Rottier excited to join Ticats

GERRY MODDEJONGE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:27 PM ET

The top spot went to the top-rated player.

The Hamilton Ticats selected U of A Golden Bears offensive lineman Simeon Rottier in the No. 1 spot in yesterday's CFL Canadian Draft.

The third-year all-star, who stands six-foot-six and weighs 295 pounds, was a first-team CIS All-Canadian was rated the No. 1 draft-eligible player by the CFL's Amateur Scouting Bureau.

"I'm just sharing the time with my family, we're all really excited," Rottier, who got married recently, told the TSN panel providing live TV coverage of the draft.

"I'm looking forward to moving out with my wife Jen and getting into training camp.

"I need to gain more experience and I'm looking forward to doing that at the pro level.

"I'm just honoured that Hamilton has taken me and I believe I can help them out."

MADE FOR TV

TSN's coverage of yesterday's opening rounds was the first time in more than 20 years that any of the CFL Draft was broadcast live on television.

"I think it's exciting," said Eskimos head coach Richie Hall.

"It takes the CFL to another level as far as professionalism. I think it takes it to a new level regarding awareness of the CFL. You turn it on and you get a chance to see.

"You get a chance to hear about some of these players that are projected to go and to have some history of them other than the guys that come to your team.

"To me, the awareness and the availability from the public's perspective, I think, just took our game to another level."

STAMPS LOOK SOUTH

The Grey Cup champion Calgary Stampeders used the last pick of the first round to take Central Michigan defensive back Eric Fraser.

The six-foot-one, 201-pound Fraser, of Burnaby, B.C., was the top-ranked NCAA player eligible for the draft.

Calgary took Wayne State linebacker Tristan Black with the final pick of the second round.

The Toronto native was the second-ranked Canadian NCAA player and had been projected as a first-round selection.


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