Over the past week we have been treated as CFL fans with the true preliminary-start to the 2015 season coming by way of the CFL Draft. On the heels of a very exciting event, we asked you “Which #CFLDraft picks will make the quickest impact for their new teams?” Although the voting was close, Winnipeg ultimately took the most votes with 27% of the overall ballots.
Let us break down who Winnipeg’s top-3 picks were, and why they might be the best selections as a group this season.
Sukh Chungh – Let’s start with the obvious statistics: 6’4”, 300lbs, Offensive Lineman for the University of Calgary Dinos. Sukh saw his stock rise steadily as the draft process went on, so much so that Duane Forde actually had him picked as his #1 pick the day before the draft. Chungh comes to the league ready to be inserted into the lineup, which was undoubtedly a huge up-side in Winnipeg’s eyes. Physically and mentally, it appears as though this 2nd overall CFL Draft pick is ready to make his transition to professional football with his first crack at it.
Addison Richards – The Wide Receiver out of the Regina football program certainly has the physical intangibles to succeed at the pro-level. At 6’5” and 205 lbs, the 21-year old has enjoyed a lot of success at the collegiate level. In 2014, Richards hauled in 55 passes to the tune of 916 yards for Regina, which went quite nicely with his 6 majors as a senior. Richards comes in behind Canadian receivers: Rory Kohlert, and Julian Feoli-Gudino, which adds depth at the National receiver designation for the Bombers.
Brendan Morgan – Among the 2015 draft picks, there were few as versatile as Morgan who split his time as both running back, and defensive back for the Queen’s Gaels. At the CFL Combine, Morgan posted very good testing numbers (6th overall in the 40-yard dash, the vertical jump, the broad jump and in the shuttle drill), only to outshine himself in the 1-on-1’s where he reportedly exhibited very refined football skills that eventually earned him a spot in Winnipeg’s locker room.