Draft dodgers

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:27 AM ET

Expect the Calgary Stampeders to be minor players in tomorrow's CFL dispersal draft of Ottawa Renegades talent.

Plucking players from the Renegades' roster is plagued with pitfalls, leaving Stamps brass wary of taking on more than a couple of bodies for depth.

The Stampeders are also leery of messing with the lineup fielded en route to an 11-7 record in 2005. The Ottawa roster is also laced with heavy contracts that would make their acquisition a risk.

Also, teams selecting players who have already been paid bonuses would have to reimburse the previous Renegades owners for money already paid out to the player.

Those contracts leave Stampeders president Ted Hellard, whose team picks fourth overall, with only mild interest in a couple of acquisitions.

"That makes a significant number of players not that palatable and, in our case, we're not sure even if they had better contracts, whether we'd be interested anyhow," Hellard said.

"You can call us cocky but we're pretty comfortable with the guys we've got and the other free agents we've got coming in who we haven't announced yet in terms of imports we'll have in camp ... I'm not sure if you offered them all to me for nothing if I'd take a lot of them.

"There's two or three we're interested in and I can tell you for sure we'll at least pick one."

While Hamilton has first selection, some league insiders feel the team will try to trade the pick to a team in need of a quarterback. It is expected 32-year-old QB Kerry Joseph will go first overall, although that pick might be dealt to a team like Saskatchewan in need of a starting pivot.

Stamps GM Jim Barker said the dispersal draft is riddled with variables, especially since rosters won't be expanded to accommodate the additional players and a salary cap in now in effect.

"It's one of those things where you can't just list the best guy to the worst guy and move on down the list," Barker said.

"There's so many factors that go into taking a veteran player and adding him to your own group of players. If you take a player who's worth, let's say $120,000, you have to get rid of $120,000. Those are all things we have to discuss and make decisions on.

"The whole league will get better but it's finding those players who will fit into your locker-room. We're in the process of talking to players who have played with different players (on Ottawa's roster) and learning what we can about them.

"You could have a chance at a better player who you have to leave on the board because you just can't fit him in. My job is to upgrade every position, with that said, we have to factor in what our guys are making and what (an available player) is making."

A decision on what will be done with Ottawa's neg list has yet to be announced. Should Ottawa re-join the league next season under new ownership, an expansion draft would be held in which the Stamps would need to leave some players unprotected.

Tomorrow's draft kicks off at 2 p.m.

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BEST 10 PLAYERS AVAILABLE

1. Kerry Joseph

QB (import)

Tons of talent and threw for 4,500 yards last year while also rushing for 1,000 but only one team -- Saskatchewan -- is looking for a new starter.

2. Jason Armstead

WR (import)

Posted more than 1,300 yards in receptions last year to lead the Renegades, including five for touchdowns, and is a deadly kick returner.

3. Korey Banks,

DB (import)

Is a starter for almost any CFL team after posting 10 picks last season (two for TDs) but recently signed a hefty new contract.

4. Kyries Hebert,

DB (import)

An impact player but Hebert ran into legal problems in the off-season and might not be able to return to Canada this season.

5. Ibrahim Khan,

OL (non-import)

The 6-ft. 4-in., 305-pounder is an impact player for most squads. At 25, the tackle could anchor a CFL o-line for another decade.

6. Brad Banks,

QB (import)

The Iowa product has plenty of upside and could be a CFL star one day once given a chance to start. Do the Stamps need another project?

7. Pat Woodcock,

WR (non-import)

Woodcock has been a bust in Ottawa since signing a pricey free-agent deal there from Montreal two years ago. He has loads of speed.

8. Val St. Germain,

OL (non-import)

Named Ottawa's top offensive lineman last year. At 34 his best years are behind him but would be a solid addition to most lineups.

9. Anthony Collier,

DE (import)

Recorded 12 sacks and three interceptions in just 13 games last

season. Tied a CFL record with five sacks in one game.

10. Cory Hathaway,

FB (non-import)

Lethbridge product, just 22, was drafted last spring by the Renegades. At 6-ft. 3-in., is from the same mould as Chris Szarka.

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TOMORROW'S DRAFT ORDER

1. HAMILTON

2. WINNIPEG

3. SASKATCHEWAN

4. CALGARY

5. TORONTO

6. B.C.

7. MONTREAL

8. EDMONTON


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