one Trips,,a certain team had a 27-11 lead with 7 mins to play and ended up losing on the last play because coaches and players had all become unraveled they couldn’t get the right personnel on the field.

    • Again just because you say it doesn’t mean it’s true. Explain how the Stamps “won” free agency?

      • mrnehnehincognito // May 19, 2017 at 1:29 pm //

        I would be happy to Kevin
        First off Calgary didn’t need a lot but the specific things that were needed were found
        1)-Rory Kohlert replaced Charbeneau Campeau as Canadian backup the Anthony Parker
        2)-Anthony Woodson once again gives Calgary a reliable Canadian backup to Jerome Messam
        3)-Beau Landry is a great special teams player who provides a Canadian backup to Alex Singleton
        None of these are big name guys but Calgary reinforced and replaced some of their Canadian depth.
        Sask can brag all they want about their huge airlift and spending the truth is they paid big to get alot of guys on the downhill of their careers and didn’t fully address their Canadian depth issues. They have no continuation or chemistry.

        • Oh but Mr. Nito your comment was that Calgary “won” free agency and when you measure the minus/gain of players Calgary did not improve but you have to say they declined. Heck the players the Riders signed from Calgary outweigh all of your additions on a quality scale. So you “did not win” free agency or even enter the race. You can argue that at the end of the free agency you feel your team is still the best in the West and most would agree….. until the helmets get put on a games get played.

          • mrnehnehincognito // May 19, 2017 at 3:49 pm //

            fine if you want to be known as the team that has to offer money to get everyone else’s players that’s fine. Sask won free agency.

        • Now you’re back to acting like Mr. Trump. You said you won free agency and I simply pointed out how you obviously couldn’t have. I can’t help it that Mr. Dennis and company wanted to come to Riderville where all of the cool kids are.

  3. Scottsask // May 18, 2017 at 10:36 pm //

    For the last time, who in the hell is Alex Singletion?

    • mrnehnehincognito // May 18, 2017 at 10:40 pm //

      don’t be a smart ass ..seriously is that all you can bring to the table?

  4. Time will tell but it looks like another good draft by the Stamps.

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