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2015 NFL DRAFT

Cyrus Kouandjio, OT

School: Alabama  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Hyattsville, MD
Height/Weight: 6-7 / 322 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2941-2

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.503.191.9321 27 1/28'0"4.847.71
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.463.131.9122 -08'10"4.857.97

Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Miami Dolphins | #18
    Questions about his medical could push Kouandjio out of the top 50 picks but his tape and upside certainly argue otherwise.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers | #6
    The Bucs have a few questions at offensive tackle and young depth is never a bad thing.
  • Carolina Panthers | #28
    They have a huge hole at left tackle and he would be a day one starter.
  • Miami Dolphins | #19
    Miami needs offensive line help and even though Cyrus is raw, the traits and skills are there for him to develop quickly.
 

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Certainly looks the part of an NFL offensive lineman, boasting vines for arms (35 5/8 inches) and excellent overall weight distribution. He reportedly has just 16 percent body fat, an impressive number for any offensive lineman. He flashes good quickness 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 well at different speeds. 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 Alabama head coach Nick Saban and his staff took advantage of by asking the left tackle to pull and lead running backs, on occasion.

WEAKNESSES: Not yet the sum of his parts. To this point Kouandjio continues to rely too much on his talent and shows limited technique. Choppy sliding into pass protection and has a tendency to drop his head upon contact.

Some were disappointed with his decision to enter the draft after an inconsistent 2013 season. Too often is satisfied with simply walling off defenders rather than punishing them.

Projects best at right tackle, a position he did not play at Alabama. Medical questions require further investigation.

COMPARES TO: D.J. Fluker, San Diego Chargers - Like his former teammate, Kouandjio offers the physical skill-set to make scouts drool. He does not play with the tenacity or physicality that helped Fluker, a fiery competitor, impress in his first season in the NFL.

--ROB RANG

Player Overview

Few offer a more intriguing skill-set than Kouandjio, which is why he universally ranked as the elite prep lineman when signing with Alabama in 2010.

He redshirted his first season in Tuscaloosa, then played in eight games in 2011 before a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee ended his first season of action early. Kouandjio recovered in time to start every game the following two seasons for the Crimson Tide and elected to make himself eligible for the 2014 draft. Kouandjio's knee was reportedly red-flagged by several teams during medical examinations at the Combine, but renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews later classified the injury as a non-issue.

While each NFL team will rely upon its own medical evaluations, Kouandjio's talent is unquestioned. Massive, strong and surprisingly athletic, Kouandjio offers at least the upside as former teammate D.J. Fluker, the No. 12 overall selection a year ago by the San Diego Chargers.

Like Fluker, Kouandjio's best fit in the NFL is likely at right tackle, as he does not possess ideal balance or quickness to handle speed rushers. His length and strength make him an effective pass blocker as he stands and with improved technique, Pro Bowls could be in his future.

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05/12/2014 - The Bills made a concerted effort to upgrade their offensive line, and one of the key factors in the selection of players was size. Second-rounder Cyrus Kouandjio of Alabama is 6-foot-7, 322, fifth-rounder Cyril Richardson of Baylor is 6-foot-5, 343, and seventh-rounder Seantrel Henderson is 6-foot-7, 331. "We talked about this, Doug (Whaley) and I, and we talked about it with the scouts," said Marrone, an ex-offensive lineman himself. "I think you can see it throughout the AFC East. I can't speak for the other teams, but you look at the defensive linemen that are in this division and you're going against everyone in New York to the guys in Miami and obviously the players in New England and then you look at the players we're getting. The people inside, everyone is getting bigger players, at least in our division if you look at it. I can't really say the reason why the other people are doing it, but we're doing it for the matchups. So that we can matchup with those players inside." - The Sports Xchange
 

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