Blue looking to land QBs overlooked by NFL

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:49 AM ET

The good news for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers is none of their four negotiation list quarterbacks was selected in the NFL draft over the weekend.

The bad news for the Bombers is none of those four quarterbacks probably even knows that he is on Winnipeg's negotiation list.

Zac Taylor, John Stocco, Tyler Palko and Will Proctor are all NCAA quarterbacks who didn't go in the NFL draft and, as far as Bombers GM Brendan Taman knew, hadn't signed anywhere as free agents as of last night.

They are all on the Bombers' protected list, and Taman is looking for a fifth quarterback to bring to training camp next month.

"I'm not too excited, because I still think most of them, if not all of them, will sign as a free agent," Taman said. "But until you know that, you don't know. Right now we're 0-for-4, so that's not bad."

If the players don't sign in the NFL today, Taman plans to call their agents tonight just to let them know he's interested. Taman sounded most intrigued by Palko, who played at the University of Pittsburgh, but he would take any one of them.

"I wasn't expecting to, but I would like to get one," he said. "They're all proven, good college football players in their own way."

Meanwhile, Taman's phone was ringing off the hook yesterday, as he fielded dozens of calls from players who weren't chosen in the NFL draft and are looking for a place to play.

"It's been hectic," Taman said. "The problem with this time of year is we have the Canadian draft to get ready for plus the fallout from this one, so you've got a lot of balls up in the air."

LATE HITS: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released former Bombers cornerback Juran Bolden yesterday. Taman said he was planning to "investigate" the matter ... The Calgary Stampeders signed running back Jon Cornish yesterday. The Stamps took Cornish, a B.C. native, 13th overall in last year's CFL draft, and the Kansas star decided to sign in Cowtown after getting passed over in the NFL draft ... The Montreal Alouettes weren't as lucky. They took Eric Deslauriers seventh overall in last year's draft, but the Eastern Michigan wide receiver signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ... Despite a recent Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal story in which a rival NFL executive suggested the Green Bay Packers needed to replace former Bomber Jon Ryan, the Packers didn't pick a punter in the draft.

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THE NEXT GENERATION?

Some of the players, in alphabetical order, who could hear their names called early in tomorrow's CFL draft:

- Donovan Alexander, DB, North Dakota --The St. Paul's grad, a former No. 1 high school football player in Manitoba, has excellent cover skills, but his physical game needs work.

- Chris Bauman, WR, Regina --The Brandon product led the CIS in receiving last year and has good size at 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds.

- J.P. Bekasiak, DL, Toledo --There's a good chance the 6-foot-6, 296-pound Windsor, Ont., native will be the first overall pick.

- Tad Crawford, S, Columbia --The Burlington, Ont., product was an Ivy League star, leading the Lions in tackles in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.

- Mike Gyetvai, OL, Michigan State --The younger brother of former Bomber Dan Gyetvai still has a year of NCAA eligibility remaining and could get NFL interest next year.

- Corey Mace, DL, Wyoming -- The 6-foot-3, 287-pound Port Moody, B.C., native might fall a bit after signing yesterday with the NFL's Buffalo Bills.

- Justin Phillips, LB, Wilfrid Laurier --The 6-foot-3, 236-pounder from Kitchener, Ont., was a CIS second-team All-Canadian last fall and could be a special teams demon.

- Jordan Rempel, OL, Saskatchewan --The 6-foot-6, 310-pound monster from Caronport, Sask., didn't have a great evaluation camp, but he was Canada West's outstanding lineman last fall.

- Andre Sadeghian, RB, McMaster -- He has good size at 6-feet, 222 pounds, and he averaged 122 yards per game for the Marauders last season while racking up 10 touchdowns.


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