No. 1 choice

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:27 AM ET

NFL prospect or not, Jesse Lumsden could very well become a Calgary Stampeder next month. That is, unless the Stamps wind up dealing the No. 1 selection in the Canadian College draft before it even begins.

"Absolutely," Calgary GM and coach Tom Higgins said yesterday when asked if he might indeed grab the McMaster Marauders 6-foot-2, 225-lb., record-setting running back with the first overall pick April 28. "Right now, it's a very serious consideration. He is one of the elite players in the draft. We haven't started our boards yet, but his will be one of the first names we put on it when we do."

Taking Lumsden -- who is bypassing this weekend's CFL evaluation camp in Ottawa -- with the pick would probably be a no-brainer if it was certain he'd be staying in Canada next season. But the son of former CFL running back Neil Lumsden was so good in 2004 it's believed he could either be drafted (late) or signed as a free agent by a NFL team.

Adding to the intrigue is the fact that -- despite a strong performance in a showcase game for NFL prospects at the end of last season -- Lumsden wasn't invited to attend a combine held in Indianapolis a couple of weeks ago. Those being eyed by NFL teams generally are.

Still, it's conceivable Lumsden will get a look south of the border and thus be unavailable when camps start in two months.

don.brennan@ott.sunpub.com


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