Could RedBlacks pick Quinn Smith first overall in CFL draft?

Defensive tackle Quinn Smith rocketed up draft boards after the CFL combine, which has some...

Defensive tackle Quinn Smith rocketed up draft boards after the CFL combine, which has some thinking the Ottawa RedBlacks general manager Marcel Desjardins might pick him first overall. (DARREN BROWN/QMI Agency)

Kirk Penton, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:57 PM ET

The news earlier this week was that Concordia defensive tackle Quinn Smith had rocketed from out of nowhere to No. 4 on the CFL Scouting Bureau's spring ranking.

With each passing day, however, it looks like he might end up going even higher than that in next month's CFL draft. There is plenty of talk now that Smith, who was an absolute star at the combine in late March, could go first overall to the Ottawa RedBlacks.

Smith not only dominated the offensive linemen in the one-on-one drills at Toronto's Varsity Stadium on March 23, but he showed off his intelligence and character during the interview process, he doesn't have an injury history and he has also played on the offensive line.

And playing on the offensive line is what he could end up doing in the CFL, even though he fancies himself a defensive tackle. Some in the CFL think Smith has remarkably quick feet and will be a perennial all-star guard on the offensive line. One GM said this week he would take Smith if he had the first overall pick.

That's quite the praise for someone who wasn't even on the list when the CFL Scouting Bureau released its winter ranking.


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