Only two picks in the first round of Tuesday night's CFL draft were not traded, which blew up mock drafts all over the place.
The Calgary Stampeders made the biggest move of the night just before the draft began, trading up to get the first overall pick and the rights to the retired Marwan Hage from the expansion Ottawa RedBlacks for veteran centre/guard John Gott.
The Stampeders then used the first selection to grab Laval centre Pierre Lavertu, who was the best player on the board who didn't have immediate NFL opportunities.
Teams must have liked the idea of trading picks, because they went hog wild after that. The second biggest deal of the first round was Ottawa trading disgruntled quarterback Kevin Glenn to B.C. for the fifth-overall selection.
Here's a look at each pick in the first round, including how each squad ended up with the selection:
OL Pierre Lavertu, Laval
(Acquired from Ottawa, along with rights to retired OL Marwan Hage, for OL John Gott)
Since the two players ranked in front of him, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and David Foucault, have legitimate NFL aspirations, the Stamps simply added the best offensive lineman in the draft to their deep Canadian talent pool. Lavertu is viewed by some as being more ready for the CFL draft than Foucault anyway, so this is a solid pick even though he has 2013 rookie of the year Brett Jones in front of him on the depth chart. Lavertu will take reps at guard and centre. The amazing part is the Stamps didn't have to also give up their No. 7 pick to the RedBlacks.
OL Matthias Goossen, Simon Fraser
This was one of only two picks that didn't get moved in the first round. The Bombers needed a centre who had the potential to start this season, and they got him in Goossen, even though Lavertu was the more polished of the two. The only catch with Goossen is he developed his skills playing four-down football, which is used in the B.C. high school ranks at at Simon Fraser, which plays in the NCAA. It's a good pick, though, because the Bombers need help immediately and they should get it with Goossen.
RB Anthony Coombs, Manitoba
(Acquired from Edmonton, along with 21st overall and a neg list player, for OL Tony Washington, DB Otha Foster, sixth overall, 15th overall and a neg list player)
Coombs, a Winnipeg native, is a lightning-quick running back and returner who is often compared to Argos slotback/tailback Andre Durie, so many figured the Boatmen would take a run at Coombs as a backup and successor. Those pundits were correct, and now Coombs will get a shot at the starting tailback job after an impressive showing at the combine. He'll help them somehow.
S Antoine Pruneau, Montreal
(Acquired from Montreal, along with 13th overall, for fifth overall and 10th overall)
The RedBlacks picked up safety Eric Fraser from Calgary in the expansion draft, but Pruneau is a speedy defensive back and the RedBlacks decided they couldn't take a chance and traded up to get him. Many fell in love with him after an impressive performance at the combine and many compare him to Mike Edem. They obviously weren't sold on Lavertu, but Pruneau is no guarantee either.
OL David Foucault, Montreal
(Acquired from Ottawa, along with 10th overall, for fourth and 13th overall)
If the 6-foot-7, 300-pounder doesn't stick with the NFL's Carolina Panthers, whose mini-camp he will attend this weekend, then the Alouettes could end up with another ratio breaking tackle. If Carolina doesn't sign him, Foucault might wait to see if other NFL teams are interested in his services, but the Alouettes can afford to wait for his services.
WR Devon Bailey, St. Francis-Xavier
(Acquired from Toronto, along with OL Tony Washington, DB Otha Foster, 6th overall, 15th overall and a neg list player for 21st overall and a neg list player)
Bailey was the consensus top receiver in the draft, and he adds to Edmonton's Canadian contest at the pass catching position that already includes Nate Coehoorn, Shamawd Chambers and Akeem Foster. He's a tall, athletic and confident in his abilities, so he should be a good fit under new head coach Chris Jones. Solid pick.
DT Quinn Smith, Concordia
No one was quite sure where Smith would end up after news broke last week that he had tested positive for Stanozolol, the same steroid that Ben Johnson had in his system at the 1988 Olympics. The Stamps obviously believe Smith can make a difference without the help, and he played on both the defensive and offensive lines for the Stingers. He was the star of the combine and the pick capped a superb round by the Red and White.
LB Beau Landry
(Acquired from Saskatchewan for 11th and 17th overall)
This was originally Hamilton's pick anyway, but it was traded away in the Shomari Williams-Josh Bartel trade earlier this season. Landry's stock dropped after the combine, but pundits view him as a better football player than a tester. His name has been mentioned in the same breath as Craig Butler, whom they acquired via free agency in the off-season.
DT Evan Gill
(Acquired from Saskatchewan, along with 11th overall, for Shomari Williams, Josh Bartel and 8th overall)
Uncertainty about Gill emerged on Monday when he disclosed to teams that he had a quadriceps injury, but it wasn't enough to drop him out of the first round. Gill is a large man who didn't have the best combine showing, but the Ticats were obviously in love with his size and his skill. He's a bit of a risk, because he still has NFL dreams and isn't eligible to go after them until at least 2015, but the Tabbies needed to improve their defensive line and Gill should be able to do that eventually.