New England Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia put Kugbila through his pro day workout. Kugbila also had a workout with the Carolina Panthers. He has visits scheduled with the Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs. Kugbila was born in Ghana and lived there until he was 10 years old. The last player drafted out of Valdosta State was linebacker Artie Ulmer, who was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round of the 1997 NFL Draft. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
He was drafted by the Carolina Panthers, who were one of the teams to work him out before the draft.
Kugbila played in all 10 games as a reserve in 2009 before taking over a starting job the following season. He went on to start 34 games over his final three seasons, and left Valdosta State in January to focus on preparing for the draft. He didn't allow a single sack as a senior.
WEAKNESSES: Disproportioned frame with some bad weight on his body. ... will overextend and get caught lunging. ... streaky upper and lower body technique. ... bad habit of stopping his feet, struggling to reset. ... allows blockers into his chest and needs to consistently keep rushers at bay and show same effort on each play. ... needs to improve his patience, vision and eye discipline. ... too passive at times, needs to develop a more nasty temperament. ... lacks ideal experience against top competition.