Now that we've been through the NFL draft and free agent signings, it's time to turn our sights north for the Canadian Football League Draft. The last Buffalo player drafted was Natey Adjei who went to the Toronto Argonauts. This year all eyes are on UB Bulls offensive lineman Dillion Guy.
CFL Draft 2016
CFL Draft 2016
The big difference between the CFL and NFL drafts are the pools from which players can be drawn. While most every player in the NFL draft comes from the NCAA the league actually can pull players from other nations whether or not they played in America.
In the CFL, however, teams can only select from a pool of eligible "non-import players". To be a "non-import", a player needs to be a Canadian citizen at the time of signing his first contract or they need to be physically residing in Canada for five years prior to reaching the age of 18. These players are typically from the ranks of the Canadian Interuniversity system or the NCAA.
Dillion Guy came to Buffalo from nearby Hamilton, Ontario and was a force on UB's line until injury sidelined him and hurt his draft stock. He has since healed up and is back on the radar for the first and second rounds of tonight's draft.
If it wasn't for the knee injury, he would have been projected as a top-five pick. Most projections now have him in the mid-teens. Ottawa is a team to watch for in the second round. It's possible that Guy gets picked up by the Redblacks, where he would join Ernest Jackson and Jake Silas.
What works for Guy is that CFL drafts are heavily slanted towards the offensive line. Since 2011, a quarter of all players taken have been offensive linemen. Last season the first three players, and six of the first nine taken were offensive linemen.
Like the NFL, the CFL draft is set up in reverse order of the 2015 CFL standings. That means this year the Saskatchewan Roughriders hold the first overall pick and the Grey Cup Champion Edmonton Eskimos cap things off.
Winnipeg gets no first round pick tonight because of its first round selection in the supplemental draft to select Garrett Waggoner.
Only 20 players go in the CFL draft and it goes pretty quick. If you want to follow here is how:
Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM EDT
TV: TSN2 (English) and RDS2 (French)
Streaming: May stream on TSN, will update