What do these names have in common:
8 of those players wound up on 2009 playoff teams.Jonathon Hefney (DB - WPG) - Detroit Lions
Dudley Guice Jr. (WR - WPG) - Indianapolis Colts
Derrick Doggett (LB - WPG) - Pittsburgh Steelers
Titus Ryan (WR - WPG) - Dallas Cowboys
Pat MacDonald (LS - WPG) - Seattle Seahawks
Rolly Lumbala (FB - BC) - Miami Dolphins
Ryan Grice-Mullen (WR - BC) - Miami Dolphins
Martell Mallett (RB - BC) - Philidelphia Eagles
Ricky Foley (DE - BC) - Seattle Seahawks
Larry Taylor (WR - MTL) - New York Jets
SJ Green (WR - MTL) - New York Jets
Walter Curry (DT - TOR) - Jacksonville Jaguars
Justin Medlock (K/P - TOR) - Washington Redskins
John Chick (DE - SSK) - Indianapolis Colts
Stevie Baggs (DE - SSK) - Arizona Cardinals
Renauld Williams (LB - SSK) - Pittsburgh Steelers
Bo Smith (DB - HAM) - New York Jets
Dmitri Tsoumpas (OL - CGY) Miami Dolphins
Larry Taylor, Dimitri Tsoumpas, Stevie Baggs, Jonathon Hefney, John Chick, Martell Mallet were all CFL all stars and Ricky Foley was the MVP among Canadians or 7 of the 18 players that were signed were the upper echelon of the the CFL.
Aside from all being succssful CFL players, they also are going to teams that are in the "Top 8", at least some of the good ones are:
John Chick-CFL DPOY-Colts, they cannot sign FA's unless they lose a UFA and even then, the contract must be for less than 4.95 million or so, the Colts Bill Pollian imho is the best GM in the NFL for finding gems and turning them into starters, Chick had washed out with the Texans in 06, went the CFL and remade himself.
The Colts have added 3 CFLers, in Chick, Giguere and Dudley Guice.
Larry Taylor-Jets-CFL Special Teams all star for two years in a row, the Jets are in that T8 group that have to scrounge around for talent especially with L Washington's broken leg.
Skyler Greene-one time Ireland draftee in Dallas he also returns kicks.
Bo Smith-he never stood out to me while watching the CFL games this year.
Dolphins-signed three players,after last yr's Cam Wake and T George, this year Tsoumpas, Ryan Mullens and Rory Lumbala.
Steelers-hit a home run with Stefan Logan last season, he set a Steelers all time return yardage record, he is supposedly not as fast as Ryan Grice Mullens, Renauld Williams will take a shot at being Lb depth, Derrick Dogget is a undersized Lb who really doesn't have a role, but the Steelers are one of the best run franchises in the NFL, if he has the talent to stick they will find a job for him to do, it wouldn't surprise to see him at Free Safety in the preseason.
Cardinals-Stevie Baggs, he was John Chick's running mate for the Sk Roughriders, reminds a bit of Austen Lane/Brandon Lang, a tall athlete who moves well.
Seahawks-Pete Carrol signed two CFLers, McDonald a long snapper and Ricky Foley who tied for the CFL lead in sacks with 12 and was voted the most outstanding Canadian, Foley, who I've followed, was used more like a traditional NFL OLB, they ran stunts with him and dropped him back into coverage, he is a good athlete who should make an impact on Special Teams at the least.
Lions-John Hefney, he played well as a rookie Cb in the CFL, he lacks size but has good quickness with the depleted Lions Db's he has a good shot of sticking on a NFL roster.
Eagles-Martell Mallet-ROY type, nice speed, nice hands, but his straight up and down running style may not last very long in the NFL.
Colts-A-Chick is a good NFL prospect and Guice and Giguere give the Colts good depth at Wr, Giguere in particular is immensely physically talented with a top vertical leap at the 08 Combine
Jets-B-Painful to say, but the two themes that dominate the new CFL to NFL jumpers are "Cameron Wake and Stefan Logan" there are no Wake's this year, but Larry Taylor is every bit the kick returner that Stefan Logan is.
Dolphins-B minus-Dimitri Tsoumpas was a Day 1 starter in the CFL, but CFL to NFL jumps by Olinemen are rare, Ryan Grice Mullens has 4.36 speed, but inconsistent hands as a WR, Lumbala could be camp fodder, he has a nice frame at 6'2, but Lou Polite is a All Pro caliber FB and Lumbala is no Mike Sellers in the blocking dept or in the knowledge of offenses dept, at least so far, otherwise he could be a nice HBack type.
Seahawks-B-Ricky Foley fielded offers from the Rams and Eagles but chose Seattle a college decathlete he was a threat to win shotput events while at York and he ran a 4.53 40, at worst Pete Caroll added a experienced Special Teams player at best he landed a nice situational passrusher for a relatively inexpensive CFL sized signing bonus. Longsnapper McDonald has to win a job.
Cardinals-C-Stevie Baggs has to convert to OLB which places a large roadblock in his road to being a rotational player, interestingly enough, the Cards place a value on Special Teams players so he will at least get a serious look in Traning Camp.
Best of the Rest-Titus Ryan has plenty of speed but will need a lights out Camp to make the Cowboys roster, the Jags are set at DT so Curry will also need help, Dogget and Williams could be camp bodies at best, and Medlock will compete for the Kicking job in DC.
There are no Cameron Wake's this year, Baggs could be something, Ricky Foley could be a David Bowens type of OLB/ST player but the real action is at KR, Taylor, Green, Grice Mullens, Titus Ryan, any one of those players could be appearing on ESPN highlights in 2010.
Martell Mallet is a sleeper, if he had went to a different team than the Eagles that is, where McCoy will be the lead back in the rotation, Mallet has long odds at making the team and seeing playing time.