Argos draft makes the grade

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:00 PM ET

TORONTO - Of the 47 players whose names were selected in the 2010 Canadian Football League Canadian draft on Sunday, exactly zero know today what kind of impact they will have with their respective new CFL teams.

Some will never set foot on a CFL field during a game, and others, though not many, will find riches south of the border in the National Football League.

The easy way out would be to say it’s too early to determine whether there were winners and losers in the draft. That won’t stop us from taking a quick look at how each team appeared to make out:

Toronto Argonauts

Why have one when you can have two? The Argos blew the doors off what usually is a straightforward day when they traded to get two of the top three picks instead of sitting on the first overall. Toronto badly needed to upgrade its Canadian content and in Joe Eppele, Cory Greenwood and Grant Shaw their first three picks did just that. Now just imagine if Joel Reinders is cut by the Cleveland Browns.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Bombers began the day with three picks, but traded for a fourth and managed to take wide receiver Cory Watson early in the second round, a bit of a coup as Watson was slated to be a first-rounder on many boards. Linebacker Chris Smith, taken at No. 28 from Queen’s, was the top defensive performer in the Vanier Cup last fall. Bonus marks for acquiring rights to quarterback Alex Brink.

Montreal Alouettes

The Alouettes, defending a Grey Cup title, did not have any glaring weaknesses to patch up. But was Montreal a little too confident in spending its first two picks on NFL prospects (OL Kristian Matte, who had already signed with Houston, and DE Chima Ihekwoaba, who signed with Detroit on Sunday night)? A player who was assured of being in camp might have been a better option.

Hamilton Tiger Cats

Think it was a coincidence when the Ticats traded the 12th pick immediately after Toronto selected K/DB Grant Shaw at No. 11? The Ticats settled for K/P Justin Palardy in the fifth round, and were able to select DB Eddie Steele, who dropped to 22. Was taking Zac Carlson in the 2009 supplemental draft really worth forfeiting a first-round pick in a draft year that was so deep?

Saskatchewan Roughriders

With all the NFL permutations affecting the draft, the Roughriders likely got the best player who was assured of being in camp next month in DE/LB Shomari Williams at No. 1. And Regina native Jordan Sisco was not a homer pick at No. 8, as he should join the long line of good young Canadian receivers on the Roughriders’ depth chart.

Calgary Stampederes

K/P Rob Maver might have been drafted high (No. 5), but the Stamps, after losing Sandro DeAngelis, could not pass him up. DB Taurean Allen probably will prove to be a good pick at 13th. Calgary’s next two picks, though, offensive linemen John Bender and J’Michael Deane, both are going back to school. Bender is slated to be a mid-round NFL pick in 2011.

BC Lions

Fourth-overall pick, OT Danny Watkins, might never see the CFL because he is probable NFL material. WR Shawn Gore, taken 10th, signed with the Green Bay Packers, but the Lions hope history repeats itself, as they took RB Jamall Lee a year ago and exhaled when he was released by Carolina. GM Wally Buono got a smart prospect in LB Joash Gesse at No. 17.

Edmonton Eskimos

Could Edmonton have used help right away? Coming off a .500 season, yes. But the Eskimos used their first pick on DT Brian Bulcke, who is a solid prospect but will spend another season at Stanford. Edmonton traded up to take DB Saleem Borhot at No. 12, but asking him to start in place of the retired Scott Gordon might be too much too soon. S Corbin Sharun, taken 43rd, is a converted quarterback.


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