The Kansas City Chiefs spent a 2014 sixth round pick on Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who played football in Canada before coming to Kansas City. LDT or "Larry" as they call him has practiced at guard for the Chiefs.
When Jeff Allen had to switch to right tackle this season and when Mike McGlynn and Jeff Linkenbach were struggling while starting games, the Chiefs never went to LDT for a look-see at guard. I'm assuming the Chiefs told him this would be some sort of redshirt year for him as he made the transition to the NFL.
Just because he didn't play last season, don't forget his name for 2015. The media can't watch much of the practices so I'd be lying if I told you I knew how he was developing. What I can do is listen to this interview he did with CBC in Canada recently where he talks about wanting to compete for a job at guard next season.
"You think you know a lot about football but in reality you don't know much," LDT said of his rookie season with the Chiefs. "It's been a big learning curve for me. Everybody, all the coaches really helped me throughout the process. I think I really improved myself and now I think I'm a really good candidate for next year at the guard position for our team."
The early prediction on those guards would be Jeff Allen and Zach Fulton, who started 16 games as a rookie. But you never know what happens (like Allen going down for the year).
"I'm really happy about the way the coaches managed my first year in the NFL because I think I got better and now I'm a better prospect for next year," LDT said.
I'll admit that I kind of forgot about him. He's really an unknown right now but it would be very good for the Chiefs if they had more competition at guard given the fact that they were signing a new starting guard two weeks before the season.