Hunt for third-round gems

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:01 AM ET

Under the category of strange but true facts, the third round of the CFL draft has become more productive than the first round.

"Statistically - if you go back the last 10 (to) 12 years - more players play in the CFL that have been picked in the third round than players that were first-round selections," said Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia. "So that is where it seems people - for some strange reason - are better prepared than they are earlier on in the draft."

The Eskimos have one third round selection today.

What Edmonton really needs out of this draft - in the short term - is Canadian talent which can be solid contributors on special teams.

The Green and Gold's coverage and protection units on special teams were not good last year.

Edmonton has not returned a kick or a punt for a touchdown since 2005.

The Eskimos also gave up six touchdowns against on special teams last year - four on punt return and two on blocked punts.

FINISH LINES

Maciocia revealed yesterday that sophomore kicker Warren Kean has been working with the head athletic therapist with the Montreal Canadiens this off-season.


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