New season, new faces?
Yet, aside from O’Dell Willis and Brandon Whitaker, the class is kind of thin, but gems are sure to be found, especially on offense where the Lions need to shore up some vacancies.
So who should the Leo’s brain trust be looking at?
Glad you asked. Here’s my quick breakdown on who would look best in orange in 2013.
The Lions were hit hard by the injury bug last season, but the offensive line came out of training camp limping, and never really gained any traction as a unit.
The Lions will definitely be looking at shoring up the interior of the by signing some non-import hoggies like Saskatchewan’s back-up Center Alexander Krausnick-Groh.
The third year O-lineman from the University of Calgary dressed for 12 games this past season.
Krausnick-Groh is 6’3” and 290lbs and could learn some valuable lessons from Lions All-Star Center Angus Reid.
The other Offensive lineman the Lions need to consider is Stampeder’s back-up Mark Dewit. Like Krausnick-Groh, Dewit is also from the University of Calgary and is entering his 6th year as a pro.
The 6’3” 306lb mauler could fill roles at both Guard positions and has even taken snaps at Center.
Along with the big boys on the line, the other offensive group that struggled with injuries was the receivers.
This lead to the emergence of new playmakers such as: Nick Moore, Ernest Jackson, and Courtney Taylor.
The big fish in free agency that would look great in the dome is Winnipeg’s Clarence Denmark.
Denmark was a CFL Rookie of the Year nominee in 2011 after posting over 800 yards receiving with 5 TD’s.
The 5’10” 185lb Slot-back has the jets to stretch any defender downfield, and would be an explosive spark that could replace both Simon and Kierrie Johnson.
The other plus in signing Denmark is that he is a legitimate kick-returner, one that could help spell off BC’s Tim Brown.
The other two positions that would need some much needed depth are Quarterback and Running Back.
With Mike Reilly being traded to Edmonton, it would be a wise move to bring in another pivot to battle Thomas DeMarco for the back-up spot behind Travis Lulay.
Running down the list of available free agents, nobody jumps off the charts, so Buono may be looking to trade for solid talent.
Running Back is a different story though.
As I alluded to in a previous article, I would like to see a stronger, thicker back to compliment Andrew Harris.
No one can replace what Harris brings, but every once in a while some straight ahead power is all you need.
A good candidate for this Montreal’s free agent Dahrran Diedrick, the 6’0” 225lb rusher out of Nebraska. A double bonus is that Diedrick is a Non-Import like Harris.
As the 2012 CFL season drew to a close one thing was for sure, the BC Lions Defence was as strong as they come, but their Offense struggled with consistency throughout the campaign.
Now with an off season filled with changes, the Lions will be looking to reload in an effort to provide some much needed point production.
And when it comes to acquiring talent, Lions fans are forever grateful that they have Buono calling the shots.
Cheers, The Bartender