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Thursday, May 3, 2018

CHAPMAN GOES #1, RIDERS TAKE SHEPLEY

Chapman
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats selected receiver Mark Chapman first overall in the CFL draft.

The six-foot, 180-pound Chapman was the leading receiver last season at Central Michigan University with 59 catches for 875 yards and five TDs. Over four seasons at the school. Chapman had 147 receptions for 2,035 yards and 10 TDs.

A resident of Port Huron, Mich., Chapman is deemed a Canadian in the CFL because he has dual Canadian-American status as his mother is a native of Sarnia. Ont. It wasn't until his senior season at Central Michigan that Chapman learned he could be eligible to play in Canada as a national player.

After performing before 32 NFL scouts at Central Michigan's pro day, Chapman excelled at the CFL combine. He posted a time of 4.69 seconds in the 40-yard dash and had a 36-inch vertical jump, broad jump of 10 feet 7 1/4 inches and his shuttle time of 4.12 second was second-best overall.

And just for added emphasis, Chapman went on to shine in the one-on-one competition. He was projected as one of the most pro-ready players in the draft.

Chapman was bypassed in last weekend's NFL draft but accepted a rookie mini-camp invitation from the New York Giants. Hamilton obtained the first overall pick Wednesday in a multi-player, multi-pick trade with the Montreal Alouettes.

Montreal then took offensive lineman Trey Rutherford with the second selection. The six-foot-five, 312-pound native of Markham, Ont., appeared in 44 games at UConn _ including 10 as a true freshman in 2014.

He saw action at fullback as well as both guard and tackle spots but considers guard as his natural position. Rutherford was bypassed in the NFL draft and declined mini-camp offers to concentrate solely on the CFL draft.

On Wednesday, Montreal landed starting Canadian offensive lineman Ryan Bomben from Hamilton.

The B.C. Lions selected Rice offensive lineman Peter Godber at No. 3, a pick they obtained from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Wednesday. The six-foot-three, 300-pound Toronto native was sent home early from the CFL combine after not testing but did attract six of the nine CFL teams to his pro day.

The Ottawa Redblacks kept the run on offensive linemen going at No. 4, taking Alberta's Mark Korte. The six-foot-three, 295-pound native of Spruce Grove, Alta., started at left tackle over his four-year tenure and last season was Canada West's top offensive lineman.

Korte comes from a football family as his father and brother played defensive end and linebacker, respectively, at Alberta.

Shepley
The Saskatchewan Roughriders made the first surprising selection of the draft, taking UBC offensive lineman Dakoda Shepley at No. 5. The six-foot-five, 315-pound Windsor, Ont., native was projected as a first-overall selection but joined the NFL's New York Jets as an undrafted free agent Saturday.

Hamilton, with its second first-round pick, continued bolstering its offence line by taking Calgary lineman Darius Ciraco. The six-foot-four, 292-pound Burlington, Ont., native can play either tackle or guard.

B.C., which also had two first-round selections, looked to the defensive line at No. 7 by taking Georgia State's Julien Laurent. The six-foot-four, 294-pound Toronto native does have the ability to contribute to the Lions very quickly.

The Calgary Stampeders didn't look far for the eighth selection, taking Calgary offensive lineman Ryan Sceviour. The six-foot-three, 303-pound Calgary native has certainly been a durable performer, having started every game of his collegiate career.

The Grey Cup-champion Toronto Argonauts concluded the opening round looking to the future, taking Bowling Green offensive lineman Ryan Hunter at No. 9. The North Bay, Ont., native was regarded as the top lineman in the draft but the six-foot-five, 318-pound Hunter agreed to terms with the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent Saturday.

Neither Winnipeg nor the Edmonton Eskimos had first-round picks.

(Canadian Press)

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In the second round, the Roughriders selected Calgary Dinos linebacker Micah Teitz with the 14th pick overall.

In the fifth round (36th overall), the Roughriders selected Bishop’s Gaiters defensive lineman Mathieu Breton.

Saskatchewan’s sixth-round selection (45th overall) was Saint Mary’s Huskies defensive lineman Tresor Buama-Mafuta. The 6-foot-3, 315-pounder is a 24-year-old product of Montreal who had 17 tackles, seven assists and 1.5 sacks during his final AUS season. He didn’t play last season due to eligibility issues.

The Roughriders’ final pick of the draft, in the eighth round (63rd overall), was York Lions offensive lineman Christopher Smith.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

This draft is throwing darts at a board and hoping

Anonymous said...

Randy Ambrosie making all the announcements makes for a very pathetic televised program for a so called professional football league. We want to see the inner workings from the team tables making decisions, and then the proceeded team pick of each individual selected. CFL = Boring, by time!

CFLcustomer

Anonymous said...

I read a tweet from CFL fans only graded the riders a D in this draft not sure how they came to that conclusion and graded them 9 th out of the 9 teams,what is everybody's opinion on the draft.

Anonymous said...

Where was Noah Picton selected

Anonymous said...

I would like to hear if Noah Picton was selected or signed by anyone.

Newt from YQR

the flammer said...

riders should have taken godfrey oyketa with their first pick, he,s going to be a star,he is ready to play now, not like an olineman we will never see.

Anonymous said...

Noah Picton was not drafted by anyone. He can sign with any team if they choose to pick him up.