6’6” – 310 lbs. – 5.15e
2011: 8 GP / 0 GS (LT)
2012: 14 GP / 14 GS (LT)
Appeared in eight games as a true freshman in 2011, but suffered a season-ending knee injury. Took over the starting left tackle position in 2012, a role he has maintained since.
• Will graduate with two years of starting experience for Alabama.
• Absolutely gargantuan left tackle prospect who really looks the part.
• Exhibits an aggressive, competitive on-field playing temperament.
• Looks comfortable against speed in pass protection, mirrors well.
• Can easily handle power rushers thanks to his thick build/anchor.
• Once he’s got a grip, keeps his legs churning and will finish blocks.
• Has a strong initial punch, which he uses to knock defenders off-balance.
• More athletic than his size and bulk suggest, moves pretty well.
• Could realistically project to either left or right tackle at the next level.
• Needs to become more consistent at sustaining when run blocking.
• Something of a waist-bender at times in the run game, overextends.
• Technique occasionally gets sloppy when rushers take a wide path.
• Occasionally sets too wide a base in pass protection, surrenders inside.
• Hasn’t been asked to do too much pulling or make second-level blocks.
• Significantly more appealing as an inline blocker than a zone player.
• Season-ending knee injury sustained in 2011 must be investigated.
Kouandjio needs to refine his game and play with more consistency in all phases, with his technique getting sloppy both in pass protection and as a run blocker, but his height, bulk, long arms, and underrated athleticism make him a tantalizing left tackle prospect, particularly in an inline blocking scheme. He’s actually more advanced in pass protection right now than he is as a run blocker, which should help dispel concerns about him needing to shift to the right side as a pro. Coaches will love his aggressiveness and killer instinct. A superior prospect to 2012 first-round pick D.J. Fluker. RD 1