Newspaper article The Canadian Press

FBO-CFL-Draft-Players-to-Watch

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

FBO-CFL-Draft-Players-to-Watch

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TORONTO - The CFL held its annual draft Tuesday night. Here are some draftees worthy of keeping an eye on:

1) Josiah St. John. The Oklahoma Sooners towering tackle was the first player selected, going to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. St. John was the top-ranked offensive lineman in what was regarded a very deep pool. The Riders, coming off a dismal 3-15 record last season, expect the six-foot-six, 309-pound native of Ajax, Ont., to compete immediately for a spot in the starting lineup. An improved offensive line is key for Saskatchewan with veteran starter Darian Durant coming off season-ending elbow and Achilles injuries the last two seasons.

2) Brian Jones. The Toronto Argonauts raised eyebrows by taking the Acadia receiver fourth overall because Jones is recovering from a broken bone in his wrist. The six-foot-four, 230-pound Nova Scotia native had 45 catches for 630 yards and four TDs last season before posting a 40-yard dash time of 4.69 seconds at the CFL combine. He also moved up eight spots to No. 10 in the CFL Scouting Bureau's final top-20 prospects list. With the departure of veteran Chad Owens (Hamilton) and versatile Andre Durie having battled injuries the last two seasons, Jones could be a valuable insurance policy for the Argos.

3) Alex Singleton. The Montana State linebacker was touted as a potential first overall pick before pre-draft reports that the New England Patriots were interested in signing him. That didn't stop the Calgary Stampeders from taking Singleton sixth overall. The six-foot-two, 233-pound Singleton is a California native who had signed previously with Seattle, New England and Minnesota in the NFL. He became eligible for the CFL draft after becoming a Canadian citizen and is the third player selected after attending an NFL training camp. If Singleton remains in Calgary, he's expected to battle for a starting job. …

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