Green, gold and wishing for that star

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:38 AM ET

When Danny Maciocia makes the first choice in this morning's CFL draft, he'll be trying to end a lengthy drought for the Eskimo organization.

In the last five years, not one single draft choice has become a major impact player for the club.

The picks from the last two years deserve a free pass in the judgment department because they're still developing, but that still means the club is 0-15 from 2003 to 2001.

Randy Spencer has been the best selection during the stretch, registering six sacks in 2004, but only three last year while being hampered by calf injuries.

Just as disturbing are the bad luck injuries the Green and Gold have experienced with two other first-round picks.

Linebacker Emmanuel Casseus - the fourth-overall choice in 2003 - destroyed his right knee and his football career in training camp that spring.

"He basically ripped the knee as good as you possibly could," said former Eskimo coach Tom Higgins.

"There really wasn't much holding the knee together.

"And it really was a shame, because he would have had a very promising future."

Casseus had a very impressive resume from the University of Michigan.

Amar Sanghera also carried fine credentials and high hopes after being the club's first-round pick in 2004.

But he was cut last spring after flunking his medical because of torn ligaments in one shoulder.

SIDELINES: The last time the Esks had the first overall pick was in 1996 when they chose receiver Don Blair. He only played three seasons before going to the B.C. Lions. Kelly Wiltshire was chosen second overall by Toronto.


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