What Should Wally Do
With a slew of roster changes made this offseason, BC Lions General Manager Wally Buono has made some big, bold moves to our beloved ball club. He has let go of some seasoned big-time talent and extended contracts to his new corps of players. Travis Lulay, Andrew Harris and Adam Bighill are players that will be operating under new deals.
Buono has also brought in some little known talent to fill out the depth at quarterback and O-Line, but he is still a few players removed from bringing in a full squad to the upcoming training camp in Kamloops.
So to fill in the gaps, Buono loves to build through the draft. Here’s what I still think needs to be addressed.
Now is time to draft a true center, but with all the top prospects being either Tackles or Guards, the Leos may try to convert one into a center. If that’s the case, look for them to select Corey Watman, a guard from the University of Eastern Michigan or Brett Jones, another guard from the University of Regina.
BC will definitely be in the mix to pick up University of Calgary’s top rusher Steven Lumbala. The dual-threat Canadian running back has a similar playing style to BC’s Harris. With the CFL draft extended to seven rounds, I could see the Lions taking another rusher later in the day.
The deepest group in the draft is possibly even the group with the fewest question marks too. If any of the top choices are still available in the second round, look for BC to add in this department.
With the departures of Cauchy Muamba and Byron Parker, the Lions still have holes to fill at safety and corner. I wouldn’t be shocked if the Lions went with rising prospect Chris Robertson from Concordia University, the fastest player in this year’s draft.
As we’ve seen in the past, Wally is prone to making draft day deals and I suspect that this year will be the same. But instead of moving up, I can see scenarios where the Lions could shift back in the selection process to pick up talent on another team’s roster. I can also envision the GM to offer a package of picks to go after the number 1 or 2 spots from Hamilton or Winnipeg respectively.
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Cheers, The Bartender