Options aplenty for Esks

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:24 PM ET

EDMONTON - Although receivers and offensive linemen aren’t the biggest areas of concern for the Edmonton Eskimos, the team hasn’t ruled out any options come draft day.

With those two positions making up more than half of the CFL Scouting Bureau’s list of top Canadian amateurs eligible in the May 2 draft, the Eskimos would be wise to consider their future depth charts.

“When I take a look at our roster, we’re always going to pick the best available player,” said general manager Danny Maciocia. “When you take a look at receivers and O-line, you better factor them in.”

Especially the way the Eskimos structure their non-import ratio, where four of the five O-linemen are Canadian along with a pair of starting receivers.

“You’ve got to make sure you’ve got enough depth there if you want to keep that ratio intact,” Maciocia said. “It’s all things that you have to factor in as you move forward. If you feel you have the depth at those positions, then you can start looking at others.”

Last year, the Eskimos took local product Gord Hinse to beef up their offensive line with their first selection, before jumping to the defensive side of the scrimmage line with Dee Sterling to round off back-to-back picks.

“Dee Sterling last year played a minimal role but one that’s definitely going to be increased this year,” Maciocia said.

Both earned their way onto the active 46-man roster last season.

“Now the question is how can they break through and take over from guys who are ahead of them right now?”

There is a noticeable absence this year of local players such as Hinse and former teammate Simeon Rottier, who went first overall to the Hamilton Tiger-cats in 2009.

“This year is probably one of the best crop in the last five years,” he said. “And sometimes certain institutions have better years than others.

“It just happens to be one of those years.”

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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