Noah Picton’s contract with the Toronto Argonauts definitely got my attention.
It is a three-year deal for the University of Regina Rams quarterback, who broke the U SPORTS passing mark this season before a foot injury ended his season prematurely.
Picton impresses scouts with his arm strength, awareness and natural instinct in the pocket. Where he doesn’t impress them is his stature.
Picton is a few inches short of six feet tall, which has become almost bare minimum for the quarterback position.
But what Picton lacks in size, he makes up for with his ability to find open receivers and be extremely accurate.
Picton spent training camp in Toronto learning from Ricky Ray and former coach Marc Trestman and clearly General Manager Jim Popp was impressed or it would have been a two-year deal, rather than adding an extra year.
And it’s what a quarterback like Picton needs… time.
Too often Canadian quarterbacks come in for camp and get cut, or told to switch to receiver. If Picton is groomed well, who knows what could happen for him in the pros, playing rules and on a field he’s excelled in from a very young age.