ESKS BEAT THE DRUM IN FIRST MEXICAN DRAFT
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.