Blue's pick up for the challenge

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:06 AM ET

Their sleeper in yesterday's CFL Canadian Draft was insulted to be passed over for four entire rounds.

After all, Indiana defensive lineman Martin Lapostolle was projected to be a possible first-rounder by some CFL polls. But the Winnipeg Blue Bombers got him with the third pick of the fifth round.

"I'm disappointed in that, yeah," Lapostolle, 25, said from his Montreal home yesterday. "But I've got to take this as a challenge and show them that they made a mistake."

All but Winnipeg, that is.

"I'm really excited about going to Winnipeg and I'll do the best I can," said the 6-foot-2, 283-pounder who has graduated in finance and is interning with a financial institute. "I spoke to (the Bombers) and they told me they were really excited about me coming to Winnipeg. But, to be honest, I don't really know much about the Bombers, I just know that it's a good football town."

Not only did Lapostolle not get much exposure to the CFL while attending Indiana, but the French Canadian was also busy learning English so he could communicate once he got down there on a football scholarship. He learns fast.

"Martin has played in the Big 10 conference with Indiana and has started 19 games in 41 opportunities, which is big," said Bomber draft co-ordinator Bob Dyce. "That's a big run conference and that's top-notch football he's playing. He's a big kid. He started off as a linebacker, then moved to defensive tackle. He's aggressive strong, with a bit of a nasty streak and we're very excited to have him join our team."

The Bombers were so surprised Lapostolle was still available that they called the school to make sure he was OK.

WORTH THE WAIT: The Bombers only had three picks in six rounds yet still used one to choose a player who will not even be in camp this year, Northwood's 6-foot-4, 305-pound offensive lineman Ryan Bisson.

"(Offensive lineman) are a very valuable commodity," Dyce said. "So, if you have to wait a year, it's definitely worth it. You can look at it this way, he's developing under someone else's tutelage right now and we aren't putting in the financial investment right now. And he becomes a better player when he does come to camp in 2006.

"Those guys don't usually start for a couple of years and to take him out (of college) early is going to hinder his progress. We want to watch him progress as a player in his senior year down at Northwood, then bring him in."

HASHMARKS: More than 10,000 fans viewed the draft proceedings on cfl.ca, the CFL announced. They likely had more success than the media listening in on a teleconference call that was spoiled by glitches and cutoffs. The end of the draft had to be conducted by cellphone ... The Bombers will now take a hard look at the players who became free agents after being passed over in the draft ... Montreal selected receiver Adam Eckert, a Winnipegger out of Dickinson State, with its last pick in the sixth round.


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