Offensive tackle Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is the top-ranked player in Canada who held a workout for NFL teams last week. The KC Chiefs were one of the teams who attended the workout. I saw earlier today that the GM John Dorsey's former team, the Green Bay Packers, scheduled a visit with Duvernay-Tardif.
I thought to myself, "If the Packers are visiting with him, I bet the Chiefs are, too." And of course....
He has been projected as a mid-round pick. The Chiefs believe they have their starting tackles in Eric Fisher and Donald Stephenson. Jeff Linkenbach signed as a free agent this offseason and has some experience at tackle. The Chiefs also visited earlier this week with free agent OT Jason Fox.
In this article from his workout in Canada last week, a Packers scout is quoted is saying:
"The most impressive was the way he moved around," said [area scout Lee] Gissendaner, now in his 13th year scouting for the Packers. "He showed the versatility that you like, the flexibility. He did everything in the workout. He seems like a guy who likes to compete. He responded to what we asked him to do, followed directions. His work ethic was on display."
@caplannfl - He is the real deal. I believe L. Duvernay-Tardif would be a day 2 pick if he had played 4 years in a BCS Conference.— Russell Lande (@RUSSLANDE) April 1, 2014
This from Eric Edholm is another good article on him.
Chiefs GM John Dorsey has a reputation for looking for players far and wide and one in Canada would fit the bill. In fact, he would be the second player from Canada this offseason after WR Weston Dressler. I can't say I know much about him but I'm intrigued if NFL teams noticed him.