Bisons hope to hear names called

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:02 AM ET

Don Oramasionwu has figured his time will come since he was playing football on a Winnipeg sandlot when he was just 10.

"I've always known that I would be able to play pro some day," said Oramasionwu, one of a half-dozen University of Manitoba Bisons who could get drafted by the CFL today. "I expected to play in the CFL, I just didn't think it would come this early."

Both Winnipeg Blue Bombers draft co-ordinator Bob Dyce and GM Brendan Taman believe the Winnipegger will get picked today.

"I'm not really too concerned about it," said the 6-foot-3, 255-pound defensive lineman, who is majoring in accounting. "It's out of my hands. I still have another year of school left so if I don't get drafted, I'll go after another Vanier Cup. It's a win-win situation."

However, Manitoba's highest-rated prospect is 6-foot-2, 235-pound rush end Justin Shaw.

"Justin offers you a lot of things," Dyce said. "He's big enough that, if a D-lineman goes down, he could step right in and finish a game for you. At 6-2 and about 240, he can play on every special team and he runs well. He's a good, hard-working kid who is physically gifted. He could play special teams in our league and maybe develop into a defensive lineman."

Actually, some experts believe he could be converted to a linebacker and indications are that the Bombers would snap him up if he is still available in the middle rounds.

"Justin Shaw offers the most value," Dyce said. "He would have a great chance to come in and make our squad."

Other projected Bison draftees are: defensive back Brady Browne, receiver Terry Firr, defensive lineman Justin Cooper and linebacker Kenton Onofrychuk.

"Brady Browne is an outstanding player," Dyce said. "I believe he will be converted into a safety in our league. He'll have to earn his stripes on special teams just like the majority of the guys in this draft will have to do."

TSN's Duane Forde figures Firr could become a gem with the right fit and Onofrychuk could be a sleeper.


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