Draft day unfamiliar territory for Bombers

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:01 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are scheduled to do something on Sunday they have done only six times in the last 20 years.

That would be picking in the first round of the CFL draft.

There’s always a chance the Blue and Gold could trade the sixth overall selection, which wouldn’t be a shock considering how much they’ve done it in the past.

In fact, the Hamilton Spectator reported Saturday that the Tiger-Cats, who don’t pick until No. 12, had offered offensive lineman Zac Carlson and a negotiation list player for Winnipeg’s selection but were turned down.

There was plenty of movement going on elsewhere in the first round on Saturday, as several reports indicated the Toronto Argonauts traded the No. 1 pick to the Saskatchewan Roughriders, who will take Queen’s linebacker Shomari Williams. Toronto would then select offensive lineman Joe Eppele second.

The Argos are also expected to give the No. 8 pick to the Riders for the No. 4 choice and punter Jamie Boreham, and then flip it to the B.C. Lions for No. 3 overall. B.C. reportedly wants receiver Shawn Gore, while Toronto is interested in linebacker Cory Greenwood.

The scuttlebutt around the league is the Bombers want a receiver, and Regina’s Jordan Sisco and Concordia’s Cory Watson appear to be the intended targets. Steven Turner of Bishop’s has also been mentioned in the same breath with Winnipeg.

Whoever it is — if it happens, of course — he will become just the seventh Bomber first-rounder since 1990. Here’s a look at how the other six fared:

OL Brendon LaBatte, 6th overall (2008)

The Weyburn, Sask., native might have been too good of a pick, as he’s going to take a serious shot at the NFL next winter. LaBatte was the team’s rookie of the year in 2008 and its top offensive lineman last season.

Notable players taken after LaBatte: Shea Emry (7th), Jason Arakgi (20th).

DT Daaron McField, 2nd overall (2000)

The UBC product turned out to be a bust after appearing in just 22 games and making 15 tackles. He was traded to the B.C. Lions for a draft pick early in his second season.

Notable players taken after McField: Adriano Belli (6th), George Hudson (17th), Brent Johnson (20th), Markus Howell (25th-to Wpg), Matt Sheridan (40th-to Wpg).

S Andrew Henry, 4th overall (1996)

The Jamaica-born defensive back got into 19 games before Jeff Reinebold cut him midway through his sophomore season. Henry made 25 tackles, 23 special teams tackles and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

Notable players taken after Henry: Mike Mihelic (14th), Bryan Chiu (18th).

SB Sean Graham, 6th overall (1995)

The UBC product appeared in 40 regular-season matches and one playoff game with the Blue and Gold, making 21 catches for 311 yards and no touchdowns. He also had 13 special teams tackles.

Notable players taken after Graham: Rob Lazeo (12th), Rob Hitchcock (17th), Gene Makowsky (23rd), Wade Miller (37th-to Wpg).

DB Ryan Carey, 4th overall (1994)

The Acadia University grad spent two years in Blue and Gold, appearing in 29 regular-season games and three playoff contests. He had three defensive tackles and 14 special teams tackles.

Notable players taken after Carey: Ed Philion (11th), Mike Morreale (17th), Andrew Greene (18th), Jay McNeil (34th).

LB/FB Alan Wetmore, 5th overall (1993)

The Nova Scotia native, who also played at Acadia, made it into 24 regular-season tilts and one playoff game over three seasons. He had two carries for seven yards, three catches for 17 yards and 23 special teams tackles.

Notable players taken after Wetmore: Tom Europe (7th), Greg Frers (14th).

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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