05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Bills picks: Round 2/44 -- Cyrus Kouandjio, T, 6-7, 322, Alabama...The native of Cameroon came to America when he was 4, played soccer into middle school, and then switched to football in high school. He and his brother, Arie, both played for Nick Saban at Alabama. He played as a freshman in 2011 but suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee and missed the final third of the season. Came back to start the final 26 games of his career, and the Bills were told he never missed a practice either. Was a consensus first-team All-America in 2013, but his knee issue gave some teams pause. Dr. James Andrews ultimately wrote a letter to explain that the knee was fine and would not hinder Kouandjio. Has very long arms which make pass rushers take a wider arc to get around him. He should compete immediately for the starting right tackle job with Erik Pears. - The Sports Xchange
05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 29/4. *Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama, 6-7, 322, 5.50, 1-2...It is unclear if Kouandjio's durability is more of a concern than his ability, but it became a topic at the combine after several teams mentioned he was not given a clean bill of health due to a residual, arthritic condition in his knee. He underwent surgery after a season-ending injury in 2011. The player and his coach, Nick Saban, dismissed such concerns, saying Kouandjio played well in all 27 games through the last two seasons.
Furthermore, Alabama coaches believe he can be better than former linemate D. J. Fluker (No. 11 overall in 2013, San Diego Chargers). Frankly: There are no guarantees on anybody and Kouandjio showed plenty of raw ability after his 2011 surgery. Still, don't let that discussion obfuscate the fact that Kouandjio still has more promise than polish and although he has NFL strength, those tree trunk legs may not be quick enough for left tackle. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com
05/06/2014 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 32. Cyrus Kouandijio OT, Alabama (6-5, 322, 5.59, JR)...With some lingering durability concerns regarding his knees, Kouandjio is viewed differently by teams across the league. But if he's healthy, Kouandjio has the athletic and natural upside to start at the next level. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
05/06/2014 - The Sports Xchange 2014 NFL Draft Best Team Fit: Carolina Panthers...OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama: If the Panthers have not red-flagged Kouandjio for a potentially serious knee problem, this would be another Dave Gettleman special. Stud defensive tackle Star Lotulelei fell to Carolina at No. 14 after a health scare last year, and the Panthers could find similar fortune with Kouandjio. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
05/06/2014 - The Sports Xchange 2014 NFL Draft Best Team Fit: Washington Redskins...T Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama: The Redskins haven't found a right tackle in free agency so the 6-foot-6, 322-pound Kouandjio could be the answer with the 34th overall selection. A star at DeMatha Catholic, one of Washington's premier high-school programs, he allowed just one sack last regular season but is a better fit on the right side because of his power as a run blocker. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
04/29/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Offensive Line: *Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama, 6-7, 322, 5.59...It is unclear if Kouandjio's durability is more of a concern than his ability, but it became a topic at the combine after several teams mentioned he was not given a clean bill of health due to a residual, arthritic condition in his knee. He underwent surgery after a season-ending injury in 2011. The player and his coach, Nick Saban, dismissed such concerns, saying he played well in all 27 games through the last two seasons.
Furthermore, Alabama coaches believe he can be better than former linemate D. J. Fluker (No. 11 overall in 2013, San Diego Chargers). Frankly: There are no guarantees on anybody and Kouandjio showed plenty of raw ability after his 2011 surgery. Still, don't let that discussion obfuscate the fact that Kouandjio still has more promise than polish and although he has NFL strength, those tree trunk legs may not be quick enough for left tackle. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
03/26/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft: Week 2 Pro Day takeaways...Bama's bumps and bruises...Nick Saban's program has developed a discouraging reputation in recent years as a place that produces damaged goods on the football field. And LB C.J. Mosley and OT Cyrus Kouandjio in this year's class don't do much to dispel that notion as both left the combine with less than favorable medical reviews. However, Mosley and Kouandjio fought back this week at Alabama's Pro Day. Mosley looked "fluid" in positional drills and ran his 40-yard dash in the 4.65-4.72 range after not running in Indianapolis due to soreness. Although Kouandjio didn't work out or help his paltry numbers from the combine (he'll have his own pro day on April 8), he did emphatically shoot down the thought that his knee will be a long-term durability issue.
And his former coach backed him up: "The teams we talked to, I can't find anybody that failed the guy on a physical," Saban said. "If you don't understand how people grade players in terms of NFL medical grades, it's not pass-fail. There are usually five categories that a guy falls in, and if you don't understand it you shouldn't be writing about it, because he didn't really fail." The medical situation can be a murky one for prospects, but stay tuned to this situation, we haven't heard the last of it yet. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/26/2014 - Former Alabama left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio says his surgically repaired knee shouldn't be a red flag for NFL teams. The potential first-round draft pick said Wednesday after the Crimson Tide's pro day that he's heard only from media reports that six teams didn't clear him because of concerns over his left knee. Kouandjio said his agent, Bus Cook, called him the night of the combine asking if there was anything wrong with the knee. "I was completely confused. I said, 'No, there's nothing wrong with my knee,'" Kouandjio said. "I thought he was joking. But he kept asking. I was surprised. I was like, 'There's nothing wrong with my knee. Is there a rumor out there?' "And he said, 'Yeah, a couple of media things came out that there was something wrong with your knee.' It was interesting, but I never worried about it because I know and the film will tell you there's nothing wrong with my knee."
NFL scouts and coaches - including Cincinnati's Marvin Lewis, New Orleans' Sean Payton and Philadelphia's Chip Kelly - and several general managers were on hand to see Tide prospects go through workouts including Kouandjio, linebacker C.J. Mosley, safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and quarterback AJ McCarron. - AP Sports
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
02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 24. *Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama, 6-5, 310, 5.12, 1...Kouandjio is a native of Cameroon who moved to U.S. when he was a child who honed his athleticism playing soccer. Alabama coaches believe he can be better than former linemate D.J. Fluker, an overall No. 11 pick. These are the same coaches who moved proven Barrett Jones inside to center after he had earned All-SEC honors at left tackle in 2011. That allowed Kouandjio to excel at left tackle spot the last two seasons. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
01/10/2014 - Alabama juniors Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Adrian Hubbard, Cyrus Kouandjio and Jeoffrey Pagan announced they will be forgoing their senior season to enter the 2014 NFL Draft in a press conference in the Naylor-Stone Media Room on Thursday. Alabama has had 13 players leave early under head coach Nick Saban, 11 of which were first-round draft picks. The 2014 NFL Draft will take place May 8-10 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Kouandjio anchored the left side of the Tide's offensive line. - Alabama football
12/26/2013 - CBSSPORTS.COM ALL-AMERICANS: FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE AS NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS: OT - Cyrus Kouandjio, Jr., Alabama: Last season the Crimson Tide had three offensive linemen drafted, including two in the top 12, and Kouandjio has the raw talent to be the next Alabama blocker to be drafted in the first round. It doesn't always look pretty, but more often than not, he gets the job done with balanced, quick feet and long arms to latch and eliminate defenders from the play. Kouandjio still has room to clean up the mental mistakes and become more technically sound, but the natural skill-set will earn him some first-round grades, maybe among the top 15 draft picks. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/13/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: OL Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama, 6-6 310, Jr., Hyattsville, MD...Kouandjio, from Hyattsville, Md., is the Crimson Tide's junior left tackle and a veteran of 24 starts over the past two years for an Alabama offensive line that has been one of the best in the nation. He has a team-high 14 knockdown blocks while allowing just 1.5 sacks in 286 pass attempts in 2013. Kouandjio has blocked for 17 100-yard rushers over the past two seasons as a starter, including seven this year. He anchors an offensive line that ranks ninth nationally in fewest sacks allowed (.90 per game) while opening holes for one of the most-balanced offenses in the nation, averaging 207.5 yards on the ground, 238.2 yards in the air and 38.8 points per game. - Alabama football
12/11/2013 - 2013 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL - Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama...Has been selected First Team All-SEC for the 2013 college football season by the SEC Coaches. - Alabama football
12/11/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM: OL - Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama, 6-6, 310, Jr,...Has been selected First Team All-SEC for the 2013 college football season by the Associated Press. - Alabama football
09/14/2013 - Offensive line takes spotlight at A&M ...Most casual fans will look at the matchup between the Crimson Tide defense and the Johnny Manziel-led Texas A&M offense as the key to Saturday's Southeastern Conference opener in College Station. But if Alabama is to gain revenge for last year's stunning 29-24 loss to the Aggies, it will have to come with its offensive line making marked improvements from a season-opening 35-10 win over Virginia Tech. "I think the most important things in games like these (are that) people can stay focused and disciplined to do simple and fundamental things correctly," Tide coach Nick Saban said. "Everybody has to take care of business. Everybody has to do their job."
While Saban made sure to praise A&M's defense for its toughness and physical play, Alabama appears to have a better matchup this week than it had against Tech. The Aggies don't have the tough, savvy veterans up front that the Hokies did, nor do they have a creative coordinator like Bud Foster who can concoct unusual blitzes that lead to negative-yardage plays. Still, A&M will have a loud home crowd on its side for perhaps the most-hyped game of the early season, as well as Manziel. Say what you want about his off-field escapades, but Manziel is the Heisman Trophy winner for a reason. - The Sports Xchange
09/14/2013 - Offensive line takes spotlight at A&M ...Any quarterback who can carve up the Tide defense, like Manziel did last November in Tuscaloosa, has to be respected and feared. He will make plays and the Aggies will score points, just because of their talent level and scheme. So it will be up to the Tide offense, and its line, to do the things this week that it couldn't consistently do two weeks ago in Atlanta.
"We are going to have to block, execute, going to have to throw and catch (the ball)," Saban said. "We have to make good decisions and play our game. Get a hat on a hat, eliminate negative plays, try not to get behind in the down and distance and take advantage of opportunities." - The Sports Xchange
09/07/2013 - ROB RANG'S 09/06/13 TOP 32 2014 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 5. Cyrus Kouandjio*, OT, Alabama (6-5, 312): Some questioned the wisdom of moving Barrett Jones from left tackle (where he had won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the SEC's best lineman) to center in 2012. The reason for the switch was Kouandjio, a physically blessed athlete who some have compared to former Redskins Pro Bowl left tackle Chris Samuels, the No. 3 overall pick out of Alabama in 2000. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/31/2013 - ROB RANG'S 08/30/13 BIG BOARD: 5. OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama (6-5, 312, 5.12)* -- Some questioned the wisdom of moving Barrett Jones from left tackle (where he'd won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the SEC's best lineman) to center in 2012. The reason for the switch was Kouandjio, a physically-blessed athlete who some have compared to former Redskins Pro Bowler Chris Samuels, the No. 3 overall pick out of Alabama in 2000. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/27/2013 - OG Anthony Steen and OT Cyrus Kouandijo were each first-team All-SEC picks in July, but will they be in December? Their performance could determine if Alabama can three-peat in January. They're the only returning starters on an offensive line which lost two first-round picks in D.J. Fluker (San Diego) and Chance Warmack (Tennessee), plus the line's heartbeat in C Barrett Jones, a fourth-round pick of St. Louis. - The Sports Xchange
08/26/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL - Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama,...Started all 14 games at left tackle in 2012, blocking for 10 individual 100-yard rushing performances ... helped open holes for 227.5 yards of rushing offense per game to finish the season ranked 16th nationally ... also blocked for 445.5 of total offense per game ... allowed only 3.5 sacks, as a first-year starter ... graded out at 90 percent or better in seven games. - Alabama football
08/15/2013 - TOP ALABAMA PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. OT Cyrus Kouandjio (6-5, 310, 5.12)*...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 lineman 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 blindside position, Kouandjio demonstrated the talent to earn this distinction in the future. Kouandjio is 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. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/15/2013 - TOP ALABAMA PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. OT Cyrus Kouandjio (6-5, 310, 5.12)*...Kouandjio is 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. Perhaps most impressive -- considering his relative lack of experience -- is that Kouandjio plays at different speeds well. He shows very good patience in pass protection but can fire off the ball when needed, as well.
With only one starting season under his belt -- flanked by Chance Warmack -- Kouandjio must show improvement in his technique in 2013 to consider making himself eligible for the 2014 draft. He's choppy sliding into pass protection and has a tendency to drop his head upon contact. Regardless of when he elects to make himself eligible to the NFL, Kouandjio will be highly regarded. 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. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/01/2013 - Two-time defending national champion Alabama earned the No. 1 ranking in the USA Today preseason coaches' poll. The Crimson Tide was the overwhelming selection, receiving 58 of 62 first-place votes. Ohio State was second with three first-place votes. Oregon, Stanford and Georgia round out the Top 5. Five of Top 10 teams are from the Southeastern Conference, which has won the previous seven national championships. Alabama has won three of the past four. Texas A&M, the only team to beat Alabama last season, comes in at No. 6, its highest preseason ranking since 1995. Rounding out the Top 10 are South Carolina, Clemson, Louisville and Florida.No. 12 LSU gives the SEC six teams in the top 25. - The Sports Xchange
07/25/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): OL - Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama (193)...Kouandjio stepped in at left tackle last season and projects as one of the top offensive linemen in the nation in 2013 ... played in 22-career games, making 14 starts ... suffered an ACL injury eight games into his freshman season but showed no effects from the injury while starting at left tackle in 2012. - Alabama football
07/16/2013 - 2013 OUTLAND TROPHY WATCH LIST: Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama, OT...Kouandjio stepped in at left tackle last season and projects as one of the top offensive linemen in the nation in 2013 ... played in 22-career games, making 14 starts ... suffered an ACL injury eight games into his freshman season but showed no effects from the injury while starting at left tackle in 2012 ... has prototypical size, strength and quickness. - Alabama football
07/16/2013 - 2013 LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: T Cyrus Kouandijio, Alabama...Started all 14 games at left tackle, blocking for 10 individual 100-yard rushing performances ... helped open holes for 227.5 yards of rushing offense per game to finish the season ranked 16th nationally ... also blocked for 445.5 of total offense per game ... allowed only 3.5 sacks, as a first-year starter ... graded out at 90 percent or better in seven games. - Alabama football