OT CYRUS KOUANDJIO, ALABAMA*

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6’6” – 310 lbs. – 5.15e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2011: 8 GP / 0 GS (LT)
2012: 14 GP / 14 GS (LT)

OVERVIEW:

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.

STRENGTHS:

•    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.

WEAKNESSES:

•    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.

SUMMARY:

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

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