Eval camp loaded with talent

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

It's time for the CFL's future stars to shine.

The league's annual evaluation camp begins tonight in suburban Toronto, and Winnipeg Blue Bombers Canadian college draft co-ordinator Bob Dyce will be there with his eyes peeled for talent.

Forty-eight CIS and NCAA players who are eligible for next month's Canadian college draft will strut their stuff -- both physically and mentally -- in front of the scouts.

The Bombers have the 15th overall pick in this year's draft, and Dyce has a good idea of what he'll be looking for over the next three days.

"It's a decent year for offensive linemen, so if there are maybe a couple juniors picked early, you may get a guy who's almost ready to play at 15th," Dyce said. "We'll have to see how it all shakes down.

"There's a couple DBs as well that are coming out that'll be at camps this year that probably can step in and really compete."

Dyce, who will be joined by Bombers offensive co-ordinator Mike Gibson and defensive co-ordinator Greg Marshall at the camp, said the talent pool is deep this year.

"Overall I would say pretty good, probably better than last year," said Dyce. "It's closer to 2004, but maybe even a little better than that."

The camp's participants, which include offensive lineman Riley Clayton and defensive lineman Simon Patrick of the University of Manitoba Bisons, will go through medical exams, measurements, flexibility tests and a bench press this afternoon.

After dinner tonight they will do the Wonderlic test, which measures intelligence, and meet with team representatives for a round of interviews.

Tomorrow they will go through individual and group drills according to their positions.

IT'S OFFICIAL: The Bombers made the signing of QB Mike Quinn official yesterday.

The 31-year-old, former NFL pivot joins Kevin Glenn, Russ Michna and Tee Martin as the team's quarterbacks heading into training camp.


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