U of R Rams quarterback Noah Picton knows he can play the CFL game if given a chance and so do many others.
Picton will have a chance to showcase his skills this weekend in front of CFL coaches and scouts at the combine in Winnipeg.
Picton, who was the Hec Crighton Trophy winner in 2016 as the best player in Canadian University football and the holder of many Canada West records entering his fifth and final year, says he hasn’t had a lot of conversations with teams heading into the combine, but that doesn’t matter.
“I haven’t spoken with too many teams, but that isn’t concerning to me,” Picton said. “I’ve had the belief from a young age that if you’re good enough, you can play at the next level so I’m not the type of guy who will knock on doors saying pick me, pick me.”
Picton is confident if given the chance he can play in the CFL.
“I think I understand the Canadian game and that is a huge advantage over some of those players coming up from the U-S.” Picton states. “I think my style of play also suits the Canadian game as is the lobbying effort by (Riders quarterback) Brandon Bridge to get other Canadian quarterbacks into the game and open the door for us. It would be a special moment to be drafted, but to look back from where I’ve come as a football player in the city to that step would be a tremendous opportunity.”
In 2017, Picton was named a first-team all-Canadian while leading Canada West in completion percentage at 68.8 percent while throwing for 2,491 yards and 19 touchdowns.