Two Gryphon linemen – Jake Piotrowski and Cam Thorn – were selected in today’s CFL draft. This is great news for the pair. While I’ve spoken of them as players with CFL potential their being drafted was never considered a sure thing by draft experts. Both had several obstacles to overcome and did it with talent and hard work.
Piotrowski had shoulder surgery last year and missed the entire 2012 season. He injured his shoulder on the first day of last spring’s East-West Bowl combine and was not invited to the CFL’s 2013 E-Camp. But seeing his potential the Montreal Alouettes used their 5th round pick to select Piotrowski. Should he crack the Alouettes roster he could be playing with another former Gryphon OT in Ryan Bomben.
Thorn on the other hand was healthy and productive during the 2012 season. But he was playing defensive tackle while CFL scouts project him as an offensive lineman. He did have the opportunity to show off his strength, athleticism and potential as an o-lineman at the CFL E-Camp back in March. I have previously written about Thorn’s E-camp invite, position change and E-camp performance. The BC Lions used their 7th round pick to select Thorn.
Jake and Cam haven’t just been teammates for the past four years as they came to Guelph together from Barrie Eastview where they played for former Gryphon All-Canadian lineman Jeremy Oxley.
The complete results of today’s CFL draft can be found at http://cfl.ca/draft
There is a story at gryphons.ca that includes a list of the CIS players drafted plus draft stats by school and conference.