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Report: Bills dine with Canadian OL

Posted by Chris Brown on March 28, 2014 – 8:25 am

Every year we see a few Canadian based prospects come off the board in the NFL draft. On day three a McGill University offensive lineman by the name of Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is likely to be one of them this spring. And the Bills were in attendance at his pro day workout this week.

According to the Toronto Sun, Duvernay-Tardif, following a workout that demonstrated his NFL caliber athleticism (40 time around 5-flat, 31.5″ vertical, 9’6″ broad jump and 34 reps on bench, 4.59 short shuttle) had dinner with one of Buffalo’s scouts in attendance.

Now this doesn’t mean the Bills are more interested in Duvernay-Tardif than any other prospect. What it likely means is the Bills, like most clubs when it comes to Canadian based players, has some more blanks to fill in on their final report on the prospect. Taking him to dinner and spending a few hours with the kid helps to accomplish that.

The problem I have with Duvernay-Tardif, as impressive as his workout may have been is he was more than 20 pounds lighter (298) than his listed playing weight (321). Prospects often shed weight so they can run and move faster. NFL talent evaluators will undoubtedly factor that into their evaluation.

That being said Duvernay-Tardif did enough to show he has NFL level athleticism and is forecast as a developmental prospect who will probably come off the board on day three (Rounds 5-7).

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