The San Francisco 49ers are bringing in a sleeper prospect for a visit, as they will host McGill University offensive tackle Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. McGill University is in Montreal, and their football team plays in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport football. Duvernay-Tardif tweeted he was off to San Francisco Thursday morning. The 49ers were reportedly on hand for a workout he conducted in Montreal last month.
LDT scored an invite to the East-West Shrine Game, but did not get a Combine invite. Obviously the level of competition is a quick question mark, but he seems to be viewed by many as a raw prospect who has tremendous upside. I asked friend of the site Matt Miller for some quick thoughts:
@NinersNation Good timing! He's incredibly violent. Has the athleticism to play left tackle with some work. Reminded me of Jason Peters
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) April 24, 2014
LDT only converted to offensive line in 2011, so there is a lot of work to be done. Additionally, apparently in Canada, there is a yard separation between offensive linemen and defensive linemen, so he will have to learn how to block without that separation.
Intelligence won't be an issue, as LDT is in the midst of earning his MD. He sounds pretty fascinating, somewhat akin to Lawrence Okoye as a potential Renaissance Man:
"I trained in the states for five months (Knoxville, Tenn.); now I'm back in Montreal," Duvernay-Tardif said during a recent phone interview. "I have a pediatric rotation from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week, then a workout, then dinner, then homework and then studying film."
He said he wants to become a sports doctor, but he wants to pursue an NFL career first. NFL.com suggests he could be a third or fourth round pick. Aside from the 49ers, he said the Packers, Bears and Eagles all have expressed interest. He is currently listed as the No. 1 prospect for May's CFL draft.
Matt thinks he has the skills to potential become a big-time offensive tackle, but there is some chatter he might be best suited inside at guard. He's 6'5, 321 pounds, but we also know that the 49ers have no problem moving large men inside, as they did with Alex Boone. That makes it a little harder to get too specific with offensive line predictions. The 49ers have Joe Staley and Anthony Davis locked in at the tackle spots for the foreseeable future. They need to figure out their swing tackle option long-term, but they also have Jonathan Martin, Luke Marquardt and Carter Bykowski competing there.