Ticats ready for 2014 CFL draft

Hamilton, ON, Canada / AM900 CHML

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are ready for the 2014 CFL Draft.

The draft begins at 7 o’clock Tuesday night and you can follow the action on Twitter @AM900CHML and live reports during CHML’s Matt Holmes Show.

Austin says he and his staff have compiled “a couple” of mock drafts, noting “there’s always surprises.”

But he adds “the most important thing is that we order our board according to what we want and how we’ve evaluated and then watch how the thing plays out.”

Austin says “we definitely have somebody that we would like,” but cautions they don’t know when that player is going to be taken.

“If he’s sitting there at 9, I’m going to be a very, very happy guy,” Austin said with a smile.

After holding the first overall selection in the 2013 CFL draft, which turned out to be University of Calgary defensive tackle Linden Gaydosh who is now in the NFL, Hamilton’s first pick this year is 9th overall.

Even so, Austin says their preparation, evaluation and how the team is ranking the draft eligible players hasn’t changed from what they did last year.

He says the only difference from 2013 is that “we didn’t get as many phone calls this year as we did last year,” referring to the trade offers the club received for the top pick in ’13.

Austin would not offer any information as to whether he has spoken to other CFL general managers about the possibility of moving up in the draft.

The expansion Ottawa RedBlacks hold the number one pick, followed by Winnipeg, Edmonton, Montreal, B.C., toronto, Calgary and Saskatchewan.

The Ticats and Roughriders swapped picks in a February trade that sent kicker Josh Bartel and defensive end Shomari Williams to Regina.

In addition to the 9th overall draft pick this year, the Tiger-Cats also received Saskatchewan’s 11th overall pick.

The Cats also hold the 17th overall selection, but are then not slated to pick until the fifth round, 44th overall.

Hamilton’s other selections are 53rd and 54th overall, in the 6th round, and 62nd overall, which is in the 7th and final round of the draft.

Austin admits this year’s draft is not as deep as last year’s but thinks “there’s enough talent for teams to improve.”

One reason for that is because Canadians playing in the NCAA are now allowed to be drafted only after completing their senior year, eliminating the possibility of players returning to college after being selected.

Austin says he likes his team’s current crop of Canadians, saying “we’re pretty deep… and we don’t need a big draft” to improve the club’s contingent of Canucks.

The final ranking from the CFL scouting bureau ranks McGill offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif as the top prospect, followed by Montreal offensive lineman David Foucault and Laval o-lineman Pierre Lavertu.

2014 CFL Draft Order

Round 1
1 Calgary Stampeders via OTT
2 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
3 Edmonton Eskimos
4 Montreal Alouettes
5 BC Lions
6 Toronto Argonauts
7 Calgary Stampeders
8 Saskatchewan Roughriders via HAM
9 Hamilton Tiger-Cats via SSK
Round 2
1 Ottawa REDBLACKS
2 Hamilton Tiger-Cats via SSK via WPG
3 BC Lions via EDM
4 Montreal Alouettes
5 BC Lions
6 Toronto Argonauts
7 Calgary Stampeders
8 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
9 Saskatchewan Roughriders
Round 3
1 Calgary Stampeders via OTT
2 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
3 Edmonton Eskimos
4 Montreal Alouettes
5 Ottawa REDBLACKS via CGY via BC
6 Calgary Stampeders via WPG via TOR
7 Calgary Stampeders
8 Winnipeg Blue Bombers via CGY via HAM
9 BC Lions via SSK
Round 4
1 Ottawa REDBLACKS
2 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
3 Edmonton Eskimos
4 Montreal Alouettes
5 BC Lions
6 Toronto Argonauts
7 Calgary Stampeders
8 Montreal Alouettes via HAM
9 Toronto Argonauts via SSK
Round 5
1 Ottawa REDBLACKS
2 Toronto Argonauts via WPG
3 Saskatchewan Roughriders via EDM
4 Calgary Stampeders via MTL
5 BC Lions
6 Toronto Argonauts
7 Montreal Alouettes via CGY
8 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
9 Saskatchewan Roughriders
Round 6
1 Ottawa REDBLACKS
2 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
3 Edmonton Eskimos
4 Montreal Alouettes
5 BC Lions
6 Toronto Argonauts
7 Hamilton Tiger-Cats via CGY
8 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
9 Saskatchewan Roughriders
Round 7
1 Ottawa REDBLACKS
2 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
3 Edmonton Eskimos
4 Montreal Alouettes
5 BC Lions
6 Toronto Argonauts
7 Calgary Stampeders
8 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
9 Saskatchewan Roughriders
10 Ottawa REDBLACKS
11 Ottawa REDBLACKS

 

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