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« on: April 19, 2019, 02:46:44 AM »

The Bombers at the Draft series | Part 3 - Ed Tait

Kyle Walters and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers knew the first punch was coming. And the second and third didn't exactly drop them to their knees, either.

There's no sense running from it here - the Bombers took some shots to their Canadian content this offseason with the retirement of all-star centre Matthias Goossen to join the Delta Police Department, plus the exits of guard Sukh Chungh, a West Division All-Star, and safety Taylor Loffler - a CFL all-star in each of his three seasons - to free agency.

But dealing with change is simply part of the gig in professional sports. Players certainly know it, coaches understand it and general managers live it. Not surprisingly, the teams that manage change best are usually at or near the top of the standings on a yearly basis.

We bring this up today to open Part 3 of our 'Bombers At The Draft Series' as we look at the state of the club's collection of homegrown content and how the pieces were acquired in advance of the Canadian Football League Draft on May 2.

The Bombers currently own the fourth and fifth selections in the first round and five picks in the Top 34 of what is generally regarded as a deep and talented draft.

And given GM Kyle Walters & Co.'s draft record over the past few years, there's less panic in Bomber Nation at the notion of finding replacements to Goossen, Chungh and Loffler than there might have been just a few years ago when the club made a habit of bungling their drafts.

With that, the Bombers have their fingers crossed their replacements are already in-house and the Canadian cupboard will be further replenished in next month's draft.

Consider, as evidence, that the Bombers have made 36 draft picks over the past five years that yielded four starters in Goossen, Chungh, Loffler and receiver Drew Wolitarsky, two others that are front-runners to start this year in safety Derek Jones and centre Michael Couture, and nine other players who dressed for games in 2018 - Jesse Briggs, Shayne Gauthier, Trent Corney, Frank Renaud, Abu Conteh, Rashaun Simonise, Daniel Petermann, Geoff Gray and Tylor Henry.

Corney, Renaud and Henry are no longer in the picture for this season, but three players from last year's draft class will be competing in camp in defensive back Jake Firlotte, and offensive linemen Matthew Ouellet De Carlo and Ben Koczwara.

There are some givens and some question marks there, but the Bombers recent draft track record - coupled with the work done by the franchise to make it a desirable free agent destination again - means there is a very real sense the club has avoided the potential damage change brought this offseason and are now poised to counter-punch.

With all that in mind and with the Bombers currently holding nine selections - 4th, 5th, 14th, 25th, 34th, 43rd, 52nd, 61st and 70th - in the May 2nd draft, bluebombers.com looks at the current crop of Canadians and how they were acquired...


Read the rest of Ed Tait's article here!
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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2019, 05:26:19 PM »

Any rumors coming from the comments about the willingness to trade our top 2 picks? I'm neither for or against the idea but it was an interesting suggestion.
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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2019, 07:51:47 PM »

We drafted 4 starters in the last 5 years and lost 3 of them this off season.
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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2019, 08:16:09 PM »

Any rumors coming from the comments about the willingness to trade our top 2 picks? I'm neither for or against the idea but it was an interesting suggestion.

It's going to be hard to trade them if we don't know how many national starters are required. If we're heading down to five, the value of the picks diminishes somewhat.
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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2019, 08:22:56 PM »

It's going to be hard to trade them if we don't know how many national starters are required. If we're heading down to five, the value of the picks diminishes somewhat.

I'd think GM's know what was accepted in earlier discussions but maybe not. Even if the ratio doesn't change, trades happen and the Bombers seemed to float the idea earlier.

A few teams are probably desperate to move up but that doesn't mean much either.
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