Ian Rapoport reports that “several” NFL teams failed Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio after giving him a physical.
- Rapoport adds that Kouandjio has an arthritic knee that has been referred to as “ugly.”
Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net mentioned that a Buffalo Bills scout told him that Kouandjio can “say goodbye to round one” just based on his Combine performance.
The scouted mentioned the fact that Kouandjio was “sluggish, slow and totally unprepared,” which could have something to do with his knee.
Some believed Kouandjio could be taken in the mid-to-late portion of round one, but it know appears as though he could be falling to day-two.
Alabama players have come out of school with a lot of question marks regarding this physical condition such as Packers RB Eddie Lacy last year.
Lacy previously told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that there was no almost no way get of practice at Alabama.
“Unless you were dead or your leg was physically broken or something like that,” Lacy said (H/T to Sigmund Bloom). “there was no way to get out of practice.”
Lacy isn’t the only Alabama player who has said something about the kind of expectations that come from playing at the school as ILB C.J. Mosely also expressed some concerns via his Twitter account last year (H/T to Josh Norris).
Hopefully for Kouandjio the concerns are being overblown and he’ll go on to be a quality NFL offensive lineman in the coming years.
I’m we’ll be hearing a lot more regarding this in the coming months.