ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay routinely talks to NFL clubs during the pre-draft process and he has spoke to 10 about Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio, who was reportedly failed medically by some teams at the NFL combine back in February. Kouandjio tore his ACL in 2011 and had surgery. He has played each of the last two seasons without missing a game or a practice, but the x-rays and MRIs performed in Indianapolis obviously revealed something that didn’t sit well with some NFL team doctors.
McShay said the reviews on Kouandjio’s long term viability in the NFL with respect to his knee have been all over the map.
“I’ve gotten so many mixed reviews in terms of the durability and how concerned teams are,” said McShay. “I’ve talked to six different teams that have passed him (medically) and I’ve talked to four other teams that have either failed him or put a mark next to him where it’s going to significantly affect his draft grade. I haven’t talked to any other teams about him so that’s a sample there.
“As a football player I have him graded out as an early second round prospect. I thought he really struggled with consistency this year. The beginning of the year he had some bad tape, the middle of the year I thought he got a lot better. At the end of the year he struggled in that bowl game and it was not a fair fight in terms of facing an undersized and very fast defensive end in Oklahoma, but he’s got to get used to it and adjust and I didn’t think he adjusted very well.”
“He gets off of balance a lot and his technique has got to improve. But the guy is almost 6’7” and 322 pounds. Forget his 40 time, he moves pretty well. He’s light on his feet and he’s got long arms, almost 36 inches. Big hands, 10 and a quarter inches. He can play. He’s going to be able to play at the level if the durability holds up and if he gets good coaching and continues to develop.
“He’s just not where he should be and he definitely should’ve gone back to school. There’s still a chance he’s a top 40 pick and if you get him early in the second round it’s a pretty good deal. If you’re comfortable with his medical and you have a good offensive line coach that you trust and you’re not forced to start him day one you get a good deal in Kouandjio. Three years down the road we might be talking about a good starting tackle in the NFL.”
Kouandjio was Buffalo’s last pre-draft visit last week, no doubt in part to get one last look at his surgically repaired knee.
Tags: 2014 NFL draft, Cyrus Kouandjio
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