CFL draft

May 12, 2015

Draft lite set for up north tonite … The CFL league holds its annual draft of Canadian-born players starting Tuesday evening at 8 PM ET. The first two rounds will be covered by TSN in Canada, while the picks in all 7 rounds will available on the CFL draft tracker. Ottawa will have the first pick overall, followed by Winnipeg and Toronto. Rice DT Chris Covington is the top-rated prospect for the CFL draft according to the league’s central scouting rankings. However, Covington was selected by Houston in the 6th round of this month’s NFL draft and likely will be passed over because he likely won’t be available to any CFL team for a year or two. Meanwhile, former UNLV OT Brett Boyko and Harvard RB Tyler Varga, the 2nd and 4th rated prospects respectively were signed after the NFL draft as undrafted rookie free agents and likely won’t be available to a CFL team until well into their 2015 schedule. As a result, Ottawa is expected to make its choice between former UConn C Alex Mateas and Laval OT Danny Groulx. It will also be interesting to see if any team takes a chance on South Alabama QB Brandon Bridge, arguably the best Canadian passer to come along in a while. Bridge had a mini-camp tryout with Dallas last week, but was not signed. Still, its a long road for a Canadian QB in the CFL because teams can keep 3 American-based QBs so that having a second or third string Canadian QB is of little advantage when it comes to putting together a roster.