The Class of 2008

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:59 AM ET

The deepest CFL draft in years is set for tomorrow morning, which means coaches and scouting staffs will likely spend the next 24 hours in stress mode.

The six-round draft will result in 48 Canadian players joining the league.

To sort through the list of 753 eligible players, Sun Media is using TSN's Duane Forde -- considered the top draft analyst in Canadian media -- to break down the players most likely to go in the first round.

In alphabetical order, here are the top eight players on Forde's draft board.

Dylan Barker, DB, University of Saskatchewan (6-foot-4, 200 pounds): "With more and more teams electing to play with five imports in the secondary, Barker is seen as something of a ratio buster. By mid-season, he could likely start at either safety or weakside linebacker, depending how a given team elects to use him."

Mike Bradwell, SB, McMaster (6-3, 200): "There are teams that need immediate help at receiver and they may not want to gamble and wait to see what happens with Samuel Giguere in Indianapolis (of the NFL). Besides, many scouts feel that it is Bradwell, and not Giguere, who will be the better receiver in the long run."

Shea Emry, LB, UBC (6-1, 235): "Canadian linebackers who run well enough to play on every down are one of the most difficult commodities to find. Emry has that ability, as well as the requisite instincts and aggression to play inside linebacker in the CFL."

Samuel Giguere, WR, Sherbrooke (6 feet, 215): "The fact Giguere has already signed an NFL deal with the Indianapolis Colts may cause him to slip a little bit, especially if Bradwell is still on the board. However, the long-term potential of the freakishly athletic Giguere will just be too much for all eight teams to ignore."

Jesse Newman, OL, Louisiana-Lafayette (6-4,312): "Newman is a little bit enigmatic in that he's a player with an impeccable playing resume but reports suggest that he's not 100% committed. Nonetheless, someone will decide that all that really matters is whether or not the kid can play football, and the film says that Newman can."

Keith Shologan, DT, Central Florida (6-1, 275): "Although Shologan has already signed a contract with the NFL's San Diego Chargers, don't expect him to slide out of the first round. He is clearly the top defensive line prospect available and as the round goes on someone will eventually find it impossible to pass him up."

Justin Sorensen, OL, South Carolina (6-7, 309): "Players like Sorensen and fellow hog Andrew Woodruff of Boise State make life difficult for CFL scouts. They are obviously good football players who have excelled against good competition but with NFL size and potential plus another year of NCAA eligibility, there's enough uncertainty around their futures for them to slide."

Dimitri Tsoumpas, OG, Weber State (6-4, 285): "Tsoumpas showed at the CFL Evaluation Camp that he is, far and away, the most CFL-ready offensive lineman in the draft. He combines great strength and quick feet with very sound technique in run blocking and pass protection."

The draft will be available on www.tsn.ca beginning with the first pick at 10 a.m. MDT tomorrow. Sun Media will also provide instant updates on the Edmonton Eskimos' selections at www.edmontonsun.com.


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