No quick solution

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:32 AM ET

Don't expect the Argonauts' first-round pick to be carrying a magic wand when he arrives at training camp early in June.

No matter who the Argos choose second overall in the Canadian Football League draft on Saturday, general manager Adam Rita does not expect him to be an impact player right away.

"We never do," Rita said. "That would be pretty tough. We hope to get a player who will give us quality depth."

After finishing 4-14 and out of the playoffs in 2008, the Argos have revamped their roster in most areas but still could use help everywhere.

Though the off-season additions of Rob Murphy and Dominic Picard should strengthen the O-line considerably, it could use more depth.

Alberta offensive lineman Simeon Rottier is the top-ranked prospect by the CFL's amateur scouting bureau, followed by Bishop running back Jamall Lee, who has signed with the Carolina Panthers, and Laval defensive lineman Etienne Legare at No. 3.

Rounding out the top five are Acadia slotback Matt Carter at No. 4 and Calgary offensive lineman Dylan Steenbergen in the fifth spot.

Both Carter and Steenbergen moved up four spots from the previous rankings. Windsor offensive lineman Matt Morencie dropped three spots to No. 6. Of the eligible NCAA players, Central Michigan defensive back Eric Fraser is ranked No. 1.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have the first pick overall. The Argos pick second, with the Ticats choosing again at third. The B.C. Lions own the fourth, fifth and sixth picks. The Argos have whittled down their wishlist to three players, so they're guaranteed of getting a guy they have targeted.

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Lee is a bit of a wild-card after signing with Carolina.

"I'm sure his signing will make some teams reconsider, but he shouldn't pass through the first round," Rita said.

"Everything for us revolves around what Hamilton does. It depends on who they take."

Meanwhile, Rita said the Argos are not interested in quarterback Richie Williams, who was released by the Ticats yesterday.

"Not particularly," Rita said. "We will add another one (before camp opens), but it will be a rookie. We have enough veterans (in Kerry Joseph, Cody Pickett and Reggie McNeal, who will probably line up at receiver again)."


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