ESKS BEAT THE DRUM IN FIRST MEX­I­CAN DRAFT

Calgary Sun - - SPORTS - — DAN BARNES

MEX­ICO CITY — ap­par­ently, win­ning draft lot­ter­ies is an Ed­mon­ton thing that tran­scends bor­ders and sports.

The Ed­mon­ton Eski­mos won a weighted lot­tery and will select first over­all on Mon­day as Cana­dian Foot­ball League teams draft Mex­i­can univer­sity and pro­fes­sional play­ers.

The Ed­mon­ton oil­ers beat the odds in 2015 and fa­mously won the right to select star cen­tre Con­nor Mcdavid. They moved up from third over­all to first.

The Eski­mos will be fol­lowed in Mon­day’s draft by the ot­tawa red­blacks, Mon­treal alou­ettes, Toronto arg­onauts, Hamil­ton Tiger-Cats, Saskatchewan roughrid­ers, B.C. Li­ons, Win­nipeg Blue Bombers and Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers.

The arg­onauts, by virtue of fin­ish­ing ninth over­all in the 2018 reg­u­lar sea­son, had the best odds of win­ning the lot­tery, with nine balls in the draw drum. The Stam­ped­ers had just one ball. The Eski­mos beat the odds, as they had six balls in the drum to start the pro­ceed­ings on Sun­day night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel de Mex­ico.

Fol­low­ing the lot­tery, CFL gen­eral man­agers, head coaches, as­sis­tant GMs and coaches and scouts were por­ing over the re­sults of the day-long com­bine which was held at Es­ta­dio azul.

Fifty Mex­i­can play­ers un­der­went test­ing in a 225-pound bench press, stand­ing long jump, ver­ti­cal jump, cone drills and 40-yard dash.

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