Bisons kings of CFL Draft

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

No school in North America has produced more CFL draft picks in the last seven years than the University of Manitoba Bisons.

Head coach Brian Dobie and his staff have turned out 18 players who saw their names pop up on the Internet since 2000, and some of them have gone on to successful careers.

The Laval Rouge et Or are next with 17 players picked, while the Simon Fraser Clan is third with 14.

If Manitoba wants to keep its title as the draft kings of the 21st century, it better hope Laval and Simon Fraser have off days today, because there's a chance the Bisons could be shut out when the CFL conducts its annual shopping spree of talent.

Ryan Karhut, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound offensive lineman, is Manitoba best chance, but it's not a given that he'll go.

"He's very hopeful, and he's realistic, so we'll see," Dobie said. "For us it's a win-win. If he gets drafted, it's great for our program, great for recruiting, great for our image and great for the kid.

"And if he doesn't, he's back with us, and he's one of the best offensive linemen in the CIS. Either way we win."

Other Bisons who have garnered some interest from CFL teams include offensive lineman Darryl Conrad and defensive tackle Jonathan Wade, but they are unlikely to be picked.

The Bisons will have at least two players going to CFL training camps this spring, as the Blue Bombers signed graduating players Cory Huclack and Neil Fulgueras in March.

The CFL draft begins at noon today, and the Bombers have the 11th overall selection, which is the third pick of the second round. They also have selections in the third, fifth and sixth rounds.

Regina Rams receiver Chris Bauman, a Brandon native, is likely to be the top Manitoban picked today and could go in the first round.

The last Manitoban to be selected in the first round was Winnipeg's Wes Lysack, who went fifth overall to the Calgary Stampeders in 2003.

HEAVY HEARTS: The Bisons are reeling after the death of Winnipeg's Alex Rodier in a single-vehicle traffic accident last Friday on the Trans-Canada Highway.

Rodier, 18, was on his way to Winnipeg to take part in the Bisons' spring camp when the car in which he was a passenger lost control and rolled near MacGregor.

The accident drew media attention because provincial Liberal leader Dr. Jon Gerrard stopped to administer CPR, but Rodier died on the way to hospital.

Rodier played for the River East Kodiaks and Manitoba's provincial team, and he attended the Bisons' spring camp last year before joining the Regina Rams in the fall.

He redshirted with the Rams and decided to transfer to the Bisons this fall. Dobie said he would have made the squad.


Videos

Photos