December 12, 2012
Going 'off the board' hasn't worked for Winnipeg Blue BombersBad luck picking players at draft
By PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency
So the CFL released its list of the 15 top-rated prospects for next year’s Canadian college draft.
In other words, 15 more players the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will ignore.
A little harsh, perhaps.
But in the last couple of drafts, the Bombers have made an art form of going “off the board,” selecting players that made the rest of the league go, “Huh?”
This past year it was O-lineman Tyson Pencer out of Washington State with the third overall pick. A year earlier it receiver Jade Etienne of Saskatchewan, with the fourth.
Both Pencer and Etienne had dropped right off the top-15 rankings list by draft day, and so far neither has proven the prognosticators wrong.
Pencer ripped up his shoulder in his first year, while Etienne hasn’t ripped up anything in two, catching but a single pass.
Will the Bombers pull off the trifecta with their second overall pick next spring?
There’s plenty of time for the brain trust to debate it.