Decision day for Bombers

Kito Poblah is an attractive player because he’s 6-foot-2, 213 pounds, and he caught a lot of...

Kito Poblah is an attractive player because he’s 6-foot-2, 213 pounds, and he caught a lot of footballs in college. He had 154 receptions for 1,908 yards and 15 touchdowns in 53 career games with the Chippewas, and last year he returned 11 kickoffs for 220 yards.

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:21 AM ET

WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have a big decision to make.

Is Kito Poblah worth giving up a first-round draft pick in 2012?

The Central Michigan receiver is one of three players who will be eligible in next Friday’s CFL supplemental draft. If the Bombers, who have first priority due to a 4-14 record last season, are willing to give up their first-round draft pick next season, he’s theirs.

It’s believed the Bombers will snag Poblah, but they are going to think about it first.

“You have to determine whether you’re paying that price for that value of player, whether he’s your first-round pick next year that you’re getting a year earlier,” Bombers assistant GM Ross Hodgkinson said Friday. “You can look at it that way.”

The supplemental draft is for players who are unable to prove non-import status in time for the CFL’s Canadian College draft, which was held May 8. The Bombers went into that day thinking Poblah, whom they coveted, wouldn’t be available in the supplemental draft, so they used their No. 4 choice on Saskatchewan receiver Jade Etienne after taking linebacker Henoc Muamba first overall.

Now they have a chance to grab a second elite Canadian pass catcher, which is notable considering they start two of them. The question they need to answer now is: Do they need him?

“Your only consideration is we like to believe we got a really good player in Etienne, and now does it potentially change what you might offer up in the supplemental draft?” Hodgkinson said. “That’s the topic for discussion next week in terms of what we’re prepared to offer up.”

The Bombers could offer a second- or third-round pick, for instance, but if another team is willing to fork over a first-rounder, Poblah would go to that squad.

“We’re still with the advantage that when push comes to shove, we have the final say,” Hodgkinson said.

Poblah is an attractive player because he’s 6-foot-2, 213 pounds, and he caught a lot of footballs in college. He had 154 receptions for 1,908 yards and 15 touchdowns in 53 career games with the Chippewas, and last year he returned 11 kickoffs for 220 yards.

The Bombers drafted Poblah’s cousin and teammate, running back Carl Volny, in the fifth round of this year’s draft.

The other two players available in the supplemental draft are defensive lineman Alex Ellis, who hasn’t played football for a couple of years, and linebacker Steven Inman.

The Bombers have their own first- through fourth-round draft picks in 2012 but traded away their selections in the fifth and sixth. They also have Toronto’s fourth-round choice, although it could become a second-rounder depending on how much quarterback Steven Jyles plays for the Argos.

NEW BLOOD: The Bombers signed a pair of import defensive linemen on Friday, inking Andre Caroll and Kenny Mainor to deals.

The Bombers are particularly intrigued by Caroll, a 6-foot-2, 300-pound monster out of Delaware State whose motor does not stop.

“The interesting thing is his desire and his ability to chase people downfield,” Hodgkinson said. “For a 300-pound man, you can tell he’s on a mission. He’s a heat-seeking 300-pound missile.”


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