Stamps GM lends keen eye to successful draft day

Pierre Lavertu was selected first overall by the Stampeders at the CFL draft on Tuesday, May 13,...

Pierre Lavertu was selected first overall by the Stampeders at the CFL draft on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. (Simon Clark/QMI Agency)

SCOTT MITCHELL, QMI Agency

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CALGARY - When John Hufnagel finally decides to put away the headset for good, the veteran sideline sultan might be able to spend his retirement days moonlighting as an interior decorator.

During Tuesday's 2014 CFL Draft, the Calgary Stampeders GM/head coach played the mix-and-match game to perfection.

He laid down a run-game carpet in the form of Laval road-grader Pierre Lavertu, shipping away Jon Gott's beard in return for the top pick in the draft and the right to select the 6-foot-3, 300-lb. centre, along with Marwan Hage's rights, which could eventually serve as a carpet spot cleaner should the Stampeders run into injury woes up front.

The RedBlacks didn't make much of an effort to pry the Stamps' first-rounder from Hufnagel's hands, so he stepped to the microphone six picks later and landed some 6-foot-2, 305-lb. versatile drapery to accentuate his plush rug in the form of combine star Quinn Smith, a two-way Concordia product, who will ply his trade along the defensive line, but also dabble on the offensive side of the ball during training camp.


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