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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

RIDERS TAKE DEMSKI IN ROUND 1

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are pleased to announce they have selected University of Manitoba wide receiver Nic Demski with the sixth overall pick in Tuesday's CFL Draft.

Demski (6'0 – 215 lbs.) has been selected by the Green and White after playing four seasons with the Bisons. In 2014 the Winnipeg, MB native made 27 catches for 589 yards and five touchdowns while also rushing 47 yards on six carries. The 21-year-old also contributed on special teams where he added 19 punt returns for 272 yards and a touchdown. 

He was named a 2014 CIS second-team All-Canadian and a Canada West All-Star as well as playing in the East-West Bowl.

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Roughriders head coach Corey Chamblin had these comments on Demski Tuesday evening:

CC:  "Exciting.  We looked at a lot of different guys on film but in the last couple of days we went back through it and, as a staff, offense and defense, when we turned his film on, it was exciting.  It's exciting when you see him.  That's what we want to be on offense, is exciting.  He's a playmaker.  There's no one that's more excited than me to have Nic Demski come to the fold.  We need that type of explosiveness."

Chamblin says they were thrilled that Demski was still available at number six.  He was the first receiver chosen in the draft.

CC:  "That's who we pinpointed.  It's a little out of the box, even for us.  We had to go with what's conventional and what's not conventional but he's a playmaker."

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620 CKRM reached Demski at home in Winnipeg Tuesday evening and these are his thoughts on being a Roughrider:

DID HE KNOW THE RIDERS WERE LEANING TOWARDS HIM?

DEMSKI:  "Not too, too much.  They had their follow-up pre-draft phone call with me Monday night and Tuesday morning so they were definitely keeping in touch with me.  But there was no team that I thought I'd go to so it was definitely a nice little surprise."

ON A WINNIPEG PRODUCT GOING TO RIVAL SASKATCHEWAN

DEMSKI:  "It doesn't really matter where I'm from anymore.  I got a new family now so I can't wait to go to work with them."

DID THE RIDERS DISCLOSE THEIR PLANS FOR HIM?

DEMSKI:  "They didn't go into too much detail.  They like the way that I play when the ball's in my hands and how I play in open field.  I'm just hoping I can get as many touches as I can that way and however they want to use me, I trust them and like I said, I just can't wait to get to work with them."

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UofR Rams receiver Addison Richards went in the second round to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers while Rams teammate Tevaughn Campbell (DB) went to the Calgary Stampeders in Round 3.

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With the 26th overall selection the Riders took defensive lineman Rory Connop from Western University. The Edmonton native picked up 14.5 defensive tackles and three quarterback sacks in eight conference games.    

With the 35th overall selection the Green and White picked fullback Matthew Rea from Michigan State University where he appeared in three games in 2014. 

With the 42nd overall selection the Riders the picked up defensive back Kwamie Adjei from Mount Allison University. The Brampton, ON native picked up 34 defensive tackles, four interceptions and three quarterback sacks in eight conference games last season. 

With their first pick in the sixth round, 47th overall, the Riders selected defensive lineman Tyler Langlais from the University of Calgary. Langlais was limited to five games last season, picking up 3.5 defensive tackles. 

With their second pick in the sixth round, 50thoverall the Riders selected running back Melvin Abankwah out of Saint Mary’s University. Last season, Abankwah totaled 534 yards and two touchdowns on 112 carries in seven conference games. 

With their final selection, 59th overall, the Riders selected defensive lineman Brandon Tennant from the University of Laval. Tennant was limited to three conference games last season, picking up three defensive tackles.   


31 comments:

Anonymous said...

A Winnipeg native?! How long will he stick around for before he leaves for the Bombers!

PB

Anonymous said...

Probably about the same time as Richards sticks around in Winnipeg. The difference though, is that Richards has admitted openly that he wants to play in Sask.

Nate said...

Exciting!!!

Anonymous said...

Anon #1: Couldn't wait to be negative eh. Some of you clowns are so sickening.

Anonymous said...

Great pick by the Riders. See anon #1, it's not that hard to be a little positive.

Anonymous said...

Anon #1 is from WPG - did you expect anything different ??? just trying to stir it up ......

Anonymous said...

Lemar Durant's tweets the night of draft showed disrespect of the CFL and the process. Diva is an understatement. Even the Ti-Cats beat reporter tweeted just unfollowed Lemar Durant. Have fun with this guy in Calgary Stamps fans.

Anonymous said...

Durant is the new Nic Lewis, similar build and will be a beast to tackle!

Anonymous said...

The selection of Matt Rea is brilliant, a great replacement for Neil Hughes.

Anonymous said...

Don't worry, Stampeders know what their doing, they aren't the Grey Cup Champions for nothing. Little Lemar will tow the line or get the hell out of town just as fast as he say what happened.

Anonymous said...

Riders OC coached him last year in college. If he didn’t want him, there must be a reason!

Anonymous said...

Durant will be playing flag football with Sisco by August!

Anonymous said...

Rod. Get that stupid steak menu off your 'post' button!

Anonymous said...

Last year in the expansion draft the Riders didn't protect and subsequently lost Zak Evans after Keith Shologan was claimed.
The Rider rationale was without a starter Dlineman, there was no room for a backup.
Very shortsighted! Tonight 6th and 7th round picks were DL's. Sadly, not in position to back up or sub for a Cdn because WE DON'T HAVE ANY!!

GWil26 said...

Demski > Richards all day long... Richards is Sisco 2.0

Larry said...

@Demski9: Thankful to be brought to such a great organization! Can't wait to start this off! #RiderNation

@Demski9 on going to rival SASK: "It doesn't really matter where I'm from. I got a new family now."

@jamienye: 4. Demski re: playing Bombers "I'll be playing with a chip on my shoulder. I thought I was going to be picked by them as the hometown boy...

@jamienye: 5. "...I'm thankful the #Riders decided to choose me and now I just have to go out there and show them that we're the better organization."

Anonymous said...

BIG MISTAKE!!

Richards will be much better than Demski and it will come back to haunt the Riders.

Anonymous said...

6th and 7th round picks ...

Your worried about 6 and 7 round picks in the CFL draft? ha ha ha ha ...

These were probably drafted for the sole purpose of taking reps in trainig camp so Chick and George don't get worn out.

Anonymous said...

I had a look at Demski with his YouTube videos, let's just say that, now I definitely know who this guy is! Wow! I can't wait until the ball gets into his hands, he is both exciting and explosive.

Any nay-sayers out there that are hung up on him being a Winnipeger, you are already digging your heals in to not welcome him; surely he will leave if you keep it up.

Heads up the anus is the unfortunate welcome wagon for some... Life goes on in Riderville...

Despite the nay-sayers - Go Riders!

Kel

Anonymous said...

I see Addison's mom figured out how to post in Rods blog!

Anonymous said...

Didn't you losers watch demski play when the bisons played the Rams? Oh you don't go to ram games. Opinions formed on bias count as much as those thought out by reason and fact? Now Walls popularity makes sense.

Anonymous said...

Way to bring politics into the discussion. Wall is popular cause he's the best premier this province ever had. Yes, even better than Tommy.

Welcome Mr. Demski. Don't listen to the losers who already don't like you cause you're from Winnipeg.

Y'er welcome
Hilary

Anonymous said...

I am very encouraged by the moves by the Riders to look ahead to the future of our receiving core. Developing future stars like Greg Harding and Nic Demski to eventually replace our aging stars is good to see.

Anonymous said...

It would be great if teams would stop referring to their draft choices as "kids" and say "men" as they haven't been kids since before high school.

Anonymous said...

Wall is the best premier in the history of Saskatchewan. Used to be Tommy Douglas, but he even surpassed him now.

Anonymous said...

Bye bye Brandon

Anonymous said...

Sorry to burst your bubble Hilary, but Mr. Roy Romanow the best Premier the Province of Saskatchewan ever elected inclusive of, past, present, future.

PC/SP Senator Dueffy.

Anonymous said...

Is it safe to say looking at the amount of DL taken by the team that they realize they made a mistake in letting both Sholo and Zack Evans go to Ottawa?

Looks to me like they are trying to get some Canadian d-line which they had until the dumb decision to go "international" there.

Adam

Anonymous said...

The sad thing is Addison;s mom did learn how to post on Rod's blog and her comments are a 1000 times smarter than any of the idiot factor that ruins this site for many!


Anonymous said...

Adam brings up a point I never thought of.

It would seem as if they are righting a wrong here.

GWil26 said...

Tennant has some big potential. I like the draft class. Personally I think the Stamps dominated the draft but the Riders got good value across the board.