LG ARIE KOUANDJIO, ALABAMA

LG #77 ARIE KOUANDJIO, ALABAMA

6’5” – 315 lbs. – 5.30e

Brother of Cyrus Kouandjio, former Alabama left tackle who was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Underwent multiple knee surgeries on both knees after appearing in two games as a redshirt freshman. Was utilized in a reserve capacity in ten of thirteen games in 2012, then stepped into the starting lineup as a junior, lining up at left guard next to his brother. During spring training, also received reps at right tackle. Really looks the part, with an extremely thick build for an offensive guard. Frame is very effective at preventing defensive linemen from finding their way around him against both the pass and run. Consistently plays through the whistle but lacks the speed to consistently secure second-level blocks or pull and reach a defender. Nonetheless, is capable of securing hook blocks in the run game. Can chip one defender and quickly reposition himself to block another rusher. Wasn’t asked to secure many cut blocks and pulled wide only a few times a game. Generates pop on contact and keeps his feet churning after engaging. When he has the opportunity to square up on a defender in the run game, is capable of driving them into the ground and flashes the killer instinct to do so. Knee-bender. Demonstrates impressive balance as both a run blocker and pass protector, rarely ends up on the ground. However, when he finds himself out of position, has a tendency to grab and pull, which could lead to penalties. Gets good arm extension in pass protection, with a strong grip to sustain his blocks. Mirrors very well in pass protection; good lateral movement. Assignment-sound. Also displays a strong anchor against opposing bull rushers. Somewhat susceptible to spin moves. Massive, battle-tested left guard who is equally impressive as a pass protector and run blocker and should be able to start as a rookie; more refined mentally and technically than recent Tide linemen Chance Warmack and Cyrus Kouandjio. Would fit best in an inline/power scheme, but is talented and polished enough to fit in a zone as well. Plays like a first-round pick, but medical evaluations may push him further down the board.

Games watched: Texas A&M (’13), Arkansas (’13), Oklahoma (’13)

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