When word leaked that the Argonauts were trading to solidify a couple of picks in the first round, the assumptions that they would take Joe Eppele and Cory Greenwood turned out to be true.
But head coach Jim Barker had a couple of tricks to unveil. With the 30th pick, the Argos took speedy receiver Steven Turner, who was trying out for the Chicago Bears, four selections after they got their hands on offensive lineman Joel Reinders, who has signed with the Cleveland Browns.
The fact the Argos had nine picks allowed Barker use some selections on players who aren't sure-fire CFLers. If they get Turner, a Brampton native, they will try to develop him into a punt returner.
"Reinders would have been considered for the first pick (overall)," Barker said. "We think he has a great chance to make the Browns, and that's why he fell where he did. But he was too good of a player to let go by.
'HAS A CHANCE'
"When you see how hard Turner works, you know he has a chance to be a football player. He had too many qualities to turn away from."
Eppele's home town is Vancouver, but he will feel right at home in Toronto. His mother's family resides in the GTA, and Eppele was planning a celebratory dinner with his maternal grandmother and other relatives on Sunday night.
"My relatives have been blowing up my phone," Eppele said, laughing. "It's just a sense of relief, of accomplishment, being able to come and play in a city where I have so much family.
"For a program that is in the rebuilding process, it's going to be huge for me."
In the several trades the Argos made, they were able to get non-import punter Jamie Boreham from the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
"We have two Americans right now (Eddie Johnson and Robbie Dehaze) and we wanted to have a Canadian option," Barker said. "Jamie is an excellent punter. We want to set ourselves up so we can make a decision -- do we go Canadian there or not?
"Overall, we're ecstatic. Any time you can address speed and athleticism and bring players in you think have a chance to make your team, you have be excited."