Roughriders, Sask. players ready for CFL Draft

Plenty of people in Saskatchewan will be paying close attention to who is selected in today's CFL Draft.

University of Saskatchewan receiver Kit Hillis, kicker Denton Kolodzinski eligible in 2014 CFL Draft

University of Saskatchewan Huskies' receiver Kit Hillis is eligible in the 2014 CFL Draft. (Peter Mills/CBC)

While the CFL Draft doesn't have nearly as much spectacle as the recent NFL Draft, plenty of people in Saskatchewan will be paying close attention to who is selected.

The 2014 CFL starts today at 5 p.m. CST.

Two members of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies football team are hoping to hear their name called. Huskies' receiver Kit Hillis and kicker Denton Kolodzinski are both eligible in today's draft.

Huskies’ kicker Denton Kolodzinski. (Peter Mills/CBC)

Neither player is currently listed in the CFL Scouting Bureau Top 15, however, Hillis was named the No. 13 prospect in Canada in September 2013.

"It sort of blindsided me a bit," Hillis said. "But it's nice to know my name is out there in the mix with some of those guys."

Kolodzinski led the Canada West with 18 field goals last season.

Last year, two U of S Huskies were selected in the CFL Draft, including defensive lineman Levi Steinhauer, who won a Grey Cup with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. In total, 54 Huskies have been drafted in CFL history.

Three members of the University of Regina Rams are also eligible in this year's draft. Defensive lineman Micheal Dadzie and offensive lineman Kyle Paterson are hoping they showed scouts enough at the CFL Combine to be selected today. LeBoldus High School alumni Landon Buch is also eligible after his first full season as a receiver.

University of Regina Rams' receiver Landon Buch. (Peter Mills/CBC)

The Roughriders currently own six draft picks (8th, 18th, 39th, 45th, 54th, and 63rd overall).

The expansion Ottawa RedBlacks have the first overall pick in this year's draft.