Cyrus Kouandjio OT Alabama #
Size/Athleticism: Prototypical size. Has the size and strength to overwhelm defensive lineman. Athleticism is a notch below elite, but he’s well
Pass Protection: Lacks elite agility but is quick off the snap and looks fluid sliding outside to stay with quicker edge-rushers. Extremely long arms and elite upper body strengths allows him to recover when a faster edge-rushers gets a step on him off the snap. His length and strength allows him to win even when’s not able to get into ideal position. Has a tendency to overextend and will fall off balance at times. Dominant against bull rushers and would be an elite prospect as a guard if a team wanted to move him inside.
Run Blocking: A bulldozer in the run game. Stays low off the snap and uses great leverage to drive defenders backward and finishes off a high percentage of his blocks. Capable of getting to the second level although he doesn’t always take great angles and occasionally finds himself lost in space.
Intangibles: Nothing positive or negative of note.
Durability: Suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2011. Underwent shoulder surgery prior to 2013 season. Knee injury reportedly raised concern among teams at the combine, which has been refuted by his agent. Dr. James Andrews sent report to all 32 teams regarding his knee, saying that he is fine.
Comments: After the combine, the biggest concern with Kouandjio was his healthy by Dr. James Andrews has addressed that in a memo to all 32 teams and it now appears to be a non-issue. Kouandjio lacks the elite athleticism that many left tackles possess in the league today but he has shown steady improvement in his fundamentals throughout his career. His physical style of play will make him more attractive to certain teams, but can succeed in any system. All of biggest flaws relate to mobility and athleticism, and if it doesn’t work out at tackle he should be able to shift inside to guard and be an elite talent.