Alouettes’ plan is clear in the draft: ‘Local purchasing’ is the priority

MONTREAL – On the eve of the Canadian Football League draft, the Montreal Alouettes’ plan was clear: for equal talent, local talent would be favored.

And for Director-General Danny Macciusia, the Montreal organization need not be embarrassed to do so.

People say we prioritize local players. We are prioritizing them because we think they are very good,” he said during a video conference last week. Since 2009, with the exception of two seasons, the RSEQ team has always reached the final of the Vanier Cup. Our philosophy is always to choose the best player available. But with equal talents, we prefer ‘Local Buying’.

“There are great talents here,” Makusia continued. More and more Quebec players are getting scholarships to study in the United States. For two or three years, many guys left at the end of high school to join American middle schools.

Maciocia points out that the first evaluation criterion would certainly be talent. He would not leave aside a player from elsewhere in the country to make way for a less talented Quebec player. However, he said he was surprised that the Alouettes’ philosophy of betting on local players was not the norm in all markets at Ambrosie.

“I don’t understand why it wouldn’t be viable in all markets to buy locally. The pride in wearing your favorite team’s shirt is indescribable. If you take our example here: everyone has seen Anthony Calvillo play. So once these (local) players finish their first decade, Our chances of keeping them here are higher than those of a player from the west of the country, for example.

“And I hope the reality is the same for all markets in the league. So I think this has to be taken into account. I repeat myself: for equal talent, we buy locally, but when we make our rosters next Tuesday, talent and that aspect will be discussed,” he recalls.

Maciocia also listed a very specific case where the geographical aspect weighed in the balance in terms of employment.

“I won’t give a name, but there was a young player from the west of the country who we were very interested in. An engineer by training like his father, he dreamed of working with him. We asked ourselves: Are we hunting this young man? Why would he stay with us for so long, while he might find himself a club in the West after His first contract and working as an engineer at the same time? You have to think about it when the time comes to choose this type of player,” Macciusia explained.


Maciocia came to head the Alouettes’ football operations after leading the Université de Montréal Carabins for many years, which he feels gives him an advantage over his CFL teammates. When it comes time to evaluate the players from the Quebec network.

“It’s a huge advantage, which I may still have for a few years,” he said. Even if they didn’t come to play at the University of Montreal, I found myself in their living room, around the dinner table, talking to their parents, so I know them. Allows me to see how they have progressed. It was also an advantage during the pandemic, when we couldn’t see them playing. I knew them.”

Of course, the goal for Maciocia and his squad will be to pick the best players available starting at 8pm on Tuesday. The Alouettes are fourth in this first round. They will also pick at ranks 13, 24, 33, 42, 51, 60 and 69.

Three Quebecers are among the top 20 prospects selected by the CFL for this draft: defensive linebacker Enock Makonzo (8th, Coastal Carolina University), wide receiver Samuel Émilius (11th, Louisiana Tech University), plus offensive lineman Cyrille Hogan- Seindon (18, Laval University).

Here is a list of the top 20 prospects compiled by the Canadian League Recruitment Office:

1. John Mitchie III | re | University of Alabama | Brampton, Ontario

2. Jesse Lucetta | dry | Pennsylvania State University | Ottawa, ON

3. Terrell Richards | dry | Syracuse University | Brampton, Ontario

4. Trey Ford | Q&A | University of Waterloo | Niagara Falls, Ontario

5. Galen Philpott | re | University of Calgary | Delta, British Columbia

6. Tyson Philpott | re | University of Calgary | Delta, British Columbia

7. Dune’s Knight | LD | Western University | Ajax, ON

8. Enoch Makonzo | DD | Coastal Carolina University | Lashin, Quality Control

9 Terrell Ford | DD | University of Waterloo | Niagara Falls, Ontario

10.) Noah Zeer | lo | University of Saskatchewan | Langenburg, S.K.

11- Samuel Amilos | re | Louisiana Tech University | Montreal, QC

12. Daniel Adeboboy | Is | Bryant University | Toronto, ON

13. Rodim Brown | lo | University of Alberta | Halifax, NS

14. Zack Fry | lo | Western University | London, ON

15. Zach Pelehouse | lo | University of Ottawa | Jananuk, ON

16. Peter Kozochka | lo | University of Alberta | Yorkton, S.K.

17. Anthony Federico | LD | Queen’s University | Niagara Falls, Ontario

18. Cyril Hogan Singdon | lo | Laval University | Quebec, QC

19. Gregor McKellar | lo | Saint Francis Xavier University | Timberlia, N.S.

20. Nathan Sherry | LD | University of Saskatchewan | Saskatoon, SK

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