With the 200th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select OT Laurent Duvernay-Tardif out of McGill in Canada. He is actually one of the top-ranked players from Canada and the KC Chiefs were known to be interested in prior to the draft.
He stands 6'5 and weighs 298 pounds.
The Chiefs brought Duvernay-Tardif into their facility for a visit before the draft and also visited him in Canada. He also visited the Green Bay Packers, among others. Some people considered him a fourth or fifth round pick so from that you could consider this a "steal". Of course, we don't know yet if he's a good player or not.
He will be depth at offensive tackle right now. The Chiefs have their starters in Eric Fisher and Donald Stephenson, which leaves the swing tackle role available. That's my best guess for his role right now.
Matt Conner interviewed him earlier this year. Here's what Duvernay-Tardif said he was telling teams about his game:
I just repeat to them that I'm athletic enough and my Pro Day numbers were really good and that I've only been playing o-line for two years. I think you guys call that upside? [Laughs] I'm coachable. I'm a smart guy and I'm able to learn concepts pretty quickly. I love to compete. Maybe they're not able to grade me from my film, but one thing they can notice is that I go after everything. I play through the whistle. That's something you cannot teach, I guess, so that is good for me. That's what I told them.
Funny: Matt's interview with him was interrupted when the Packers called Duvernay-Tardif. There's that Packer connection.
A Canadian med school student, Duvernay-Tardif moved from the defensive line to the offensive line two years ago and has the movement skills and smarts that make him appealing to the NFL. He will need time to develop, but projects as a down-the-road starter.
"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."
Chiefs!!!!!!!— Laurent D. Tardif (@LaurentDTardif) May 10, 2014
Chiefs 2014 draft picks
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Round 1 (23) - Auburn LB Dee Ford
Round 2 (No pick)
Round 3 (87) - Rice CB Phillip Gaines
Round 4 (124) - Oregon RB De'Anthony Thomas
Round 5 (163) - Georgia QB Aaron Murray
Round 6 (193) - Tennessee G Zach Fulton
Round 6 (200) - McGill OT Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
Round 7 (No pick)
The Chiefs gave up their second round pick in the Alex Smith trade. They received theCowboys sixth round pick in last year's Edgar Jones trade while they traded away their seventh round pick in the same trade.
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