In the sixth round with the No. 200 overall pick in this year’s draft, the Kansas City Chiefs made a very interesting selection. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, an offensive tackle out of McGill University, was expected to be the CFL Draft’s No. 1 overall selection.
He mowed through the competition in Canada while on his way to becoming a doctor. In fact, Duvernay-Tardif was helping with a C-section during the NFL Draft. He still hasn’t finished med school, and plans on knocking out a couple months of it every year during the offseason.
Outside of that, he swears there will be nothing but dedication to the game of football. There will be a big learning curve coming from a Canadian college to the NFL, but Chiefs GM John Dorsey swears by his passion, and his intelligence should also help him pick things up quickly.
The 6-foot-5, 320-pound prospect has unquestionable athleticism. He’s been getting some work at guard early on in OTAs, which means he could compete with Jeff Linkenbach and Rishaw Johnson for the Chiefs’ open right guard spot at some point down the road.
As it stands now, he looks to be a reserve at tackle behind Eric Fisher and Donald Stephenson, but that could definitely change. His potential is huge and he’s stated that he’s willing to play any position. He still has plenty to prove, but his size, athleticism, and dedication could lead to him being one of the biggest steals of the 2014 draft.
Whether he’s an injury fill-in or he beats out other guys out for playing time, Kansas City fans will likely get to see what he’s got at some point this season. The Chiefs’ offensive line is young and inexperienced, with a couple of injury prone players.