Esks may catch receivers

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 1:22 PM ET

Could Andy Fantuz become a key element of the Jason Maas trade?

Or how about Eric Deslauriers?

The Eskimos could select either one of the top receiving prospects in the spring's Canadian college draft with the first pick overall that was attained from Hamilton in the deal.

"Andy is an outstanding player," said Hamilton head coach Greg Marshall, who's very aware he might have lost his chance to draft Fantuz from the University of Western.

"He goes to ball as well as any receiver I have seen."

The six-four, 220-pounder won the Hec Crighton Trophy this week as the top player in the CIS.

The 21-year-old holds the all-time CIS records for receiving yards, catches and TDs.

Deslauriers is lighting it up south of the border.

"He has a ridiculous amount of catches, so he is going to be one that we are also going to keep an eye on," said Eskimo coach Danny Maciocia.

Ranked as the 20th best receiver in Division I in the NCAA by the Sporting News to start the year, Deslauriers has 75 catches, 874 yards and eight TDs for Eastern Michigan this fall.

Like many blue-chip prospects, they both could try the NFL first.


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