Bison sweats out the draft

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:21 AM ET

University of Manitoba Bisons head coach Brian Dobie predicted Winnipeg's Riley Clayton would go in the first round of yesterday's CFL draft.

When that didn't happen -- and when he wasn't picked in the second or third rounds -- the 6-foot-5, 305-pound Bison offensive lineman really started sweating.

"It was kind of tense," said Clayton, 22. "It was going really fast, and my name wasn't getting on there. I was getting a little concerned for a while."

His fears were alleviated when the Calgary Stampeders took him in the fourth round, 27th overall.

"I'm still real happy to go to Calgary," said Clayton. "In the Canadian draft it's not that big a deal where you get drafted, as long as you do and you get to go to the camp."

Other Bisons, including defensive lineman Simon Patrick, linebacker Cory Huclack and receiver Blair Atkinson, weren't chosen.

However, Blue Bombers GM Brendan Taman said one or more of them could still end up at Winnipeg's training camp.

HE'S NO. 1! The Edmonton Eskimos used the first overall pick to choose DL Adam Braidwood, a B.C. native out of Washington State.


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