RedBlacks create CFL Draft fireworks

The RedBlacks sent the first overall pick hours before the CFL draft Tuesday night to the...

The RedBlacks sent the first overall pick hours before the CFL draft Tuesday night to the Stampeders for offensive lineman Jon Gott. (Jim Wells/QMI Agency/Files)

TIM BAINES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:21 PM ET

OTTAWA - At the start of the day, the Ottawa RedBlacks had the first overall choice in the CFL Draft and an unhappy backup quarterback on their roster.

Then came the fireworks.

Within the first half hour of Tuesday night's draft, the RedBlacks had landed an all-star with a big beard and had dumped their disgruntled quarterback to draft a defensive back they believe can be an impact player.

If nothing else, in their “war room” on the 13th floor of the Courtyard Marriott East in Ottawa, the RedBlacks made a bold entrance into the team's first season in the CFL.

The RedBlacks dealt retired centre Marwan Hage (if he gets dealt elsewhere the RedBlacks will get a conditional pick) and their No. 1 overall choice to Calgary, which selected Laval centre Pierre Lavertu. In return, the RedBlacks got awesomely bearded 28-year-old offensive lineman Jon Gott, a five-year CFL veteran who was a West division all-star last season.


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