2014 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama Crimson Tide


Sep 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive linesman Cyrus Kouandjio (71) during the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Cowboys Stadium. Alabama won 41-14. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Height: 6’5″

Weight: 310 pounds

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Scouting Report/Player Notes

2013 pre-season

Cyrus Kouandjio is one of the top offensive line prospects as an underclassmen looking ahead to the 2014 NFL Draft. He has only started one season for the Crimson Tide, and had a season ending injury in 2011 to his knee, but there are not many more big men with this much potential in college football. Coming out of high school, Kouandjio was a highly touted prep prospect who was deciding between Alabama and Auburn for his college choice, and after tinkering around with those two schools and the Iowa Hawkeyes program, Kouandjio decided to play for national powerhouse Alabama. As a sophomore, he did not disappoint.

For his size, Kouandjio is an exceptional athlete. He is nimble on his feet and while he needs to show improvement in this area, he really excels in pass protection allowing just 3.5 sacks in his first year as a starter at Alabama. Obviously played with a ton of talented players up front, but will be one of the leaders on the team in 2013 with Chance Warmack, Barrett Jones, and D.J. Fluker leaving for the NFL.

Career Highlights

2012 (SOPHOMORE): Has started all 13 games at left tackle, blocking for eight individual 100-yard rushing performances … has helped open holes for 224.6 yards of rushing offense per game (439.1 of total offense) … has allowed only 3.5 sacks, as a first-year starter … graded out at 90 percent or better in six games: Florida Atlantic, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Western Carolina and Auburn … has 21 pancake blocks.

Video Highlights (via YouTube)