Photo of Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
Drafted By: Chiefs
Grade
5.48 ?

Draft Analysis:

"(At McGill's pro day) Duvernay-Tardif measured 6-foot-5, 298 pounds, which was 23 pounds less than his weight at the East-West Shrine Game. He's a medical student, and he said he thought he lost the weight because he was so busy studying for his classes. At his pro day, Duvernay-Tardif ran the 40 in 4.94 and 5.08 seconds. He had a 31 1/2-inch vertical and a 9-6 broad jump. He ran the three-cone drill in 7.30 seconds and had 33 bench-press reps. Duvernay-Tardif was not at the combine, but those numbers were as good as any offensive linemen there, including Taylor Lewan." -- Gil Brandt

  • 6'5" Height
  • 321LBS. Weight

Overview

Quebec native. Played as a defensive lineman in 2010, starting three of six games played. Converted to offensive tackle and started all 26 games from 2011-13. Two-time team captain bulked up approximately 65 pounds since his freshman season. Won the prestigious J.P. Metras Trophy as the most outstanding lineman in Canada (CIS). Also received the Forbes Trophy as McGill University’s male athlete of the year. Honored with McGill University's 1938 Champions Award for combining leadership with athletic prowess and academic excellence. Has designs on being a doctor; maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA in the faculty of medicine, and the coaching staff reduced his practice commitments in order to accommodate his stringent academic workload. Is rated as the top prospect in the 2014 Canadian Football League draft, according to the CFL Scouting Bureau. Participated in the East-West Shrine Game.

Analysis

Strengths

Looks the part with outstanding upper-body strength and massive quads. Stout anchor in pass protection. Violent shock in his punch. Plays with a nasty temperament and seeks to bury defenders into the ground. Aggressive run blocker -- runs his feet on contact and plays beyond the whistle. Is physically and mentally tough and will play through pain (fought through a torn left labrum injury as a senior and never took himself out of a game or missed time). Highly intelligent (in medical program) and football smart. Can take concepts from the board to the field.

Weaknesses

Raw technician. Lunges overagressively and loses positioning. Can learn to play under more control and take better angles. Average recovery speed vs. inside counters. Lets defenders into his body and does not replace his hands -- slow to reload after initial strike (though he was playing through a shoulder injury). Will need to adjust to playing a yard off the ball (Canadian rules) and getting into blocks more quickly.

Draft Projection

Rounds 3-4

Bottom Line

Tough, gritty, smart battler who transformed from an impactful 250-pound three-technique as a freshman. Made a successful conversion to left tackle as a sophomore and has grown to be a dominating Canadian 315-pound left tackle expected to be the first pick of the CFL draft. Projects best inside in the pros and could prove to be the best product delivered from Canada's developmental system since Israel Idonije. Will require refinement, but has the physical tools and temperament that cannot be taught.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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