Photo of Cyrus Kouandjio
Grade
5.75 ?
  • 5.59 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 21 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 27.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 96.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.71 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.84 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'7" Height
  • 35 5/8" Arm Length
  • 322LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/4" Hands

Overview

Started in 26 of 35 games played. 2013: First-team AP All-American and first-team All-SEC pick. Was also a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy. Helped open holes for eight 100-yard rushers during season. 2012: Started in all 14 games at left tackle. 2011: Played in eight games, but did not start. Suffered a torn ACL in the game against Tennessee. High school: Was No. 1 offensive lineman recruit according to Rivals. Misc.: Younger brother of 2010 Alabama recruit Arie Kouandjio.

Analysis

Strengths

Terrific size with long arms. Uses his length to push rushers wide -- day trip to run the arc on. Has the ability to drop anchor and stymie the bull rush. Can latch onto, control and maul his man. Can hook and seal or widen the hole in the running game. Flashes the ability to bury defenders. Will be a 21-year-old rookie and has clear potential -- is physically gifted with raw, moldable tools.

Weaknesses

Has heavy legs and lacks ideal foot quickness for blind-side protection. Footwork and hand use have to be coached up -- looks clumsy at times. Carries his hands low. Struggles to subdue counters and gets beat across his face -- limited lateral quickness and needs to strengthen power step and inside punch. Average contact balance -- too often bends at the waist and slides off blocks. Inconsistent clearing his feet through traffic and spends too much time on the ground. Labors to cut off fast-flowing linebackers and sustain on the second level. Could stand to develop more of a mean streak.

Bottom Line

Massive, long-limbed, inconsistent, overhyped college left tackle whose sheer dimensions, raw tools and high ceiling are far more appealing than his snap-to-snap performance at this stage of his development. Has enough length and anchor strength to survive on the left side, though he will never be a dancing bear, and he projects more ideally as a bulldozing right tackle in a power scheme.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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