by Staff Writer – Jason Langvee
Now that the 2013 Dispersal draft has come and gone, let’s take a closer look at just who Ottawa had their eyes on in creating the foundation for the REDBLACKS:
- Kevin was initially signed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2001 and has since played with several teams, including: Winnipeg, Hamilton, and most recently, Calgary. In 2012, he led the Stampeders to the 100th Grey Cup. Kevin now sits 11th among all CFL quarterbacks for all-time passing yards, with 38,000 and counting!
- Awards: 2007 Division All Star, 2007 Division Most Outstanding Player, 2011 Tom Pate Award
- Upon graduating from Old Dominion University, where he amassed 5,732 yards as starting quarterback, Thomas signed with the BC Lions in May of 2012. Thomas has steadily seen his role expand in the CFL, where in 2013 he briefly became the starter in BC, with Lulay out due to injury. DeMarco turned heads and finished the season with 1,325 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and 8 interceptions.
- Moton was signed by Winnipeg in 2010 where he collected 7 defensive tackles and was part of the defensive line with the most sacks in the CFL. In 2011, the newly acquired Alouette had a breakout season with 17 defensive tackles and 4 sacks. Hopkins was forced to stay off the gridiron in 2012. He was cleared to play in 2013 and has begun to work his way back in to fighting-form.
- A 6-foot-3, 305-pound product of South Carolina State, Lee attended training camp with the Cleveland Browns in 2008 before spending the remainder of that season on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ practice squad. Lee remained on NFL practice squads until 2012. James signed with the Roughriders in October of this season before being activated for their game Nov. 2 against Edmonton.
- Miles, who was born in Atlanta, had a strong career at North Carolina A&T, where he shares the all-time record for receptions (172) and holds single-season records for receptions (70) and receiving yards (1,048), while piling up 2,238 yards and 12 touchdowns during 4 seasons. Miles attended training camp with the Detroit Lions, before joining Winnipeg in October of 2013.
- In 2010, Mitchell was selected in the sixth round (177th overall) of the NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He also spent time with the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A three-year letterman at the University of South Florida (2007-09), he recorded 105 receptions for 1,648 yards and nine touchdowns. In 2009, Mitchell set a new school record for single-season receiving yards with 706.
- In 2010, Walker rushed for 891 yards, scoring 14 touchdowns in 13 games for the University of Sioux Falls, which plays in the lower-tier NAIA. Reportedly running a 4.28-second 40-yard dash at a 2012 off-season workout, Walker was signed as a prospect by Hamilton in 2012. He finished his rookie season with 656 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns. Walker was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica and has spent 2 seasons in the CFL.
- Jonathan joined the South Carolina Gamecock’s in January of 2007 and played in all 12 games in the fall (started three). From the defensive line, he recorded 13 total tackles which included 9 solo stops in his first season with South Carolina. After completing his collegiate career at South Carolina, Jonathan made his professional debut with the CFL’s BC Lions in the 2009 season. Williams spent 2011 and 2012 in the AFL with the Spokane Shock before returning to the CFL in 2013, where he was signed by Toronto.
- Albright was drafted 42nd overall in the 2013 CFL Draft by the BC Lions and signed with the club on May 27, 2013. He played CIS football for the Saint Mary’s Huskies. Winner of the Russ Jackson award in 2012, presented to the player best exemplifying the attributes of academic achievement, football skill & citizenship, Albright played tackle for the Huskies and was named a conference all-star in 2012. His offensive line with the Huskies gave up just 10 sacks in 8 games and averaged a league best 201.4 yards a game.
- Deane spent his collegiate career with Michigan State, where in his senior year; started all 13 games at right tackle, and twice was named the Spartans’ offensive lineman of the week. The Spartans were 11-2 and earned a trip to the Capital One Bowl. Deane was acquired by the Calgary Stampeders in 2011, and got his first start on July 1st of 2011. J’Michael is now moving into his 4th year as offensive line in the CFL.
- Delahunt is from Ottawa and he’s listed as six-foot-three, 243 pounds. He had 18 catches for 223 yards in 2012, his final season with UConn. John just completed his first season after signing with Hamilton as a free agent, catching nine passes for 104 yards and 2 touchdowns.
- Joe was selected 2nd overall in 2010 by the Toronto Argonauts. Joe has been an active member in the Toronto community getting involved with the Argos’ Huddle Up Bullying Prevention Program, Kids Help Phone, and making other community appearances. He is also the founder of Big Joe’s Little Giants, his own charity that works with youth.
- James played his collegiate career with the Calgary Dinos of the CIS. Green was drafted by the Toronto Argonauts in the third round of the 2009 CFL Draft. James was ultimately acquired by Winnipeg in 2010 with whom he has remained since. He has largely become known for his special teams play, however, he has also been listed as a safety as well as fullback.
- Alex was drafted 27th overall by the Roughriders in the 2011 CFL Draft and signed with the team on June 1, 2011. Since signing, the 6’3”, 290 lb. lineman has seen responsibilities as a center as well as long-snapper in Saskatchewan, and most recently in Edmonton for the 2013 season.
- Lavoie was drafted 11th overall by the Montreal Alouettes in the 2012 CFL Draft. The Sainte-Flavie, QC, native was named the Alouettes Rookie of the year in 2012 after hauling in 33 catches for 307 yards while adding four touchdowns to the mix. He was the Alouettes first pick (11th total) in the 2012 CFL Canadian Draft.
- Nicknamed ‘Sholo’, Keith was selected by the Riders in the 1st round (4th overall) in the 2008 CFL Canadian Draft. After a brief stint in the NFL (with San Diego), Shologan returned to the CFL. To date, Keith has recorded 107 tackles and 11 sacks in the CFL. 2013 looks to be a big season for the 6-year vet as he and the Roughriders look to compete for the 101st Grey Cup in Regina.
- The Simon Fraser University product is 6.03, 245lbs and is from Toronto, Ontario. In 2011, he was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year, after finishing third in the GNAC conference with 10 sacks and was among the top-10 in total tackles with 66. The Edmonton Eskimos have selected defensive lineman Capicciotti 14th overall in the 2012 CFL Canadian Draft.
- Evans dressed for eight regular-season games in 2013 and recorded one tackle and one sack. The former member of the PFC’s Regina Thunder played in eight games in 2012, his first season in the CFL.
- Fraser played his collegiate career as safety for the Central Michigan University Chippewas of the Mid-American Conference. He was drafted by the Calgary Stampeders as the eighth overall selection and the Stampeders first selection in the first round of the 2009 CFL Draft. The young safety has amassed 108 tackles, 37 special teams tackles, and 3 sacks in his 4 years in the CFL.
- Marwan Hage has established himself as one of the Canadian Football Leagues’ premier offensive lineman throughout his 10 year career. Marwan has been named a CFL All-Star, an East Division All-Star twice and a CFLPA All-Star four times. In 2010, the Colorado product was a finalist for the CFL’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award. A staple in the Hamilton community, Hage created his nationally-recognized Hage’s Heroes community program in 2007. Hage was honoured with the CFL’s Tom Pate Memorial Award in 2009 in acknowledgment of his selfless efforts off of the field
- Rory was signed by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on March 23rd, 2012 after making a huge impression on the coaching staff in training camp. In his rookie season, Kohlert started several games and ultimately received for 148 yards over 10 catches. He earned his first CFL touchdown on Oct. 8, 2012 against the Montreal Alouettes.
- Going undrafted out of Simon Fraser University, Marshall signed on with the Calgary Stampeders as a free agent on April 25, 2013. The 6’3”, 242 lb. 23 year old moved to the BC practice roster in 2013, where he continues to hone his skills as a defensive tackle.
- Verdone was drafted in the fifth round, 37th overall by the BC Lions in the 2012 CFL Draft and after returning to school that year, he signed with the Alouettes for the 2013 season and made their opening day roster. He played CIS football for the Calgary Dinos following a two-year stint with the Waterloo Warriors.
- Jason was selected in the 1st round (2nd overall) by the B.C. Lions in the 2006 CFL Canadian Draft. To date, Jason has accumulated 176 tackles, 96 special teams tackles, 6 sacks and 3 forced fumbles in the CFL. Jason has been a part of two Grey Cup Championship teams – (2006 B.C. Lions and 2012 Toronto Argonauts).
Although these 24 players represent but a fraction of the final roster Ottawa will field in 2014, it is clear that the REDBLACKS came into this draft with a few philosophies in mind; youth, CFL experience, and selection based on talent rather than filling a depth chart of various positions (having selected 3-4 fullbacks). Many critics have already stated that there were a few things that could have been done differently, namely; acquiring a kicker. However, it is clear that with the talent Ottawa is now playing with, they have a very good chance at being competitive right out of the gates in 2014.
*Please note that information was pulled from a variety of sources