Maciocia employs 'no name' D

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:38 AM ET

Danny Maciocia is not one to tip his hand.

Despite having the second pick in today's CFL draft, the Edmonton Eskimos head coach was divulging no names yesterday.

Not one.

"We want to get a good player that fulfils a need," Maciocia said. "Unless he's a player that you know is going to have an immediate impact to your football team, even though you don't really need him, then you have to go with him.

"But unless it's a guy that really wows you, then you have to address your needs."

In the meantime, the Esks addressed a couple of coaching needs with the hiring of Rick Worman and Terry Eisler.

Worman, a former CFL quarterback, is the team's new quarterbacks coach. He's credited for bringing Ricky Ray and the Eskimos together.

Eisler comes on board as running backs coach. He spent the last six years as the University of Alberta Golden Bears offensive co-ordinator, and will have some input in today's draft.

"I've been exposed to the talent in Canada West, so that's been an area of focus for me in terms of identifying draft-eligible players," Eisler said. "I've tried to do my best job in giving them that information in terms of what players to select in particular."

Defensive lineman J.P. Bekasiak, an Edmonton native from the University of Toledo, is projected to go first overall.

Corey Mace, a defensive lineman from the University of Wyoming, is another potential No. 1 pick. The Eskimos have the second pick in the first two rounds and the second and third picks in the fourth round.

"I think there are several players in the first two rounds that can come in and help us out," Maciocia said. "With our first two picks, we're looking to get two players that are going to be on our roster."

The Eskimos also have the option of making a deal for their second-overall pick. There is talk they may try to deal for the first pick in order to select Bekasiak.

"We've talked to teams about our first-round pick, our second-round pick and even picks for next year," Maciocia said. "We just keep going back and forth. But I think we'll be holding on to our picks (today)."


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