Published on April 29, 2008 9:16 PM by dbo.
The Canadian Football League Canadian College Entry Draft takes place tomorrow, April 30 starting at 12 noon Eastern Time. For the first time, coverage of the first two rounds of the draft can be followed on TSN, where the studio broadcast will welcome CFL commissioner Mark Cohon to announce the selections. Rod Black will be the host with analysis and commentary provided by University of Western Ontario head coach Greg Marshall, Saskatchewan Huskies head coach Brian Towriss, TSN CFL analyst Duane Forde and TSN’s Farhan Lalji. The full 48 picks over six rounds of the draft can be followed live on cfl.ca and tsn.ca.
For a primer on this year’s draft, check out Duane Forde’s coverage on tsn.ca. There are also mock-draft predictions of the first round on cfl.ca. Some reports had Saskatchewan Safety Dylan Barker’s stock falling out of the number one pick, but subsequent reports say there are four teams in the running to acquire the first pick to take Barker. CFL clubs have been in a flurry of activity in the final days before the draft as Canadian player signings in the NFL will affect where some players are taken in the Canadian draft. Picking second overall, Edmonton has their minds made up on who they want to take with their selection.
Despite this draft year being called one of the deepest in a while, the CFL still limits itself with its import/non-import definition to classify Canadian and non-Canadian players, leaving some with Canadian citizenship to compete with import players. It seems that a league trying to portray its Canadian purity would be interested in applying the more national Canadian and import designations to players versus the rather generic import and non-import terms. The spirit of the rule should be to provide opportunity to Canadian players, and a player with Canadian citizenship who played high school football in Canada should be Canadian, even if he played football in the US as a second-grader. This is another item that commissioner Cohon should look at addressing and correcting in a way satisfactory to all.