Cyrus Kounadjio is a happy to be a Buffalo (Yes, it will never get old). Hopefully, the Bills will be happy to add their next RT for the next few years with Kounadjio. Here to give us the 411 on his game are the boys from Bama Hammer. Enjoy and tell a friend.
1) What are the pros and Cons to Kounadjio’s game?
The Bills are getting a 6-7, 322-pound beast with a quick first step. Alabama has had great success with their offensive line the last few years, and Kouandjio is an example of the type player Saban used so successfully. He can blow defenders off the line and get holes open for the ball. He’s got a lot of upside, too, as he’s only been playing the game for six years. He’s still learning and has room to improve.
That relative inexperience is also a bit of a negative, as he could tend to rely on talent instead of technique. There are some questions about his knee and his general durability, but his talent is impossible to ignore.
2) Do you think he can start from day 1?
If Cyrus comes into camp determined, healthy and ready to go, he could start. He’s got the physique and the skills to be a Day One starter; the mental game is going to be the key. He needs to commit to being a coachable player, and learn they Bills’ blocking schemes. In the meantime, he will get by on pure ability.
3) How is he in terms of pass/run blocking? What types of defenders (If any) does he have issues with?
Cyrus had 14 pancake blocks last season, and excels as a run blocker. He’s got a gigantic wingspan and massive hands, with good speed as well, but does need to learn the pace of the NFL game and improve his technique.
4) What NFL pro does he remind you guys of?
The name that comes up when discussing Kouandjio is D.J. Fluker, his former teammate. Both men were mammoth players for the Tide that took up huge tracts of real estate on the field. Where they differ is in intensity. Fluker was a true leader on the field, and Cyrus could take lessons from Fluker on being a captain on the field.
5) A lot has been made about his injuries, should Bills fans be concerned?
Kouandjio’s knee was a concern for teams, but he was cleared by Dr. James Andrews, so Bills fans should be happy. You can never tell what might happen on the field, and a knee is a tricky thing, especially when supporting a monster like Kouandjio. But overall, Bills fans can rest easy.
6) Anything else you’d like to mention about him?
With Marcell Dareus on one side of the ball and Cyrus Kouandjio on the other, Bills fans are going to be treated to some smashmouth SEC football in 2014.
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