The point is the obvious insofar as Williams being from the GTA goes, but also keep in mind how historic it would be (relatively speaking, it is just sports, peeps) if an OUA school has a player taken with the first pick. It hasn't happened in quite a while. The league has been shut out in the first round the past two years.
Canada West has accounted for the No. 1 pick the past three years. The QUFL had it in 2002 and '05 (both from Laval), sandwiched around Saint Mary's Steve Morley in 2003.
The highest an OUA player has been taken in the past 12 years is No. 2 overall (2006, when McMaster's Jason Pottinger, Western's Andy Fantuz out of Western and York's Ricky Foley went 2-3-4; thanks DDS). With Guelph kicker Rob Maver rated sixth and Laurier cornerback Taurean Allen rated eighth, there is a chance of three OUA first-rounders again. The league is on the way up, although yes,Williams' University of Houston's ties should not be discounted.
Here are the first selections out of the OUA the past 10 years:
- 2009: Dee Sterling, DT, Queen's, second round, 12th overall to Edmonton;
- 2008: Mike Bradwell, REC, McMaster, second round, 13th overall to Toronto;
- 2007: Justin Phillips, DE, Laurier, fifth overall to Calgary;
- 2006: Jason Pottinger, LB, McMaster, second overall to B.C.;
- 2005: Matt O'Meara, OL, McMaster, third overall to Saskatchewan;
- 2004: David Azzi, WR, Ottawa, third overall to Ottawa;
- 2003: Kojo Aidoo, FB, McMaster, second round, 10th overall to Edmonton;
- 2002: Brian Nugent, WR, York, ninth overall to Calgary;
- 2001: Ryan Donnelly, G, McMaster, fourth round, 28th overall to Hamilton;
- 2000: Tim Bakker, C, Western, third overall to Edmonton.