Argos content as spectators

ROB LONGLEY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:01 AM ET

Like any hard-core football man, Greg Mohns would prefer to have a first-round selection in the CFL draft today.

But given that parting with the fifth overall pick helped acquire the league's reigning most outstanding player, the Argos' assistant general manager figures it was a worthwhile sacrifice.

"It would have been nice to have it, but Kerry Joseph represents that one," Mohns said yesterday, referring to the Argos' recent deal to get the former Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback. "We got a great player and that (pick) was part of what it took. We'll roll with the flow and get geared up for the 13th pick (overall).

"The good thing is, the Argonauts are not in a need situation where we have to have a Canadian rookie come in and play for us right away."

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will be first on the clock when the six-round draft begins at noon. The first two rounds will be webcast on www.tsn.ca with host Rod Black and analyst Duane Forde joined by CFL commissioner Mark Cohon, who will announce the picks.

Typically, the top of the draft holds the most drama and that is the case this year, especially after three projected first-rounders signed free-agent contracts with NFL teams following that league's draft.

Sam Giguere, a speedy wideout from Sherbrooke, was grabbed by Indianapolis, Albertan Keith Shologan, a burly defensive lineman who played NCAA ball at Central Florida, signed with San Diego and Calgary's Rolly Lumbala, who played at Idaho, landed with Miami.

How that alters draft boards varies from team to team. But Mohns for one, doesn't get swayed, especially if he feels players may be long shots to stick with the NFL squad.

"There's no guarantee any of these guys are going to make the roster or even go to regular training camp in July," Mohns said. "It's just the first step in the process. You've got to make an impression in mini camp just to continue on.

'DO YOUR HOMEWORK'

"You do your homework and try to figure out who can play down there and who can't. But you have to roll the dice a little bit too. You might not see the player in June, but you might get them in September."

Calgary Stampeders director of player personal Jim Barker doesn't necessarily agree, suggesting that if a team needs immediate help, NFL signees can change priorities.

"It totally does," Barker told Sun Media. "I think Hamilton was all set to take Samuel Giguere and that may have got blown out of the water with him signing."

If the Tiger-Cats, who have three picks in the first 10, are wary of Giguere, it has been speculated they will target University of Saskatchewan safety Dylan Barker. The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder is ranked high and is seen as a player who could contribute quickly.

"Barker and Giguere are the two guys that jump out right now," Mohns said. "They are guys who could come in right away and make an impact. I think those two would be on the top of anybody's list."


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