Thursday, May 26, 2011

CFL draft live pick tracker and analysis (Rounds 1-2)

Today's CFL draft could be a fascinating one. There probably isn't going to be a lot of suspense around the first pick, as it seems pretty clear that Winnipeg Blue Bombers general manager Joe Mack (pictured above) has already decided to take St. Francis Xavier linebacker Henoc Muamba (the reigning President's Trophy winner as the top non-lineman on defence in CIS), but much of the rest of the first round is up in the air. There are plenty of quality players out there, but this draft class might be a bit top-heavy, so there may be an extra focus on trying to grab players early on. That could lead to some draft-day trades, as there have been plenty of reports of teams like Edmonton (with the second pick) and Winnipeg (with the fourth pick) trying to move down and other teams like Toronto (without a first-rounder thanks to the Steven Jyles trade) trying to move up. Things are also further complicated by the potential NFL interest in many players, which could lead to a repeat of the Danny Watkins situation.

Given all those factors, it should be a particularly intriguing draft.The first two rounds will be televised on TSN beginning at 12:30 p.m. Eastern, and I'll be detailing the picks in those rounds here with some analysis. Rounds three through six will be webcast on; I'll have a piece later today with coverage of the most interesting selections from those rounds as well. Drop into the live blog after the jump to catch analysis of each pick and add your thoughts!

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