Argos may gamble

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:08 AM ET

As owners of the ninth pick in a weak CFL Canadian college draft, the Argos are not in the driver's seat this morning.

But that's just fine for a team with no glaring needs after re-signing all its starters from last season's Grey Cup-winning squad. The ninth pick is the final pick of the first round.

"We'll look at everything," said Argos player-personnel director Greg Mohns, who will be at the team's draft table for the six-round conference call event. "We've done our homework and we're well-prepared and anxious."

With no major holes to fill, the Argos might opt for a player who could return to school, such as Syracuse defensive back Thomas Whitfield or Duke offensive lineman Chris Best.

Another player who could catch the Argos' eyes is Saskatchewan defensive lineman Ryan Gottselig. While the Argos might take a gamble and select Toledo offensive lineman Nick Kaczur, who was taken in the third round of the NFL draft by the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots this past weekend, the four-time conference all-star probably will slip out of the first round. Had Kaczur not been snatched in the NFL draft, he was almost a sure-fire first overall pick in the CFL draft.

The Argos also own three picks (11th, 14th and 18th) in the second round and seven overall.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats, meanwhile, likely want McMaster running back Jesse Lumsden at No. 6, despite the fact he signed as a free-agent with the Seattle Seahawks this week. Ticats coach Greg Marshall coached Lumsden at Mac.

"I hope to go real high, but I'm really focused on Seattle right now and going to mini-camp (this weekend)," Lumsden said.

While the Ticats might look into trading up, there is a good chance Lumsden still will be available at No. 6.

The Calgary Stampeders will have the first pick if they do not deal it away to one of a number of interested parties. If the Stamps keep the pick, the expected first selection is defensive lineman Miguel Robede, who has won two Vanier Cups in a row with Laval after he was booted out of the strong Miami Hurricanes program for breaking team rules.

"I would be pleased (to go first)," Robede told Sun Media. "It would be good for my ego, but I don't have any preferences. I could go anywhere."

The Ottawa Renegades pick second and fifth and the Saskatchewan Roughriders select third, fourth and seventh.

Ottawa badly needs a running back and could be looking at Les Mullings of Saint Mary's or Jeff Piercy of Saskatchewan. Akron linebacker Cam Yeow and Mac offensive lineman Fabio Filice also could catch the Renegades' attention.

The Roughriders will take a hard look at Saskatchewan receiver Nathan Hoffart.


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