OTTAWA - For 10 days, the Ottawa RedBlacks football operations guys sat around in a spacious suite, Room 1313, in the Courtyard Marriott East, on Coventry Rd.
They watched film of prospects for the CFL Draft, fast-forwarding, rewinding and pausing -- looking for athleticism, technique, high motors -- things that would influence their way of thinking in Tuesday night's CFL Draft. They stacked and re-stacked their draft board, ordering in pizza or going downstairs to the hotel restaurant when there was a need for food.
GM Marcel Desjardins, assistant GM Brock Sunderland, pro and college scout Jeremy Snyder and Canadian scout Miles Gorrell were joined by coach Rick Campbell and members of his staff. There was debate and disagreement, but different perspectives were all good for the process.
One name under discussion was Stittsville's Sam Sabourin, a linebacker who was rated as second-rounder a few months ago. Sabourin has decided to step away from football at Queen's.
"We talked about him in depth, talked to him, but he's moved on," said Desjardins. "We were going to wait until the later rounds, but he's not interested."
How intense was it in the "war room?"
Said Campbell with a laugh: "(Earlier Tuesday), I asked (Marcel) a question, 'What are we eating tonight?' He said nothing."