Eskimos swap draft spots with Argos, pick Devon Bailey

GM Ed Hervey said the Eskimos helped their offensive line and added a top performer from the...

GM Ed Hervey said the Eskimos helped their offensive line and added a top performer from the combine in their moves in the first two rounds of the 2014 CFL Draft. (Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:32 PM ET

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos came in with the third-overall spot in Tuesday’s CFL draft, and left with as much as they could get.

Trading down to sixth overall in a deal with the Toronto Argonauts, who ended up selecting Manitoba running back Anthony Coombs, Edmonton took wide receiver Devon Bailey as their premier choice.

The six-foot-five, 202-pound St. Francis Xavier product becomes part of a young and developing Canadian receiving corps headed by Nate Coehoorn and Shamawd Chambers, who were joined in the off-season by non-import free agent Akeem Foster and Edmonton Huskies alumni Anthony Barrett.

Bailey had 87 catches for 1,160 yards and six touchdowns in four seasons with the X-Men.

“We’re excited about drafting Devon Bailey,” Eskimos GM Ed Hervey said following the opening round. “He’s explosive, he adds depth to our receiving corps as we’re trying to improve what we’re doing on offence.


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