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Cyrus Kouandjio, OT

School: Alabama  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Hyattsville, MD
Height/Weight: 6-7 / 322 lbs.
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.59--21 27 1/28'0"4.847.71
Workout Results
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Washington Redskins | #2
    An undersized offensive line was pushed around too often a year ago. Kouandjio is technically raw but tough, physical and highly aggressive.
  • Carolina Panthers | #28
    The Panthers will likely look to help Cam Newton with this pick, possibly at offensive tackle where Jordan Gross recently announced his retirement. Kouandjio's draft stock is a mystery right now due to the knee durability concerns, but his fall could be the Panthers' gain.
  • Carolina Panthers | #28
    They have issues at receiver, but they have to get a left tackle.
  • Miami Dolphins | #19
    If Martin is gone and they are really interested in protecting Tannehill, Kouandjio could be the answer after a solid pro day last week. He's young, very talented and on the rise.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Light on his feet, flexible, has broad shoulders and his arms are both long and strong. His weight is evenly distributed over his frame and he reportedly has just 16 percent body fat, an impressive number for any offensive lineman.

Quick off the snap and has the lateral agility to slide left to right. Kouandjio uses his athleticism in pass protection well but he's even more impressive as a run blocker, consistently out-quicking defenders to create lanes. Kouandjio relies on good placement, strong hands and an explosive jolt to turn and sustain defenders.

Perhaps most impressive is that Kouandjio plays at different speeds well. He shows very good patience in pass protection but can fire off the ball when needed. He possesses exciting quickness and mobility when blocking on the move, traits Coach Nick Saban and his staff took advantage of by asking the LT to pull and lead RBs, on occasion.

WEAKNESSES: Choppy sliding into pass protection and has a tendency to drop his head upon contact, although he was significantly improved as his second season as a starter progressed in 2013. Excellent run blocker, although not a true mauler.

COMPARES TO: Tyron Smith, OT, Dallas Cowboys - Kouandjio's lean, muscular frame and superb athleticism will remind scouts of the former USC Trojan and now-Cowboys starting left tackle, and he has at least as impressive a skill-set as his former linemate D.J. Fluker, who the Chargers took 11th overall in 2013.

--Rob Rang (2/5/14)

Player Overview

Physically speaking, Kouandjio has everything scouts are looking for in a potential Pro Bowl left tackle, which is why he universally ranked as the elite prep linemen when signing with Alabama in 2010.

He redshirted, then played in eight games in 2011 before a knee injury ended his first season of action in Tuscaloosa early.

His undeniable upside convinced Alabama to move the ultra-reliable Barrett Jones inside to center after he had earned All-SEC and the Outland Trophy at left tackle in 2011. Though he wasn't named to the all-conference team in his first season at the so-called blind-side position, Kouandjio demonstrated the talent to earn this distinction in the future.

Frankly, he has at least as impressive a skill-set as his former linemate D.J. Fluker, who the Chargers took 11th overall in 2013.

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02/27/2014 - 2014 NFL COMBINE: 10 TAKEAWAYS FROM INDIANAPOLIS: 1. The flashy athleticism of the workouts certainly make for the most interesting components of the combine but the event was originally created as an efficient way for NFL teams to generate medical tests for all of the players currently expected to be drafted. Unfortunately, in what in this regard that plenty of news was created this year with a disproportionate number of high profile players earning medical red-flags. Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio (knee), Auburn pass rusher Dee Ford (back), Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (fractured foot) and Notre Dame defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt (fractured foot) have each generated first round buzz in the weeks leading up to the combine but will have to prove their health after medical tests conducted at the combine revealed pre-existing injuries and kept them from participating in drills. - The Sports Xchange


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