Cyrus Kouandjio

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Cyrus Kouandjio
Cyrus Kouandjio at Alabama.jpg
No. 71     Buffalo Bills
Offensive Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1993-07-21) July 21, 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth: Cameroon
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)Weight: 322 lb (146 kg)
Career information
High school: Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 2 / Pick: 44
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Roster status: Unsigned draft pick
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com
 
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Cyrus Kouandjio
Cyrus Kouandjio at Alabama.jpg
No. 71     Buffalo Bills
Offensive Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1993-07-21) July 21, 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth: Cameroon
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)Weight: 322 lb (146 kg)
Career information
High school: Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 2 / Pick: 44
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Roster status: Unsigned draft pick
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com

Cyrus Berenice Kouandjio (/ˈkwɑːn/ KWAHN-joh) (born July 21, 1993) is a Cameroonian-born American football offensive lineman for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Bills in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Alabama.[1]

High school career[edit]

Kouandjio attended DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. He competed in the 2011 Under Armour All-America Game.[2] Kouandjio, a five-star and consensus top offensive line prospect in the nation by Rivals.com, ESPN, Scout.com, and SuperPrep, received offers from over sixty schools, including: Alabama, Auburn, New Mexico, USC, and Iowa.[3] He was the fourth-ranked prospect in the recruiting class of 2011.[4]

His brother Arie is an offensive tackle at Alabama.[5] On National Signing Day, Kouandjio announced on ESPNU that he would attend Auburn University.[6] Later that day it was reported that he had second thoughts about his choice and was still undecided.[7] Then on February 5, 2011, three days later, Kuandjio's brother Arie announced on his Twitter account that Cyrus would attend the University of Alabama.[8][9]

College career[edit]

2011: Kouandjio contributed as a true freshman, playing in eight games until a knee injury in the second half against Tennessee ended his season.[10]

2012: Kouandjio started all 14 games at left tackle. He had the least number of career starts on the Alabama offensive line in 2012, but only two of the five starters on the offensive line in 2012 (Kouandjio and right guard Anthony Steen) will return for the 2013 season. In the 2013 BCS National Championship Game against Notre Dame, Alabama repeatedly ran to the left behind Kouandjio, contributing to 265 net yards rushing and 5.9 yards per rush. On Alabama's third drive Kouandjio pancake blocked Notre Dame defensive end Sheldon Day.[11][12] Kouandjio ended the 2012 season ranked as the top offensive tackle from the 2011 recruiting class.[13]

As a junior in 2013, Kouandjio was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection.[14] After the season he entered the 2014 NFL Draft.[15]

Professional career[edit]

2014 NFL Draft[edit]

As early as April 2013, Kouandjio was projected as one of the top selections in the 2014 NFL Draft.[16] He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.[17] He become the fifth Alabama offensive linemen selected in the first two rounds in six years, after Andre Smith, James Carpenter, Chance Warmack, and D. J. Fluker.

Pre-draft measurables
HtWtArm lengthHand size40-yd dash10-yd split20-yd split20-ss3-coneVertBroadBP
6 ft 6 34 in322 lb35 58 in10 14 in5.59 s4.84 s7.71 s27 12 in8 ft 0 in21 reps
All values from NFL Combine[18]

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