Football: Duvernay-Tardif could become 10th CIS player drafted into NFL

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OTTAWA (CIS) – Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, an offensivetackle from McGill University, is expected to become the 10thplayer in CIS football history to be selected in the NationalFootball League draft, later this week.

A native of St. Hilaire, Que., the six-foot-five, 315-poundstandout is projected to go in the middle to later rounds of thedraft, which kicks off Thursday night with the first round andresumes on Friday (rounds 2-3) and Saturday (rounds 4-7).

Should his name be called over the next three days,Duvernay-Tardif would become the third CIS player to be drafted byan NFL team over the past six years, after Akiem Hicks of theRegina Rams (New Orleans, 3rd round, 2012) and Vaughn Martin of theWestern Mustangs (San Diego, 4th round, 2009).

The only previous McGill star selected by an NFL squad wascurrent Calgary Stampeders defensive lineman Randy Chevrier, whowas picked in the seventh round by Jacksonville in 2001 and endedup playing in 13 NFL regular season games as a long snapper withDallas and Cincinnati before embarking on a long and productive CFLcareer.

Duvernay-Tardif earned numerous honours during his four seasonswith the Redmen, including a pair of first-team all-Canadianselections, the J.P. Metras Trophy as the top down lineman in CIS,as well as the RSEQ conference nomination for the Russ JacksonAward for combining football with academics and citizenship. Lastfall, the medical student was selected as a Top Eight AcademicAll-Canadian out of over 11,000 CIS student-athletes.

One of two CIS players invited to take part in the prestigiousEast West Shrine Game in Florida last January, the 23-year-oldimpressed scouts from nine NFL teams at his pro day workout inMontreal on March 27. He is also ranked No. 1 by the CFL’sScouting Bureau heading into the league’s May 13 draft.

Following is a list of CIS players drafted into the NFL, as wellas a list of former CIS players currently on NFL rosters.

NOTE: Another McGill star also played in the NFL, namelylong-snapper Jean-Philippe Darche, who had a productive nine-yearcareer after signing as a free-agent with the Seattle Seahawks in2000. He played in Super Bowl XL with Seattle in 2006, then movedon to play for Kansas City from 2007 to 2008.

CIS PLAYERSDRAFTED INTO NFL (9)

2012: Akiem Hicks (DE / Regina), by New Orleans, 3rd round, 89thoverall
2009: Vaughn Martin (DE / Western), by San Diego, 4th round, 113thoverall
2001: Randy Chevrier (DE / McGill), by Jacksonville, 7th round,241st overall
1998: Jerome Pathon (WR / Acadia), by Indianapolis, 2nd round, 32ndoverall
1995: Mark Montreuil (CB / Concordia), by San Diego, 7th round,237th overall
1992: Tyrone Williams (WR / Western), by Phoenix, 9th round, 239thoverall
1986: Mike Schad (OG / Queen’s), by LA Rams, 1st round, 23rdoverall
1982: Dan Feraday (QB / Toronto), by Cincinnati, 12th round, 333rdoverall
1976: Brian Fryer (REC / Alberta), by Washington, 8th round, 234thoverall

CIS PLAYERSCURRENTLY ON NFL ROSTERS (9)

Stefan Charles (Regina): Buffalo – Defensive tackle
Linden Gaydosh (Calgary): Carolina – Defensive tackle (spent2013 on injured reserve list)
Cory Greenwood (Concordia): Detroit – Linebacker
Akiem Hicks (Regina): New Orleans – Defensive end
Jorgen Hus (Regina): Seattle – Long snapper
Israel Idonije (Manitoba): Chicago – Defensive end
Vaughn Martin (Western): Detroit – Defensive tackle
Henoc Muamba (StFX): Indianapolis – Linebacker
Jon Ryan (Regina): Seattle – Punter

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

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