Scouting Report: Cyrus Kouandijo

Thomas Frank Carr

ESPN Radio 1450 Draft Analyst

 Cyrus Kouandijo

OT Sr. Alabama



Height: 6’7”                                Weight: 322                        Arm length: 35 5/8”                    40 yard Dash: 5.59

Broad Jump: 96 in                    Bench: 21                         Vertical jump: 27.5 in                20 yard Shuttle: 4.84

 


Strengths

·         Elite NFL size, frame is massive

·         Long arms to lock out and drive defender, hard to get around too

·         Flashes ability to dominate in pass pro

·         Strong player with big lower body, can dominate in the running game

·         Flat backed, road grader who can open up holes for backs

·         Explodes into defender off the LOS in run block

·         Can reach block and seal the outside lanes

 

Weaknesses

·         Very slow, plodding, heavy feet

·         Stiff hips, lacks any lateral quickness

·         Loses his balance often in pass pro

·         Can’t handle speed or double moves

·         Lunges and attacks target instead of letting them come to him in pass pro

·         Looks clumsy and awkward on the field, not a natural athlete

·         Doesn’t track linebackers at the next level very well

·         Needs to learn to be a better hand fighter

 

Analysis:

Cyrus Kouandijo (Kwon-joe) is a classic right tackle. Twenty years ago he would have been coveted by a team looking for a massive, run blocking tackle. Today in the NFL, if you can’t pass block you are a liability. Even if you play on the right side, tackles have to pass block. Kouandijo has some of the slowest feet in this year’s draft. He struggles to keep up in pass protection and he looks as if he’s about to fall over more often than not when engaging a defender. His elite NFL size and lower body strength make him an attractive player to teams in a power scheme but he is a liability in the passing game at this point. He is young and could develop into a good player but his lack of foot speed and lateral agility weigh him down on my draft board.