Could the Miami Dolphins be looking north of the border for their offensive line help? Canadian Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is hoping that Miami, or one of the other 31 teams in the league, see him as a piece of their pass protection plans.
Recently, Duvernay-Tardif conducted his own Pro Day at the Catalogna Soccerplexe in Montreal, performing for ten NFL franchises on the same day 30 of the league's 32 teams were watching Johnny Manziel in College Station, Texas. Duvernay-Tardif started his college career as a 250-pound defensive lineman. He switched sides of the ball in 2011, bulking up to 321 pounds as a left tackle.
While he is considered the top prospect for the Canadian Football League's Draft in the middle of May, Duvernay-Tardif may not be available. He's projected as a third- or fourth-round draft choice for the NFL Draft the week prior, most likely moving inside to guard. According to The Montreal Gazette's Herb Zurkowsky, Duvernay-Tardif ran between a 4.93 and 4.98 second 40-yard dash (hand timed), benched 225-pounds 34 times, had a vertical leap of 31.5 inches, and completed a 9.6-foot broad jump. His 40-yard time would have joined just three other 320-pound offensive lineman to break 5.2 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.
SB Nation's Matt Conner recently had a chance to speak with Duvernay-Tardif. During the interview, the 6'5" prospect identified several of the teams with which he has spoken, or even scheduled a visit - with the Dolphins included in the list. From that interview:
How many teams have gotten in touch with you so far?
I think I've done maybe 20 interviews. Now I have six visits and I think there were nine teams that showed up at my Pro Day.
Who are those six teams?
Asked what his expectations are for the NFL Draft weekend, Duvernay-Tardif responded:
My expectations have changed a lot over the course of a year. I went to the East-West Shrine Game thinking I would love to be signed as a free agent. Then when it went well, I thought I would love to be drafted. But the only thing I care about right now is getting into training camp and having a chance to compete this summer and make my spot on the roster.
You can check out the entire interview by clicking on the link on the right above.