According to a report from ESPN NFL insider Adam Caplan, the Philadelphia Eagles are scheduled to meet McGill offensive tackle Laurent Duvernay-Tardif for a workout I don't know about you, but that's one heck of a name (pronounced: loh-RON DOOVER-nay-TAR-dif).
Duvernay-Tardif, 23, is a native of Canada. He played college football for McGill University, which is located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The McGill Redmen senior stands tall at 6-5, 298 pounds. Should Duvernay-Tardif decide to play for the Canadian Football League, he will likely be taken with the number one overall pick of the 2014 CFL draft. However, it seems like he'll be headed to the NFL instead.
The Eagles are certainly no stranger to Canadian offensive lineman. The Eagles drafted one by the name of Danny Watkins -- you may have heard of him -- with their first round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Obviously, that didn't work out very well. Similar to Watkins, Duvernay-Tardif could make the transition from playing offensive tackle in college to offensive guard in the NFL. Unlike Watkins, Duvernay-Tardiff is projected to be a mid-round pick, and he's not a firefighter.
This isn't the first time the Eagles have shown interest in the Canadian prospect. TSN reports that Philadelphia was one of the teams that attended his workout at McGill University. No spider graph readily available for the big Canadian. TSN included some observation from his pro day:
The native of St-Hilaire, Que., scored a personal best in the broad jump Thursday, and some scouts clocked him in at less than five seconds in the 40-yard dash -- impressive results for a player weighing just under 300 pounds.
About the only downside was Duvernay-Tardif registering 34 reps in the bench press. While that's a more than respectable showing, Duvernay-Tardif was looking for between 37 and 40 reps.
Still, his results in most categories place him amongst the top performers from last February's NFL scouting combine, a week-long event where the top U.S. college football prospects display their abilities before league coaches, scouts and GMs.
[Update: 04/23/14 1:21 PM EDT] My mistake: LDT did not meet with the Eagles for a pre-draft visit. He simply had a workout with them.