The CFL draft happens Thursday.
University of Regina Rams quarterback Noah Picton is hoping his phone will ring with some team telling him he has an opportunity at being a CFL’er, but he is also remaining realistic that it could not happen because of his birth certificate.
Many Canadian quarterbacks have been snubbed over recent years as CFL teams would rather have an American than a Canadian at the game’s most important position. Picton is fully aware of that, but the 2016 Hec Crighton Trophy winner (Canadian University Football MVP) feels his resume is one that should have him be drafted or at least able for him to sign with a club after the draft if not taken.
“At the end of the day, I think I will get an opportunity.” Picton said. “At the end of the day, we will see what happens, but I think I have put in the work that is needed and deserve a shot.”
As for what draft day holds for him, he says he isn’t going to get too worked up about what might or might not happen.
“I’ll get out of the house for a while and hang out with some friends—nothing out of the ordinary.” Picton said. “I’ll wait by the phone a little later in the evening and see what comes of it.”
Picton has one year left of eligibility with the Rams and if he comes back, he is hoping to make it a memorable one.
He is already the all-time leading passer in Canada West with 9,840 yards and is just under 1,700 yards away from becoming the all-time leader in USports Canada football,
He is also 11 touchdowns away from the Canada West record for most touchdowns thrown which would break the record of former Rams QB Teale Orban and 22 away from being the most prolific touchdown passer in Canadian University football history.
Picton is one of three Rams who could be taken on draft day. The others are running back Atlee Simon and linebacker Danny Nesbitt.