Top prospect may be too good for RedBlacks

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif gets set to bench press for some NFL and CFL scouts Thursday in Montreal....

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif gets set to bench press for some NFL and CFL scouts Thursday in Montreal. (JOCELYN MALETTE/QMI Agency)

TIM BAINES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:54 PM ET

OTTAWA - It should be a slam dunk.

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is clearly the best prospect heading into the May 13 CFL Draft.

And the expansion Ottawa RedBlacks have possession of the first pick.

On paper, it sounds like a great football marriage. It makes perfect sense that the RedBlacks would make the McGill University offensive tackle the No. 1 choice.

Not so fast. The CFL is not like the NHL, NFL, NBA or MLB. Being the best doesn't always mean you go No. 1.

As it turns out, having a top CFL prospect that is TOO good is not always good for the team that holds onto that first draft choice. Blame the NFL.

Certainly not out of disrespect for a league that Duvernay holds high regard for, the kid skipped last weekend's CFL Combine, a showcase of the best of the best in Canadian college football.


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