WINNIPEG - The CFL supplemental draft details have finally been set, and the Bombers are all but guaranteed to be giving up their first-round pick in 2012.
But for whom?
The CFL and the CFLPA on Thursday declared Ole Miss defensive tackle Ted Laurent a non-import, which means he and Central Michigan wide receiver Kito Poblah will be the objects of everyone’s affections when the draft is held Monday morning.
“It’s pretty much a given” the Bombers will be surrendering their first-round pick in 2012 on either Poblah or Laurent, Bombers assistant GM Ross Hodgkinson said.
“This is just an added luxury that is really helping us step up and improve our non-import player base,” he said. “It’s been a little contentious in the past, but we’ve really made great strides, particularly this year.”
CFL teams will bid their 2012 draft picks on the four supplemental draft players, the other two being Tabor College linebacker Stephen Inman and Wilfrid Laurier defensive lineman Alex Ellis. Since the Bombers have the highest waiver priority, they have the best draft pick to offer. The process is not done blindly, and it is done one player at a time.
Once they give away what will probably be the first pick for either Poblah or Laurent, the other seven teams will have higher choices, and neither player is expected to fall to the “second round.” Edmonton is second when it comes to waiver priority.
“Everybody’s waiting to see what the Bombers do,” Hodgkinson said.
If there’s one concern about Laurent, it’s that he could test the NFL waters once the lockout ends. So while Poblah might be ready to commit to the CFL sooner, Hodgkinson said waiting a year for Laurent wouldn’t be the end of the world.
Asked if the Bombers might lean towards Laurent since they picked receiver Jade Etienne fourth overall earlier this month, Hodgkinson said that’s not necessarily the case.
“I don’t know that you can have enough depth at any position,” he said. “… If you’re looking at a ratio change or a situation where you have the luxury of potentially starting eight non-imports, then receiver seems to be one of the more likely spots.”
BOMBER BITS: Troy Westwood and Bob Cameron will be among the guest coaches at this year’s training camp. The others are Otterbein College head coach Joe Loth, former Bomber offensive lineman Jermese Jones and Western Ontario special teams and defensive front seven co-ordinator Mickey Donovan … The Bombers are going to Brandon for one day of training camp, on Saturday, June 11. The team will practise at Vincent Massey High School and then have an autograph session at Neelin High School.
AROUND THE LEAGUE: Jason Maas went out on his own terms Thursday, retiring as a member of the Edmonton Eskimos. The Eskimos released Maas on Feb. 22, but the quarterback signed a one-day contract so he could officially retire with the Green and Gold … Gary Etcheverry has resigned as a defensive assistant coach with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, just six days before the opening of rookie training camp … Hamilton Tiger-Cats special teamer Ray Mariuz retired on Thursday … The Calgary Stampeders signed three running backs on Thursday, including draft picks Matt Walter and Jared Manchulenko … The Als signed two draft picks on Thursday: offensive tackle Anthony Barrette and defensive lineman Renaldo Sagesse.