Prior to Sunday’s CFL Draft, many mock drafts had University of Regina Rams offensive lineman Jeremy Zver going somewhere in the 3rd or 4th round. That wasn’t the case.
With the 16th pick overall, the 6 foot 4, 300 pound Zver was taken by the BC Lions.
Zver said he was shocked to get a call from the Lions saying he never really had many conversations with them prior to, and after the combine leading up to the draft.
“I was definitely surprised to hear from them,” Zver said. “The only guy I spoke to from their team was offensive line coach Dan Dorazio who talked to me after one of my drills at the combine, but I know our offensive line coach (Sheldon Neald) is a good friend of Dorazio’s, so I’m sure he had some good things to say about me.
Zver, who started his athletics career with the University as a member of the mens basketball team, says there was one thing he wanted to do when the phone rang saying he was about to have a shot at continuing his football career in the CFL.
“I just wanted to make sure I didn’t sound like an idiot or say anything that might give them the wrong perception, “Zver admitted. ” I just wanted to be calm, cool and collected and savour the moment. It was a sigh of relief to get that call.”
Zver says it will be a crazy month waiting to go to main camp with the Lions as he mentally prepares himself for the next level.
Head Coach Steve Bryce is confident Zver can succeed at the next level. Bryce says he has only coached Zver for one season, but he could see what type of player he was and will be.
“I saw the raw material he has, and I think he can continue to develop.” Bryce said. “I think he is going to be something special.”
Bryce adds the drafting of Zver and receiver Mitch Picton, who went in the 5th round to the Riders, is nothing but good for the program as players he attempts to recruit see dreams of playing in the CFL or NFL can happen through the Rams.