And it's Campbell at QB

GERRY PRINCE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:58 AM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos don't figure to be a big player in this year's Canadian college draft.

Having surrendered their first- and second-round picks to Ottawa in exchange for Clinton Wayne and Patrick Kabongo last August, the Green and Gold won't make their first selection until Round 3.

The Esks are also slated to make one pick in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds.

Rick Campbell is the man quarterbacking the Esks draft effort this season. Campbell takes over from the departed Greg Marshall and will be calling the shots on Draft Day.

"Just because we don't pick until the third round, we're going to treat it the same as we always do," said Campbell, who was at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, last month.

"You never know if you're going to trade up. There's no specific plans for that, but you never know."

Members of the coaching staff will still pore over videotape of draft-eligible players and make recommendations.

"We've really worked it as a group here the last few years and Greg was listed as the guy in charge and he did a great job," Campbell said.

"I was also involved in it. Really, all the coaches are. It's kind of a team effort. I'm just making sure that everybody is getting stuff done that they need to get done."

Campbell and a few other coaches will head to Ottawa March 19 and 20 for the CFL's annual evaluation camp and a look at the available talent.

Following the CFL Combine, Campbell and Co. plan to move on to Laval University in Quebec City where they'll conduct a free-agent camp for the second straight year.

"It gives you a chance to maybe get a second look at a guy in the draft," said Campbell. "A lot of times there's some very good free agents that get overlooked for whatever reason in their draft year.

"In our case, a good example of that is Mike Bradley. He went through the draft and was never drafted. Then we signed him as a free agent."


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