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#71
Cyrus Kouandjio
Team: Alabama Crimson TideHeight: 6-6 Born:
Position: OLWeight: 310 Hometown: Hyattsville, MD
Class-Eligibility: Jr-Jr


Scouting Report
A powerful and imposing presence on the offensive line, Kouandjio is projected to be selected in the first round of the draft and immediately become a starting left tackle. His strength and power, combined with his long arms and big hands, make him capable of dominating the line. However, he needs to improve his footwork in order to neutralize his opponent's burst off the snap at the next level. He also relied heavily on his athletic ability at the collegiate level, and scouts are worried he'll try to do the same in the NFL instead of improving his technique. He proved to be effective in pass protection and run blocking with Crimson Tide, and his feistiness and competitiveness are considered major pluses. Some teams, though, are worried about his durability after he suffered a torn ACL and MCL in 2011. Reports surfaced at the combine he was failing physicals due to his surgically repaired left knee, but Dr. James Andrews wrote teams a letter in an effort to allay any concerns. Kouandjio's health became an increasing concern after he struggled at the combine with a slow 40-yard dash time of 5.59 seconds and bench-pressed 225 pounds 21 times. Kouandjio's work at Alabama may be enough proof for an NFL team to take him in the opening round, but he could fall into the second if the concerns about his knee continue.