Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OT

School: McGill  |  Conference: null
Hometown: St. Hilaire, QC, Canada
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 298 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Player Overview

Duvernay-Tardif, who is the projected No. 1 overall pick in the CFL Draft, arrived at McGill in Montreal as a 250-pound defensive tackle, starting three games as a true freshman.

The coaching staff moved him to the offensive side of the ball in 2011 as a sophomore, and he started all 26 games at tackle the past three seasons, seeing time at both left and right tackle.

Duvernay-Tardif was a senior captain and two-time All-Canadian, earning the Metras trophy in 2013 as the most outstanding lineman in CIS football. He is a quick-footed, flexible blocker with intriguing upside and smarts. He earned a 3.92 GPA in medical school and is one year away from graduating (plans to finish his degree while playing professional football).

Duvernay-Tardif's first language is French, but he is well-versed in English as well, and has a versatile skill-set that projects well to any spot on the offensive line. He looks like a lump of clay ready to be groomed.

His technique and instincts are a work in progress and will require patience, but he's a quick study with the tools to be an intriguing developmental prospect. Duvernay-Tardif (pronounced loh-RON DOO-VER-nay-TAR-dif) requires time, but has the reliable football intangibles, pedigree and skills to eventually start in the NFL.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Coordinated athlete with flexibility to consistently bend at the knees and sink his butt. Quick feet and an easy mover to mirror and adjust on the fly. Good technique off the snap and understands leverage, using his balanced hips and weight distribution to take on blocks.

Has added 60-plus pounds over the last four years, working hard in the weight room to fill out his frame with good muscle. Strength translates well to the field. Big hands with a fighting temperament to engage at the point of attack in the run game. Adequate length (33-inch arms).

Focused and locked in on the field with quick reflexes and finish through the whistle. Very high character on the field and off with a coachable, committed work ethic. Prepares extremely well and puts in the time off the field. Intelligent student of the game and a quick learner. Tough and durable. Versatile experience, playing at left and right tackle in college.

WEAKNESSES: Frame is near maxed out and lacks an imposing build. Fundamentals tend to break down after his initial set with wild hands, overextending and lunging. Struggles with counter moves and needs to improve his anticipation and recognition skills.

Instincts are very green. Too much of a catch blocker at times in pass protection and needs to be more forceful with his upper body limbs. Large jump in competition from McGill to the NFL and will need time to adjust to the pro game. Needs more seasoning. Minor durability concerns, playing through a shoulder and ankle injury in 2013.

--Dane Brugler

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