Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported during the Scouting Combine that “several” NFL teams failed Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio after giving him a physical.
Rapoport recently spoke with Dr. Lyle Cain who mentioned that NFL teams varied in their grades regarding Kouandjio’s health. According to Cain, some teams gave him a grade of 4, and others a 3.
This is on a 1-5 scale, with “1” being an injury-free prospect and “5″ a potential undraftable players.
Cain added that a rating of “4” is given to a player with “a significant injury or injuries that may affect longevity, but they aren’t lame or disabled.”
“Cyrus has some injuries his freshman year, a torn ACL and an MCL. We fixed it that year, two years ago. At the time, he had a little minor articular cartilage wear in his knee. A little bit of an injury. That’s just playing football. … But the combination of the ACL, MCL and articular cartilage wear makes teams concerned there may be a longevity issue,” Cain said, via College Football 24/7. “The reality is, he played 27 games after the injury, never missed a practice, and never had the knee treated. These kinds of cartilage injuries are common in sports.”
Kouandjio has been mentioned as a potential first-round pick, however, health concerns could push him back, possibly into the second round.
There are a number of NFL teams looking for upgrades at left tackle, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see someone grab in the late part of round one if they believe he’s his knee isn’t going to be an issue for him next season.
We have Kouandjio going to the Buccaneers in the second round of our 2014 NFL Mock Draft.