Bombers have their man

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:32 AM ET

WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have identified the centre of their draft attention.

What happens after that is anyone's guess.

A CFL source confirmed to the Sun on Thursday the Bombers intend to draft linebacker Henoc Muamba first overall in Sunday's Canadian college draft. The Mississauga, Ont., native was the CIS defensive player of the year for Nova Scotia's St. Francis Xavier X-Men in 2010.

After that is where it gets murky, especially after a source told the Sun on Thursday that Central Michigan receiver Kito Poblah will not be eligible for the CFL supplemental draft, which is for players whose non-import status isn’t granted in time for the regular draft.

Since the Bombers were very interested in Poblah and now cannot grab him, the speculation is the Blue and Gold will go after another receiver with their fourth overall selection and are less likely to trade down for more picks.

The top two receivers in this year's draft are Calgary Dinos pass catchers Nathan Coehoorn and Anthony Parker. It’s believed the Bombers are more interested in Coehoorn, who was a CIS First-team All-Canadian in 2009.

The fourth piece of the early first-round puzzle is Rice University offensive lineman Scott Mitchell, who is the CFL Scouting Bureau’s top-ranked prospect.

The Bombers would have been all over Mitchell at No. 4 if Poblah was going to be available in the supplemental draft, but it probably wouldn’t have mattered anyway because the tackle is expected to be gone by the time Winnipeg picks at No. 4.

Muamba, 22, had 63.5 tackles, one interception, 3.5 sacks, 8.5 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in eight games for the X-Men last fall.

He was also a CIS First-team All-Canadian in 2009 and a second-teamer in 2008.


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