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Cyrus Kouandjio | Tackle

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 314

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Bills selected Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio with the No. 44 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Kouandjio (6-foot-6 3/4, 322) made 26 starts on A.J. McCarron's blindside, earning first-team All-American honors as a junior before turning pro. He tore his ACL in 2011 and was red-flagged at the Combine for an arthritic knee, later flunking multiple team physicals. Kouandjio's measurables also underwhelmed with a 5.59 forty, 27 1/2-inch vertical and 8-foot broad jump. He managed 21 reps of 225, though Kouandjio's freakish 35 5/8-inch arms make benching more difficult. Kouandjio is a boom-or-bust prospect with technical flaws and medical concerns, but he'll be the favorite to slide in at right tackle in Buffalo. Fri, May 9, 2014 08:09:00 PM

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NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock believes Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio and Virginia OT Morgan Moses are the "two most logical guys" for Washington's first pick at No. 34 overall.

The Redskins' first-round pick, No. 2 overall, is property of St. Louis' thanks to the RGIII trade. With the second pick in the second round, Mayock believes Washington could be sniffing around a new starting right tackle to bookend Trent Williams. Kouandjio and Moses would make plenty of sense, and both have Pro Bowl upside as RTs. In fact, movement issues with both might make RT their best pro positions.
Mon, May 5, 2014 10:29:00 PM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio should move to guard.

"Boy, after the way he ran [at the combine], (expletive), I'd be scared of him," said the scout. "That was terrible. Wait 'til he starts matching up here. I don't think it's going to work. If anything, I think he's got to go to guard." In an understated way, Kouandjio has been one of the more polarizing prospects in this class, and that was represented in this story. Another scout loved the Crimson Tide prospect: "Extremely long arms (355/8) and an outstanding pass protector. Still learning the run game and getting good leverage. That's going to come. You're talking about a left tackle for a long, long time." A third split the difference: "Some teams will say they're not worried about [his knees], he can give us four or five years. He does have ability. For whatever reason he just did not play to that ability this season. Very inconsistent this year. Probably needed another year."
Sat, May 3, 2014 07:13:00 PM

Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio's surgically-repaired knee is drawing mixed reviews from NFL medical staffs, reports ESPN's Todd McShay.

Out of 10 organizations he asked, four told McShay that they flunked Kouandjio or depressed his grade based on health concerns. Perhaps the prospect, who suffers from an arthritic knee, will take solace in having been cleared by more than half. Kouandjio could go as high as the late teens in Round 1, or as low as the mid second-round. McShay assigned Kouandjio an early second-round grade.
Sat, May 3, 2014 06:59:00 PM

Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio met with the Bills last week.

Kouandjio (6-foot-7, 324 pounds) won't be in consideration for the No. 9 pick, but, due to his spotty medicals and technique, he just might be available when Buffalo comes on the clock in the second round. For that reason, it's smart for the club's brass to check him out. There's a lot of risk inherent to drafting a prospect like Kouandjio, but you can't beat the price of a second-round pick for an LT with Pro Bowl upside.
Fri, May 2, 2014 08:36:00 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock thinks the Dolphins "probably have to take" Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio with the No. 19 pick.

Interestingly, the Miami Herald reported late last month that the Dolphins "will not" use the 19th pick on Kouandjio. Beat writer Adam Beasley wrote at the time that the Dolphins didn't have a first-round grade on Kouandjio because his "injury red flags have the team concerned." The Crimson Tide mauler, of course, has issues with an arthritic knee condition. He's not for everyone, as’s Nolan Nawrocki sums up: "Inconsistent, overhyped left tackle whose sheer dimensions, raw tools and high ceiling are far more appealing than his snap-to-snap performance at this stage of his development."
Fri, May 2, 2014 08:23:00 PM

The Dolphins "will not" use the No. 19 overall pick on Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio, reports the Miami Herald.

The Palm Beach Post published a story recently stating Miami was eying Kouandjio at No. 19, but draft insider Tony Pauline quickly shot it down and now the Miami Herald has done the same. Beat writer Adam Beasley writes that the Dolphins don't have a first-round grade on Kouandjio because his "injury red flags have the team concerned."
Sun, Apr 27, 2014 08:35:00 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline shot down reports that Alabama tackle Cyrus Kouandjio is a first-round target of Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey.

"In fact I was told the team won’t consider him in the first frame due to medical red-flags," Pauline reported. Miami, according to the report, desires Notre Dame's Zack Martin, but doesn't believe he'll be around. "Sources seem to think Hickey will attempt to trade down if the opportunity arises," Pauline wrote. "If they are able to trade down Joel Bitonio, a name that keeps popping up in the late first/early second round area, is a player they like."
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 11:04:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper said on the "First Draft" podcast that one team told him that Alabama tackle Cyrus Kouandjio could drop into the third round.

"Could he be there in the late second?" Kiper said. "He could." Due to concerns about the Crimson Tide product's knees, colleague Todd McShay said, "For some teams, he's off the board." All this being said, neither analyst disputes Kouandjio's talent. He's a surefire first-round talent, but both Kiper and McShay expressed exasperation that he entered the draft early. Kouandjio has technique issues that could have potentially been ironed out during his senior year. "All the tools are there," McShay said, stressing the importance of the drafting NFL team's OL coach. Kouandjio is still only 20-years-old. For the record, Dr. James Andrews said there is nothing wrong with his knee.
Wed, Apr 23, 2014 07:25:00 PM

The Panthers and Buccaneers have worked out Alabama tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, according to's Gil Brandt.

Brandt added that Kouandjio, whose surgically repaired knee has drawn concern, will not have to return to Indy for a medical re-check. The Panthers (No. 28) were formerly a popular destination for Kouandjio in mock drafts, but his stock is back on the rise after medical reports suppressed it for a few months; it's no lock he'll be available when Carolina is up.
Sun, Apr 20, 2014 11:14:00 PM

According to a source, the Palm Beach Post reports that Miami Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey prefers Alabama tackle Cyrus Kouandjio over Zack Martin in the first round.

"Hickey sees Martin as a guard and the Dolphins want a right tackle in the first round, the source said. "The Dolphins would also consider Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan. But Lewan will likely be off the board and the Dolphins prefer Kouandjio to Virginia tackle Morgan Moses. Miami could even consider drafting Kouandjio if Lewan is available," Abramson wrote. Kouandijo's stock took a hit when there were concerns over his surgically repaired left knee and subpar times at the combine. Kouandjio has got confirmation from Dr. James Andrews that there is nothing wrong with his knee.
Sun, Apr 20, 2014 06:27:00 PM's Charles Davis thinks Alabama T Cyrus Kouandjio isn't receiving enough draft buzz at the moment.

A sluggish combine and a report of shoddy medicals made Kouandjio's name radioactive for a few months. "More teams might be looking at him as a right tackle than a left tackle, but I still like his potential and think he's a candidate to be picked in the first round, though probably later than we thought he would go when the process started," Davis wrote. "He could find a nice landing spot late in the first round with a team like the Browns (No. 26), Panthers (No. 28) or Broncos (No. 31)."
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 07:19:00 PM

Alabama T Cyrus Kouandjio extended his workout at Alabama's second pro-day on Tuesday in an attempt to display his stamina.

Roughly two dozen scouts showed up to watch. "I just wanted to show them that I have pretty good stamina. That type of stuff, you can work on it, you know? On the field work, I think I showed I have talent and skill. I think it was a good workout today," Kouandjio said. Kouandjio, who has a private upcoming workout scheduled with the Buccaneers, said his knee is fine.
Sat, Apr 12, 2014 07:35:00 PM

NFL Films' Greg Cosell says Alabama T Cyrus Kouandjio has issues with his footwork and balance.

"I think he's very athletic," Cosell said. "I don't think he plays to that athleticism as much as he needs to. He certainly has the size, length and movement to be a quality NFL left tackle, and probably a very good one, but he just doesn't play that way." The analyst mentioned Kouandjio's shoddy technique, surprising given the coaching staff he's coming from. Cosell also said that Kouandjio at times looked like the best LT in college football. Coaching fit will be paramount with this prospect.
Thu, Apr 10, 2014 09:47:00 PM

NFL evaluators surprisingly were complimentary of Alabama T Cyrus Kouandjio in an article.

"We like him," an NFC scout said. "We have him rated pretty high." An AFC executive called Kouandjio "raw" but said he had "a lot of upside." Kouandjio has been criticized so often throughout the process that you almost forget that his physical gifts and on-field production both scream first-round pick. His medicals and combine performance raise red flags, but apparently the NFL is keeping those concerns in perspective. "He had a bad combine, so that’s going to throw some people off him," an NFC personnel man said. "But he looked good on tape. He’s big, long, and he competes. I like that."
Sun, Apr 6, 2014 09:03:00 PM