No, this isn’t a gimmick. And yes, he can actually play.
The Philadelphia Eagles will be hosting Canadian offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif for a workout sometime in the next few days, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan:
#Eagles are scheduled to work out G/T Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (McGill) today or Tuesday.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) April 7, 2014
Duvernay-Tardif, who attended McGill University in Canada’s Quebec province, measures in at 6’5″ and 321 pounds. He’s the top-rated prospect in the CFL draft, and he’ll likely hear his name called at some point during the NFL draft.
Here’s Duvernay-Tardif’s scouting report and analysis courtesy of NFL.com:
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.
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.
He seems like a versatile player, someone who head coach Chip Kelly would certainly welcome.
Not only did Duvernay-Tardif excel on the football field, but he was also a med student while at McGill. It was one of the best medical schools in Canada, so you know this is one smart dude.
By the way, the whole Canadian med student thing was a joke. This kid can play. But it made you click the link!