May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell begins the draft and puts the Houston Texans on the clock at the start of the 2014 NFL draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Kansas City Chiefs Draft Grades: Laurent Duvernay-Tardif


Here is what I know about Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who is an offensive tackle from McGill: He’s Canadian and he’s really freaking smart.

Here are a few clippings on what I’ve found out about him on the internet.

Duvernay-Tardif is only the second McGill player to be taken after Randy Chevrier, a defensive lineman/long snapper with the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders, went in the seventh round to the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2001.

Duvernay-Tardif was twice an All-Canadian at McGill and last year was named Canadian university football’s top lineman. A medical student, Duvernay-Tardif was also named as the CFL scouting bureau’s top prospect for the league’s draft Tuesday night.

Duvernay-Tardif, a converted defensive lineman, has been firmly entrenched atop the CFL central scouting bureau’s list of the top-15 prospects for this year’s draft but his NFL stock skyrocketed following his pro day in Montreal in March.

You can learn more about Laurent Duvernay-Tardif at his personal website.

People seem to be really high on “LDT.” There were a few tweets immediately after the pick that suggested LDT will be the starting right tackle for the Chiefs in the next year or two. He’s a smart kid with a physical mentality, according to scouting reports. Seems like a project in the short term, however.

I’ll give the pick a C, but I really have no idea what to think of him. What do you think, Addicts who are more informed than I am?

How would you grade the selection of Laurent Duvernay-Tardif?

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  • Jacob

    All I’m reading are good things, and I’m all for drafting 2 linemen in this draft.

    I give it an, “Eh”. Or A, in American.

  • BWrangler

    Everything that I’ve read about him is that he’s a smart, humble kid in the interviews and on the field is a monster that plays like he’s pissed off at his opponents.

  • Andy

    Saw some tape. I like the way he finishes his blocks.

  • Roger Mihalko

    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.

    Weakness’s seem like they can be coached up and he can be an impact player, maybe a starter.

    • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

      He is a project with nice upside. I would guess practice squad for him.

  • chief4ever

    B + …..Practice Squad for 2-3 months….he might help us even this year. Go Chiefs !

  • Stan Colbert

    Very talented, athletic. Dominated competition.Competition well below U.S. Division I level.

  • David Gonzales

    Coach Heck and Chung are going to love this kid. The athleticism is there and Mayock even said he can be a plug in starter. I can see him taking the RG position from Rishaw Johnson in camp.

  • Brian Dempsey

    The Chiefs carried 10 O-Lineman on their roster throughout the year. LDT isn’t going to the practice squad, because they have to try to slip him through waivers before they can put him on the practice squad and some other team could pick him up if they did that. Best thing is to keep him on the active roster and develop him. Possible starting LG in year 2.