May 3, 2013
Eskimos GM Ed Hervey has been making moves during the off-season
By GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

While trading away Jerome Messam may have been a head-scratcher at the time, Eskimos GM Ed Hervey says it was part of a greater plan to move up in the draft pool. (Edmonton Sun file)

It’s safe to call the 2013 CFL draft the biggest one in 17 years.

Maybe not so much due to quality, though some of that is certainly there, but definitely due to quantity.

With a ninth team picking this year and the return of a seventh round, Monday’s draft (10 a.m., TSN) will feature a total of 60 selections to be made.

That’s up from the 45 CIS athletes and Canadian players in NCAA programs picked in last year’s draft.

The last draft to see more was when 61 players were taken in 1996, which is also the last time there were nine teams picking in seven rounds.

“I believe that this is a quality draft,” Ed Hervey said of his first draft as Eskimos general manager, since being promoted from head scout in the off-season to replace Eric Tillman.



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