49ers schedule visit with projected No. 1 pick of CFL draft

49ers schedule visit with projected No. 1 pick of CFL draft
April 24, 2014, 7:30 am
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Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is projected as a fourth or fifth round pick in the NFL Draft. (PHOTO COURTESY LAURENTDUVERNAYTARDIF.COM)

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The projected No. 1 overall pick in the draft is coming to visit the San Francisco 49ers.

Oh, not the NFL draft. We’re talking about the Canadian Football League draft.

Offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif of McGill University in Montreal is on the radar screen of NFL teams with the draft two weeks away. And he indicated Thursday morning on Twitter that he is coming to the Bay Area: “Off to San Francisco!”

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He was in Buffalo on Wednesday. Kansas City, Miami, Cleveland and Philadelphia were among his eight scheduled visits, and he told NFLDraftScout.com the 49ers, Green Bay, Chicago and Philadelphia have shown the most interest.

Duvernay-Tardif (6 foot 5, 310 pounds) is a medical school student who trained in Knoxville, Tenn., for five months to prepare for the draft. He was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, but he performed well enough at the East-West Shrine Game to attract the attention of NFL scouts with his size, strength and athleticism.

He started playing football 10 years ago, but only switched to offensive line the past two seasons. Duvernay-Tardif said he enjoys offensive because of the “strategy and team work” elements. NFLDraftScout.com ranks him as a fourth- or fifth-round draft pick.

The 49ers have also held private visits with offensive tackles Matt Patchan (Boston College) and Seantrel Henderson (Miami).

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