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Piffles Top 5 – Riders Draft Picks Under Jeremy O’Day

Published: Saturday, Apr 27th 2024, 5:04pm

By Alex Dormuth (@RealAlexD)



We are just a few days away from the CFL Draft and as Saskatchewan Roughriders fans, finding out who will be the first few Canadian choices of the new regime with Corey Mace as Head Coach. General Manager Jeremy O’Day has made some really solid picks during his time with the Riders and I expect more of the same this upcoming Tuesday night.

Relative to where they were drafted, here’s my Top 5 Draft Picks for the Saskatchewan Roughriders since 2019, when O’Day took over as GM.


5. DB Jaxon Ford (2023, 2nd round, 11th overall)

Not only did the Riders get a local guy, Ford fit a need and immediately stepped in and played significant snaps last year as a rookie. And he’s Al Ford‘s grandson, so you know he’s going to be a good one. There’s a great chance that his second year as a Rider will have him win a starting spot in the secondary.



4. WR Kian Schaffer-Baker (2020, 4th round, 30th overall)

I want to put KSB higher on the list, because I REALLY like him and in 2022 was the Riders’ best player. His 2023 numbers were down because he missed the first half of the season following hip surgery and I fully expect him to bounce back fully in 2024. When you look at the stats, he was excellent when actually given more than 3 targets per game last year. A great find in the 4th round of a year where there was no CFL Combine and no real way to evaluate properly.


3. DL Charbel Dabire (2019, 5th round, 44th overall)

Any time you can get a contributor, even as a rotational player, in the 5th round, you did a great job. Dabire is likely in line for another rotational role in 2024, but he’s shown growth in every year as a pro and has turned into a valuable member of the Roughriders defense.


2. DB Jayden Dalke (2022, 6th round, 54th overall)

I’m a big fan of Dalke… you could say I have Big Dalke Energy! He’s shown he has the potential to be a big time player in the CFL, especially in the middle of the D. While he’s in a fight with fellow DB Jaxon Ford for a starting position, he’ll get his share of snaps again in 2024. It might suit the team better to move him to an LB spot and get him closer to the line of scrimmage, because there were some times he was beat by receivers crossing in front of him. Either way, especially for the value, he’s been a great find for O’Day and the green and white.



1. WR Samuel Emilus (2022, 1st round, 7th overall)

Sometimes the best picks you make are the ones at the top of the draft that you have to hit. Emilus has shown he is easily the best pick that O’Day has made since becoming GM of the green and white. His breakout year came last season and I don’t think anyone saw it coming. The guy is a stud and will be leaned on big time again in 2024 as the Riders WR1.


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