Draft pick refreshed

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:35 AM ET

You can bet the refresh button on the CFL website took a beating from Scott Mennie yesterday.

The University of Manitoba Bisons linebacker and some of his teammates watched the CFL Canadian Draft on the Internet hoping to see their names pop up. And Mennie's was first when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers finally called his name with their first pick -- third in the fourth round -- after taking two timeouts to discuss their selection.

"I just kept hitting that refresh button, I saw the name come up there and that was the last thing I remembered for the next half hour or so," said Mennie, who was so excited that he skedaddled down to the Bombers office where he was formally introduced to the media after donning a Blue Bombers jersey.

"It couldn't be a better feeling. The draft couldn't have worked out any better for me. It didn't look like I was going to be able to be picked by the Bombers and it was always something that I had hoped to do, playing for Manitoba the last three years now. It just couldn't be a better fit for me. I knew they had interest in me but I wasn't expecting it at the time. It was a great feeling and I'm still on Cloud 9 right now."

So, for that matter, were the Bombers.

"He's a guy we've been watching for a long time," said head coach Jim Daley. "(Assistant coach) Bobby Dyce, who's in charge of our draft, has scouted him for years. We did not think that he would be available by the fourth round and we were delighted that he was. We feel that he will come in and compete for one of our backup linebacker spots and special teams jobs, which he excels at at the University of Manitoba."

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Victoria native has been known as a special teams terror.

"I'm very excited," said Dyce, who coached Mennie as a Bison assistant. "Obviously, I have a personal tie with Scott and I know his character and his ability. Scott has been an extremely hard worker at Manitoba. He was the second strongest player (at the CFL evaluation camp) and that's counting offensive lineman and everybody.

"With his being a middle linebacker, there's the intangibles of how smart he is. He's a very cerebral player and he works at all aspects. He does film study and he does the stuff in the gym and on the track. He works out with the Bison track team to work on his speed. I think the world of Scott's work ethic and character."

Although Mennie still has a year of college eligibility left, Daley said he could fill one of three or four spots open on special teams.

"I like putting my head in there," said Mennie, 25. "I'll try to give them what they want. I'm just going to work my butt off and do everything I can to get the job done."

Bombers also drafted Indiana defensive lineman Martin Lapostolle and Northwood offensive lineman Ryan Bisson. However, Bisson will be given another year of seasoning in college so, the Burlington, Ont., native will not come to camp until 2006.


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