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Road to the Draft: Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

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Postion: Tackle.
School: McGill (Canada).
Measurements: 6-foot-5, 321 pounds.
40 time: 4.96 seconds. Bench press: 34 reps of 225 pounds.
Career: 26 starts at tackle.
Draft projection: Fourth round.

Lowdown: This diamond-in-the-rough prospect appears destined for success, if not on the football field then in an operating room. Duvernay-Tardif is a medical student with a 3.9 grade-point average at McGill, one of Canada’s top schools. He has spent part of this spring interning in the pediatric emergency room at Montreal Children’s Hospital. The Buffalo Bills were one of nine teams at his pro day and one of seven teams to host him on a pre-draft visit. He goes by the name Larry and didn’t start playing football until age 15. He played on the defensive line in 2010 but then spent his last three college seasons at left tackle. He has added about 65 pounds since his freshman year. He has a prototypical frame and an aggressive mentality. Only one OT lifted more repetitions of 225 pounds. He garnered attention by playing at the East-West Shrine Game. He’s very raw. He was allowed to skip two days of practice a week at McGill as a concession to his heavy academic workload. The level of play in the Canadian league is not strong, comparable perhaps to some American junior colleges.

The Buffalo News is profiling 50 prospects in 50 days leading up to the NFL Draft.

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