Esks get their man

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:12 AM ET

EDMONTON - Out with the old, in with the new.

On the same day the Edmonton Eskimos announced the retirement of veteran safety Scott Gordon, they drafted a promising replacement.

Saleem Borhot will have a chance to jump into the starting safety role in his rookie season after being taken 12th overall by the Eskimos, who traded their 19th and 27th-overall selections to the Hamilton Ticats to move up in the draft order.

“We’ve known here for the last little while that Scott Gordon would be retiring so we needed to make sure that the ratio was kept intact,” said Eskimos general manager Danny Maciocia.

“(Borhot) was projected to go in the top three rounds and we felt like if we didn’t do so, he would be gone by the time we picked in the third round, so we chose to move up and secure the free safety position.

“Saleem is the top-rated free safety coming out of the CIS and there’s a very strong possibility that he can come to camp and start for us.”

Borhot played junior football with the Okanagan Suns before joining the St. Mary’s Huskies in 2009.

“A lot of people didn’t throw down the middle on us during the season,” reigning CIS coach of the year Steve Sumarah told the TSN panel during the televised portion of Sunday’s draft. “He was a menace out there. I think it hurt his stats a bit.”

After an injury-hampered 2009 season that saw him placed on the nine-game injured list following a knee injury, Gordon ended an eight-year CFL career that included a championship in 2007 with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

“I treasured each season I played in the CFL and am grateful for having played in Rider Nation where I was coached by Richie Hall, who I consider to be the best defensive mind in the game,” Gordon said in a statement released by the club Sunday. “I can’t think of a better way to finish off my career than playing for coach Hall in Edmonton.”

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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