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Cyrus Kouandjio | Tackle

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (21) / 7/21/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 322
College: Alabama
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Bills rookie OT Cyrus Kouandjio has been taking "a lot of reps" as the starting right guard this week in practice.
Notoriously tight-lipped coach Doug Marrone said Kouandjio "absolutely might" be active against the Chiefs. The Bills current RG Erik Pears has been a disaster this season, so it is conceivable Buffalo is looking for a change. Kouandjio has yet to play a snap this season. Nov 8 - 10:19 AM

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Bills rookie OT Cyrus Kouandjio has been getting reps at guard in practice.

Kouandjio has yet to be active this season. "We do have (Kouandjio) playing some guard," coach Doug Marrone said Thursday. "We did move him in there, so he’s playing guard on the scout team and we’re working on developing him." The Bills have one of the league's worst offensive lines, with RT Seantrel Henderson getting dominated, and the entire guard corps struggling. Getting reps on the interior is an easy way for Kouandjio to make himself more valuable.
Oct 16 - 6:27 PM

Bills rookie RT Cyrus Kouandjio was reportedly "dominated" in Wednesday's joint practice with the Steelers.

The whole Buffalo offensive line apparently looked like garbage. OL coach Pat Morris called out Kouandjio during the OL vs. DL drill by saying, "You might as well be Venus de Milo." Venus de Milo is an ancient Greek statue in Paris. Kouandjio has been getting whipped by opposing pass rushers. Once viewed as the favorite at right tackle, Kouandjio will be lucky to earn the swing tackle job.
Aug 13 - 6:56 PM

According to WGR 550 Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia, rookie OT Cyrus Kouandjio "has not been the player the team was expecting when they selected him in the second round" of May's draft.

Buscaglia reports Kouandjio has been outplayed by both incumbent RT Erik Pears and seventh-round pick Seantrel Henderson. Kouandjio seemed to be penciled in to Buffalo's starting right tackle job when he was drafted, but Pears appears to be comfortably ahead of him on the depth chart. Kouandjio could also fall behind Henderson when LT Cordy Glenn (illness) gets cleared.
Jul 27 - 3:46 PM

Bills signed No. 44 overall pick OT Cyrus Kouandjio to a four-year contract.

Standing in at 6-foot-7, 322 pounds, Kouandjio is the favorite for right-tackle duties in Buffalo. Kouandjio's main concern is injury, as he tore his ACL in 2011 and was red-flagged at the Combine for an arthritic knee. He's a boom-or-bust prospect.
May 29 - 5:51 PM

Bills second-round OT Cyrus Kouandjio and incumbent starter Erik Pears have been splitting first-team reps at right tackle in OTAs.

The job should be Kouandjio's to lose. Pears is due a $2.75 million salary this season, and the Bills can save nearly $3 million against the cap by cutting him. Kouandjio has great size (6-foot-7, 322) to go with long arms (35 5/8 inches) but needs technical work and has injury concerns. The Bills are a run-heavy offense, and that's where Pears struggles. Chris Hairston will be the swing tackle.
May 28 - 3:24 PM

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.
May 9 - 8:00 PM

The Washington Post considers Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio a prime candidate to be selected by the Redskins at the No. 34 overall pick.

Kouandjio played high school football at nearby DeMatha, and would satisfy the Redskins' right tackle need. They're looking for a stronger upgrade on incumbent RT Tyler Polumbus. The Post's Mark Maske also considers Virginia OT Morgan Moses a candidate to be selected with the second round's second pick.
May 9 - 1:09 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay said he's gotten mixed reviews from teams on the health of Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio's surgically-repaired knee.

McShay spoke to 10 teams about Kouandjio's knee and six told him they passed him while four said they either failed him or dropped his grade significantly. Kouandjio was diagnosed with an arthritic knee at the Combine. While he's not expected to go off the board until Day 2, Kouandjio is the consensus No. 5 tackle in a recent poll of 18 NFL scouts. McShay considers Kouandjio an early second-round pick based on game tape.
Source: AL.com
May 3 - 2:57 PM

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

The Palm Beach Post recently reported the Fins were targeting Kouandjio at No. 19, but that story was never particularly believable. Since the report came out, both the Herald and TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline have disputed it. Per reliable beat writer Adam Beasley, the Dolphins don't even have a first-round grade on Kouandjio, "whose injury red flags have the team concerned."
Apr 27 - 2:06 PM

NFL draft insider Tony Pauline is disputing reports the Dolphins are targeting Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio with the No. 19 overall pick.

We never really bought the Palm Beach Post's report in the first place, because Kouandjio isn't worth a first-round pick due to medical and on-field concerns. He's a second-round tackle. Pauline writes, "I was told the team won’t consider him in the first frame due to medical red-flags." Pauline believes Notre Dame T/G Zack Martin is the "object of (the Dolphins') desire" at No. 19, but the club is skeptical he'll still be available when they draft.
Apr 25 - 1:06 PM

The Palm Beach Post reports the Dolphins are leaning toward drafting Alabama T Cyrus Kouandjio with the 19th overall pick in the draft.

Most mocks have Notre Dame G/T Zack Martin penciled in as the Dolphins' pick, but GM Dennis Hickey views Martin as a guard and would prefer to fill Miami's right tackle hole in the first round. "Dennis has got a love for Kouandjio and he should be sitting there for them," a source told the Post. Kouandjio's stock has fallen due to a poor Combine and questions about the health of his surgically repaired knee. Virginia T Morgan Moses could be a fallback option.
Apr 19 - 11:08 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio's knee is "not an issue."

We're not sure that's the correct way to word it, as Kouandjio's knee will certainly be discussed at length by teams interested in drafting the mountainous tackle. But Kouandjio won't need a medical re-check after his Combine physical raised red flags. He also didn't work out well in on-field drills, which is just as concerning as his medicals. Kouandjio could be staring at a draft-day slide.
Mar 26 - 2:43 PM

Dr. James Andrews refutes reports that Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio had a "failed" college surgery.

Andrews works closely with the Crimson Tide. "It came out he had a failed ACL surgery — that's not even close to the truth," Andrews said. "His performance at the Combine had nothing to do with his knee situation, and that was blown way out of proportion and that's not fair to the kid." Andrews did admit there are "wear patterns" on Kouandjio's knee, but they existed for his entire college career. Kouandjio's dismal Combine is as big of a concern as his knee. He's in for a big draft slide.
Mar 6 - 3:07 PM

The Alabama team doctor says OT Cyrus Kouandjio's surgically-repaired knee "shouldn't affect his ability to play in the NFL in the short term."

Leaving the door open for longevity concerns, of course. Kouandjio was diagnosed with an arthritic knee stemming from a "failed" college surgery, and several teams failed him on Combine medical exams. Kouandjio tore his ACL and MCL as a freshman and has minor cartilage wear in the knee. Once a projected top-20 pick, the 6-foot-7 tackle ran the slowest forty at the Combine (5.59) and is likely staring at a major draft-day slide.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 5 - 2:31 PM

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