May 4, 2013
Esks feel 'better late than never' at draft
By GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

Head coach Kavis Reed (left) and general manager Ed Hervey introduce the Edmonton Eskimos' new quarterback Mike Reilly during a press conference at Commonwealth Stadium on Feb. 6. Monday's CFL Draft will be Hervey's first as the team's GM. David Bloom/Edmonton Sun

Monday’s CFL draft will be a tale of two halves for the Edmonton Eskimos.

With 60 of the top Canadian prospects in CIS and NCAA programs ready to be plucked, Edmonton is picking three in the top half and three in the bottom.

Unfortunately, none of those choices are currently in the first round, but that doesn’t necessarily make their 2013 draft a bust.

Nothing in life or football is guaranteed, but just how worthwhile can those late-round picks be, anyway?

“They’re extremely valuable because guys are going to slip,” said Eskimos general manager Ed Hervey. “Guys are going to fall and in the later rounds, you can find yourself a diamond in the rough.

“You can walk in and find a guy, maybe it’s a long-snapper. Maybe it’s a kicker, maybe it’s some player that you want to go back to the CIS level that you feel needs another year or two before he’s ready but you draft him.”


 


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