2023-04-30 · 3 min read · CFL/Football
Lwal Uguak- Defensive lineman- TCU and Francis Bemiy- Defensive lineman- Southern Utah

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Another CFL draft is just around the corner, and for clubs like the Ottawa Redblacks, it’s a chance to turn their fortunes around as they prepare to make the first overall selection.
It will be the third CFL draft that pools all global players together after having separate drafts for Mexican and European players in 2019.
Here is a look at my draft projections for each team in the East Division and what those players could provide.
The draft goes on May 2 in Toronto.
Ottawa Redblacks- Round 1- Pick #1- Lwal Uguak- Defensive lineman- TCU
There are a variety of ways Shawn Burke and Ottawa could go with this pick, from adding receiver depth to getting a solid pass blocker, but I see them going with a pass rusher who has terrific potential in Lwal Uguak.
The Texas Christian product ran a 4.96 at the NFL combine in the 40-yard-dash with a 1.8 second 10-yard-split, and the 23-year-old of Edmonton has a lot of skills that could make him an immediate impact in the CFL.
He’s strong enough to push offensive linemen backwards, can move through blockers and is great when it comes to tracking the football.
Montreal Alouettes- Round 1- Pick #1-Francis Bemiy- Defensive lineman- Southern Utah
If you’re looking for an under-the-radar prospect with plenty of upside in the draft, Bemiy should be near the top of that list.
First, he played his high school football in Montreal, so he knows the Quebec market, but in addition to that, Bemiy has a prototypical frame which could eventually land him in the NFL, while his athletic ability and explosion off the line of scrimmage would make him an ideal fit in what new head coach Jason Maas is trying to build with the Alouettes.
In five years of college football, he made 38.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage to go along with 13 sacks, while his positional flexibility could make him a great addition to the Als defensive line.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats- Round 1-Pick #6- Cole Tucker- Receiver- Northern Illinois
In 2022 Hamilton had perhaps their roughest campaign since Orlondo Steinauer took charge but adding a receiver with the calibre of Tucker could be a great asset to veteran quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell.
Tucker is a quick, strong-handed pass catcher who is effective in the slot and good at sideline-to-sideline patterns.
He should be able to alleviate some pressure underneath and is a solid run blocker who could also help a run game that was non-existent through much of last season.
Toronto Argonauts- Round 2- Pick #16- Jeremy Murphy- Receiver- Concordia
The defending Grey Cup champions do not have a lot of holes to fill, and there are plenty of Canadians on the roster at the moment as they aim to repeat.
Murphy, however, would be a big body and another quality weapon for the much-hyped new QB Chad Kelly to throw to.
This young receiver formed an excellent one-two punch in college alongside James Tyrell, with Murphy making 34 catches for 491 yards and four touchdowns, while showing terrific breakaway speed and reliability.
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