Revisiting the BC Lions 2013 draft

Draft Mining

Lion’s go after some uncut gems with their 2013 CFL Draft selections

The BC Lions added seven new Non-Import players to the den in what turned out to be a very calculated and analytical CFL Draft, but they managed to fill out the two biggest concerns on the team; Offensive Line and Defensive Back.

Here’s a glimpse on who may report to camp in Kamloops come early June.

1st Round

Hunter Steward OL from Liberty University.

A big, versatile, athletic lineman that has played both sides of the ball in college.

Standing 6’7” and 290 lbs he has the length to play O-Tackle in the CFL but may return to Liberty to gain some much needed experience at the position.

BC figures he will be the heir apparent to Ben Archibald.

2nd Round

Seydou Junior Haidara WR from the University of Laval.

The best receiver in the draft. Knows what it takes to be a champion having competed in two Vanier Cups, winning the re-match against McMaster this past season.

A solid 6’2” 215 lb physical receiver that hauled in 3 receptions for 106 yards in that winning title game.

The non-import receiver is probably the most polished talent of all BC selections and will most likely turn some heads at main training camp.

3rd Round

2013 CFL Draft

The picks are in. How did the Leo’s do? (Photo: Google)

Bo Lokombo LB from the University of Oregon.

Widely considered the best talent, and biggest gamble in the draft.  The BC native is a steal for GM Wally Buono and Head Coach Mike Benevides. Especially in the third round.

Lokombo is slated to head back to the Ducks for his final season and try his luck with the NFL draft next April.

Odds are slim that he will wear our Orange but he may one day make a valuable asset for the Lions.

4th Round

Matt McGarva DB from Windsor University.

Here’s what you need to know about McGarva;  a two-time OUA All-Star even though he only played in 4 four games this past season.

The 6’0” 190 lb Surrey native will expect to make a push for playing time this season with the Leo’s. An Academic All-Canadian, McGarva will help fill out the depth in the defensive secondary.

5th Round

Matthew Albright from St. Mary’s University.

The 6’5” 305 lb Tackle is just as impressive off the field as he is on it. The Academic All-Canadian won the AUS conference major award for Community Service.

He was a book-end of a dynamic Offensive Line that led the CIS in rushing, averaging 201.4 yards per game and only gave up 10 QB sacks.

Albright was among those selected to play in the East-West Shrine Bowl.

6th Round

Matt Walker DB from UBC.

Picked from their own backyard, BC hopes Walker can transition to the pro level despite playing in only 1 game this past season for the Thunderbirds.

A workaholic that developed from a receiver to DB and to the CIS from the CJFL.

In that one game for UBC in 2012, Walker did have two solo tackles and an interception in addition to 28 yards in punt returns.

7th Round

Cameron Thorn OL from the University of Guelph.

Was playing along the Defensive Line at University but is projected to be an Offensive Lineman at the CFL level.

Had decent stats in his last season with Guelph, finishing with 29 tackles and one sack with 2 pass deflections.

He will make an athletic OL, much like Steward, and could see some special teams action as he can block but is fast enough to cover the punt or long Field Goal attempts. A real sore spot for the Lions in 2012.

Thanks to all for following me on Twitter, the draft is always a time of great emotion, anticipation, and celebration.

Glad you could take the time to share it with me. Step one is in the books for these young lads.  Step two comes in June; making the team. Good Luck.

Cheers, The Bartender


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