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Author Topic: 2019 Blue Bomber Draft Picks - May 2, 2019 @ 7:00 PM CT  (Read 11669 times)
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« Reply #105 on: May 03, 2019, 09:27:25 PM »

https://www.bluebombers.com/2019/05/03/pretty-excited-pick-kyle-walters-draft/

TOO GOOD TO PASS ON

There were a couple of potential red flags with University of Tennessee defensive lineman Jonathan Kongbo heading into Thursday?s CFL Draft.

First, he suffered a season-ending ACL injury last October in a game against Auburn. And second, his skill set is exceptional enough that there was some thought he might still get drafted in the NFL or sign a priority free agent deal.

The Bombers did their homework on both of those concerns before Thursday and comfortable in the answers on both, were thrilled to get him fifth overall.
?He?s the one where you do the film and you?re watching this long, athletic, aggressive, physical player playing at the University of Tennessee in the SEC against big-time opponents,? said Walters. ?As a group, Ted (Goveia), Mike (O?Shea) and I are going, ?You just don?t see this very often in our draft, the film that you?re watching.?

?In our mind he was the top prospect in just football ability and what you?re watching on film. Obviously, the concern was the NFL interest with a player like that and then he unfortunately suffered a knee injury and had to have surgery.

?With two first-round picks he?s just too good a talent to not take and take our time with him until he gets healthy.?


FINGERS WERE CROSSED

The Bombers wanted to address needs on the offensive and defensive lines with their first two picks in the draft and had hoped and prayed that Winnipegger Brady Oliveira, a running back to starred at North Dakota, would be available in the second round 14th overall.

Walters admitted there were some tense moments between the Kongbo selection at five and when the club was next scheduled to pick. And when Oliveira was still there, they pounced.

?I?ll tell you what, he takes football serious,? Walters said. ?We had him in here the other day and the first thing that comes across is this man loves football and takes it serious. He will do whatever it takes to get on the field, whatever is asked of him, it doesn?t matter.

?He is physical, strong, quicker than fast? it?s similar to what Andrew has. He?s quick in the hole, he?s physical. He was under-utilized as a receiver, which a lot of the backs are in the American game, but he?s got the ability to grow into a receiver and do the sort of stuff that Andrew does, which is why we liked him as a match in Paul?s (offensive coordinator Paul LaPolice?s) system and what we do here.?

A STEAL AT 34?

Football clubs are always cautious of doing the ?we can?t believe he was still there when we went to pick? thing, but the Bombers can?t believe centre Asotui Eli was still there when their slot in the fourth round, 34th overall, arrived.

Eli did not play last year after suffering a knee injury and there was some speculation the former star centre with the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors was done with football. It turns out Eli has a family connection Bombers Assistant GM Danny McManus, and the Bombers did their homework on whether he still had interest in playing.

He does. And if he can get his game back, this could be massive.

?You just look at his pedigree where he was a starter at Hawaii,? said Walters. ?His film is unbelievable playing big-time college opponents? big kid, quick in short areas, strong off the ball.

?His football future was uncertain to him and his family for a while. But recently he got the bug back and this is something he decided he wanted to do. We were in touch with him. Great kid. Wants to play football, committed? he was out of football for a year now, so it?s going to take him a bit to get it back and get back in football shape. But he?s healthy and ready to go and he?s a really interesting one, similar to Kongbo and at that spot in the draft way too talented and way too good a pedigree to not take a shot.

?If we can get him back to what we saw on film against UCLA and similar opponents he?s going to be really good.?

A WORD ON THE REST

DL Connor Griffiths: ?The general consensus is he was the best interior defensive lineman. His film was good, there?s nothing flashy about him but he?s a hard working tough kid. Probably at the combine his numbers are why he fell, in my opinion. His testing numbers weren?t great, but the strength of him is on the field. He?s a playmaker, not a tester. He?s going to fit into our locker room. He?s a great young man who is going to give you everything he?s got every single time.?

WR Malik Richards: ?Testing numbers were great? productive? he showed up at the combine and was right in the mix with all those other guys running fast 40s. He?s athletic, strong and was the last name on the board of receivers from an athletic standpoint.?

DL Tariq LaChance: ?We didn?t know much about him. He showed up at the Western Combine and we instantly called (Manitoba head coach) Brian Dobie after seeing this kid for 10 minutes and said, ?Who is this kid with the Bisons helmet?? Brian walked me through the whole story and he?s got a bit of a history that is not a traditional way of getting here. We had him in here a few years ago when he was with the Rifles as a territorial pick, when he was a fullback. He?s super-athletic. Very explosive. We showed Glenn Young his tape, his combine tape, and Glenn raved about him. He?s different. He?s close to 260 pounds, it?s the way he runs and he?s violent on the field. There?s not a lot of football in his past, but he?s going to come in and get coached and I think his upside is very high.?

DB Nick Hallett: ?2018 was a little disappointing for him because he dealt with some injuries. When you go back and watch his 2017, he was as good a defensive back as there was out there? he was running around, making plays, striking. He?s going come in and take reps at safety and play special teams.?

DB Kerfalla Exum?: ?When we went through and watched his special-teams film? you could make the case that out of anybody he was the best special-teams player at the draft with his want-to and his attitude. He?ll be much more further along than other guys on special teams because he?s done it at the U Sports level.?


So, McManus has a familial tie with Eli, and the kid wants to play... Iguess no one else had that info, and the Bombers felt secure enough that he would drop to them in the 4th round...
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« Reply #106 on: May 03, 2019, 10:13:17 PM »

Walters press conference post draft.

https://www.pscp.tv/w/1mnGevZMZoQJX

Lol, so honest and talkative.
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« Reply #107 on: May 03, 2019, 10:20:50 PM »

Which current players do you see them replacing?

The bottom 3rd of our Canadian roster is still pretty good. We don't really have any bad players any longer to replace per se.

Hecht is not a bad veteran to have around but we have Firlotte coming back from 2018 draft. Janke was added in free agency and we drafted 2 DB's this draft. Conteh is here too.

So if neither of the 2019 draftees has eligibility left, something may have to give to find space for everyone. Age, SMS and upside of new choices will come into play.

Augustine may be in a fight on the AR roster with Oliveria.

Ouelet De Carlo & Koczwara will battle the OL players we drafted.

I wouldn't define any of those I identified as bad players. Just saying they might have the most to prove against the competition in TC.

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« Reply #108 on: May 03, 2019, 11:06:40 PM »

Great draft! Excellent job gentlemen!Cheers!
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« Reply #109 on: May 04, 2019, 03:46:29 AM »

I really appreciate everyone's take on the draft, nice well rounded picks
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« Reply #110 on: May 04, 2019, 01:22:16 PM »

I hear the Bombers wanted Betts but he was taken at #3 just before Bombers picks.
Betts is much similar to Chick, Edmonton got a good one.
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« Reply #111 on: May 04, 2019, 01:25:13 PM »

I hear the Bombers wanted Betts but he was taken at #3 just before Bombers picks.
Betts is much similar to Chick, Edmonton got a good one.

Betts was probably on everyone's wish list but Kongbo is sounding very intriguing.
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« Reply #112 on: May 04, 2019, 04:27:39 PM »

I hear the Bombers wanted Betts but he was taken at #3 just before Bombers picks.
Betts is much similar to Chick, Edmonton got a good one.

Kongbo is better than Betts overall.  Betts struggles against the run at times but is a slightly better pass rusher.
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« Reply #113 on: May 04, 2019, 07:50:56 PM »

How much speed agility etc do players lose after serious knee injuries like picks 2 and 5 suffered?  I know it must vary, but generally speaking, how hard is it to return to previous form?

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« Reply #114 on: May 04, 2019, 08:10:22 PM »

Kobongo is/was best football talent in draft..I think we were targeting even if Betts was there..he's also going to be more versatile..Betts is good off a jump on the outside...in Canadian college but pro is a different game..and he can be easily neutralized..plus he is weak against the run..he has work to do on his game testing numbers aren't the mark of a dominant player
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« Reply #115 on: May 05, 2019, 02:54:09 PM »

https://theratiobreaker.com/2019/05/05/2019-cfl-draft-class-rankings-and-analysis/
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« Reply #116 on: May 05, 2019, 04:01:42 PM »

They could have picked a receiver. But maybe it's a good thing. We usually pick a player that no one else has rated high. Some teams picked up some good receivers. We always find our team short at this position.
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« Reply #117 on: May 05, 2019, 04:41:35 PM »

Bombers did pick up a receiver ...... Malik Richards
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« Reply #118 on: May 05, 2019, 07:18:50 PM »

They could have picked a receiver. But maybe it's a good thing. We usually pick a player that no one else has rated high. Some teams picked up some good receivers. We always find our team short at this position.
Demski, Simonise, Petermann, Wolitarsky. Taking a receiver with any of our top picks would have been a waste. We seldom carried 5 Canadian receivers last year and there wasn't a sure fire stud available at 14
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« Reply #119 on: May 05, 2019, 09:40:15 PM »

Demski, Simonise, Petermann, Wolitarsky. Taking a receiver with any of our top picks would have been a waste. We seldom carried 5 Canadian receivers last year and there wasn't a sure fire stud available at 14

Depends whether he can go back to university for 2019. Depth includes building for the beyond 2019 etc.
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