GMs changing on the fly

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:53 AM ET

It's a good thing all those lists were drawn up in pencil.

With the CFL's Canadian College Draft tomorrow, all those NFL signings between Sunday night and yesterday on the heels of the NFL draft might just put a few crimps in everybody's plans.

"Oh, it totally does," said Jim Barker, the Calgary Stampeders vice-president and director of player personnel.

University of Sherbrooke wide receiver Samuel Giguere -- potentially the first-overall choice in the CFL draft -- signed as a free agent with the Indianapolis Colts, but wasn't alone among Canadians to ink with NFL squads.

Calgarian Rolly Lumbala, a fullback at Idaho expected to go among the top five, signed with the Miami Dolphins, and defensive tackle Keith Shologan -- an Edmontonian at Central Florida -- signed with the San Diego Chargers.

All three are considered the top prospect at their position.

"I think Hamilton was all set to take Samuel Giguere and that may have got blown out of the water with him signing," Barker said.

"They still may draft him, but it may change things.

"It's a very good year for Canadian talent."

Hamilton has the first pick in tomorrow's affair, followed by Edmonton and then Calgary. The Stamps have all six of their picks for the draft.

The biggest need in the Stamps stable is at offensive line, and Calgary may target Dimitri Tsoumpas, who hails from Edmonton and played at Weber State.

Or they may go for a skilled position player such as University of Saskatchewan defensive back Dylan Barker, if he's available. It appears he's the player who's climbing the charts in the final days leading up.

Or, they may be willing to wait for a top-end talent to chase their NFL dreams before returning to Canada.

Historically, the Stampeders haven't had a problem drafting players with long-term thoughts in mind.

Other teams, though, may not be able to afford that time.

"You have to balance when you'll see them," Barker said. "For many coaches, the situation is win now or you're drafting for somebody else."

Seeing as Stamps GM/head coach John Hufnagel is in the first year of his job, it's a good bet the club is willing to wait for a player.

That philosophy may be put to the test even more, with news wide receiver Jabari Arthur, their third first-round pick last year at sixth overall, signed with the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday night.

The Stamps hold his rights as long as he is with an NFL team.

Points after

The Alouettes' loss has become the Tiger-Cats' gain.

The CFL announced yesterday the Als exceeded last year's $4.05-million cap by $108,285 and have been fined $116,570 as a result. And because Montreal was more than $100,000 over, it will also lose the fourth overall selection in tomorrow's Canadian college draft.

Montreal will now be relegated to just one first-round selection, that coming at No. 7.


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