Canada's top NFL prospect juggles pre-draft visits with ER internship

NFL scouts were in Montreal to see McGill University's Laurent Duvernay-Tardif work out on March...

NFL scouts were in Montreal to see McGill University's Laurent Duvernay-Tardif work out on March 27, 2014. (JOCELYN MALETTE/QMI AGENCY)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:46 PM ET

A little blood does not scare Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.

Not even a lot of it, actually. Blood is "cool," he says.

It's not so much because the feisty offensive tackle from Montreal has a purposefully nasty temperament on the football field -- one of the reasons he has been called the fastest rising prospect prior to the NFL draft, which goes May 8-10 in New York City.

Rather, it's because he has been interning this spring in the pediatric emergency room at Montreal Children's Hospital. Duvernay-Tardif is a medical student at McGill University, one of the world's premier public research institutions whose med school is consistently ranked among the top 20 in the world.


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