Edmonton Eskimos then-head scout Ed Hervey gets ready for the start of the 2012 CFL draft at Commonwealth Stadium on May 3, 2012. Monday's CFL Draft will be Hervey's first as general manager of the team. IAN KUCERAK/EDMONTON SUN
The Edmonton Eskimos aren’t just looking for good football players in Monday’s CFL draft.
They want winners.
Football players who come from winning programs. Products of environments geared toward success with that culture sewn into their very being.
“Guys who are used to winning, are used to winning,” said Eskimos general manager Ed Hervey. “And guys who tend to not have success, it doesn’t mean that they’ve grown accustomed to losing, but you want winners.
“We want winners to surround us.”
Then again, not every good non-import player currently in the league has necessarily come out of Laval, McMaster or Queens, or won an NCAA championship or bowl game down south.
“Again, there are players with winning attitudes that are on programs that don’t have success,” Hervey said. “So that’s not to take anything away from those guys, but you have to have as many guys that are used to winning, because they pull guys in.”