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TORONTO — The spotlight may be about to fall directly on David Foucault and Pierre Lavertu as Tuesday’s CFL Draft approaches. The Kansas City Chiefs selected McGill offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif in the sixth round of Saturday’s NFL Draft.
Arguably the most sought-after prospect in the Draft, followed by Foucault and Lavertu, Duvernay-Tardif’s stock could have dropped according to CFL.ca’s resident CIS analyst Justin Dunk.
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“Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is far and away the best prospect eligible for the 2014 Draft, but because he has been selected so high in the NFL Draft it likely hurts his CFL stock because teams in Canada aren’t sure when, if ever, (see Danny Watkins as a main example) he will contribute to their team,” Dunk said.
In turn it pushes prospects like David Foucault, Pierre Lavertu and Matthias Goossen up the draft board because Canadian offensive linemen are such an integral part of any CFL franchise.”
The aforementioned three offensive linemen round out the top three on the final 2014 CFL Scouting Bureau.
The Ottawa REDBLACKS hold the first overall pick and with the expansion franchise low on Canadian depth, it is unlikely that they will chance selecting a player that may not be at their training camp. With immediate impact likely playing a factor, Ottawa may go after one of Lavertu or Foucault with their first selection, leaving the other to Winnipeg.
» A full list of the 2014 CFL Draft Order can be found HERE.
Understanding that Duvernay-Tardif was likely to get a look down south, Dunk selected Ottawa to take Lavertu first overall and for Winnipeg to select Goossen at the second spot in his Version 1 CFL Mock Draft.
In other prospect news, the Baltimore Ravens selected Virginia receiver Brent Urban with the 134th overall pick in the NFL Draft. Urban was a selection of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2013.
The 2014 CFL Draft runs on Tuesday, May 13 at 7:00pm ET and can be followed live with the CFL.ca Draft Tracker. The first round of the Draft airs live on TSN.