Photo of Arie Kouandjio
Drafted By: Redskins
Grade
5.22 ?

Draft Analysis:

Washington selects another mauler in Kouandjio (Cyrus' brother). He's not as gifted in pass protection as Cyrus, but he'll move men off the ball in the run game. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'5" Height
  • 34 1/8" Arm Length
  • 310LBS. Weight
  • 10 7/8" Hands

Analysis

Strengths

On-target with hand strikes and works to steer his man out of the play in run game. Good in short-pull game and will fire himself into linebackers with force. Understands how to work in tandem and finds a way to get guys blocked. Has long arms and uses his length for redirect.

Weaknesses

Stiff throughout his lower body and mechanical. Poor change of direction when asked to leave his phone booth and venture beyond line of scrimmage. Is only marginal peeling off block to pick up blitzes and twists. Uses lean over leverage as run blocker. Balance issues make it hard for him to sustain blocks after contact on the move. Poor athleticism in general.

Draft Projection

Round 5 or 6

Sources Tell Us

"Not a fan. I've always thought he was bad. Name only, can't play." -- SEC defensive coordinator

Bottom Line

While Kouandjio has been part of a successful team at Alabama, that doesn't mean he is ready to take that next step. At times it's painful to watch Kouandjio try to move in space and he's limited to blocks that are right in front of him. His lack of functional athleticism and versatility will limit his NFL chances.
-Lance Zierlein
C
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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