Draft-day drama unlikely this year

John Hufnagel, head coach and general manager of the Calgary Stampeders. (Stuart Dryden/The Calgary...

John Hufnagel, head coach and general manager of the Calgary Stampeders. (Stuart Dryden/The Calgary Sun/SUN MEDIA)

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

In his first CFL draft as GM and head coach, John Hufnagel stole the show with a big trade to grab two starting offensive lineman.

There likely won't be as much of a shakeup in today's second go-around, but that's because the defending Grey Cup champion Calgary Stampeders don't have as many glaring needs.

By finishing first in the CFL last season, the Stamps hold the No.-8 pick in this morning's draft, so Hufnagel will try to mine gold with that spot.

A year ago, Hufnagel traded with the Edmonton Eskimos to get the No.-2 pick, and, coupled with his own selection at No. 3, the Stamps grabbed starting linemen Dimitri Tsoumpas and Jesse Newman.

This year's first-round selection could make an impact, but seven solid talents will find homes first.

"It could be (an impact guy), but it may be someone who needs more development," Hufnagel said. "I can't say whether that player will make an impact this season.

"It's a lot easier picking earlier and having some confidence in who you are getting as opposed to the eighth pick."

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have the No.-1 pick just as they did a year ago when they took safety Dylan Barker, who missed the season with a broken leg.

The Ticats also have pick No. 3, while the Toronto Argonauts hold the second and fourth picks. The B.C. Lions then get on the clock for three straight picks before the Montreal Alouettes take their turn before the Stamps.

Hufnagel could go in a number of directions being they have their own six picks, plus two fourth-round selections gained from other teams.

"We don't have that desperate of a need this year," Hufnagel said. "But there's always room for improvement, and hopefully, we can address our needs. Things have to go our way to get it done.

"Hopefully, we address some of those needs."


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