The CFL draft has featured the same format for the past 18 years, and the numbers clearly show the scouts keep getting better at evaluating Canadian talent.
More drafted players are making it into the league than ever before, and the leading reason for that, no doubt, has to do with expanded scouting departments. More players are being scrutinized for longer periods of time, and teams are now making a greater percentage of their draft picks count as a result.
In an analysis of statistics provided to QMI Agency by CFL statistician Steve Daniel, teams over the past 10 years (excluding 2013) have significantly increased the number of players who make it into the league in every round except for the first and the last. That’s compared to the first seven years (1996-2002) the draft had the format it has today.