Buffalo Bills NFL Draft Profile: OT Cyrus Kouandjio

Buffalo Bills NFL Draft Profile: OT Cyrus Kouandjio
April 4, 2014, 2:00 pm
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Cyrus Kouandjio (OT), Alabama

6’7” | 322 lbs.

2013 collegiate honors:

Semifinalist for Outland Trophy, awarded to the best interior lineman in college football on offense or defense.

Selection:

2nd Round, 44th overall (Buffalo Bills)

What scouts are saying:

“For one, there are questions about how well he’ll hold up physically, particularly with his knees, and his injury history isn’t completely clean. Secondly, he didn’t really take a step forward in performance this season, with some sloppiness in his technique, and I’d say his run blocking is ahead of his pass blocking at this point. He was once a first-round lock, but if he goes there now, I’d call it a bit of a risk.” (Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN.com)

"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." (Rob Rang, CBSSports.com)

"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." (CBSSports.com)

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