Since the arrival of general manager Danny Maciocia, Alouettes’ focus has shifted to Quebec players. In the CFL Draft on Tuesday, he moved on in the same way, when he chose the offensive winger Pier-Olivier Lestage.
Maciocia and his team of recruiters maintain their index fingers, and Lestage’s overall ranking is still 10th. Their wish was largely fulfilled because Lestage signed a contract with the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks late last week.
“I feel good,” Pierre-Olivier Lestage said at a virtual press conference. I am very happy to be selected by the young team. “
As for Alouettes, Maciocia is satisfied with his choice.
He said in the press release: “We are very happy to be able to get in touch with Pier-Olivier, and he is still available in the second round.” He is a versatile player who has prepared everything for his teammates and they will be very suitable for Alouettes. . “
The 6-foot-3, 295-pound giant is in the car. Starting next week, he will travel to Seattle to participate in the first part of the training camp.
“Currently, the NFL is still my plan A. However, if Alouettes does not work in the NFL, it will be a good plan B. I think this is a win-win situation.”
Lestage’s choice is Alouettes’ future positioning. If he succeeds on the Goodall Tour, he will be able to participate in CFL games in only two or three years.
At the same time, Montreal is not bound, because if it can be proposed, they will have a solid offensive line in the 2021 election.
When Alouettes chose Lestage, no one fell from the chair. Danny Maciocia directed him to work at the University of Montreal Carabins for four seasons. He is familiar with the personal information of his former players.
“I saw it coming,” the former said. Carabins at 66. By signing a contract with the NFL, I know that I can enter the second or even third round of the game. “
Since Maciocia took office, the 23-year-old athlete has liked Alouette’s look. He is well aware of the many Quebec-flavored signs that have appeared in the past year.