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03/26/14 - Former Alabama left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio says his surgically repaired knee shouldn't be a red flag for NFL teams. The potential first-round draft pick said Wednesday after the Crimson Tide's pro day that he's heard only from media reports that six teams didn't clear him because of concerns over his left knee. Kouandjio said his agent, Bus Cook, called him the night of the combine asking if there was anything wrong with the knee. "I was completely confused. I said, 'No, there's nothing wrong with my knee,'" Kouandjio said. "I thought he was joking. But he kept asking. I was surprised. I was like, 'There's nothing wrong with my knee. Is there a rumor out there?' "And he said, 'Yeah, a couple of media things came out that there was something wrong with your knee.' It was interesting, but I never worried about it because I know and the film will tell you there's nothing wrong with my knee."
NFL scouts and coaches - including Cincinnati's Marvin Lewis, New Orleans' Sean Payton and Philadelphia's Chip Kelly - and several general managers were on hand to see Tide prospects go through workouts including Kouandjio, linebacker C.J. Mosley, safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and quarterback AJ McCarron. - AP Sports
03/26/14 - 2014 NFL Draft: Week 2 Pro Day takeaways...Bama's bumps and bruises...Nick Saban's program has developed a discouraging reputation in recent years as a place that produces damaged goods on the football field. And LB C.J. Mosley and OT Cyrus Kouandjio in this year's class don't do much to dispel that notion as both left the combine with less than favorable medical reviews. However, Mosley and Kouandjio fought back this week at Alabama's Pro Day. Mosley looked “fluid” in positional drills and ran his 40-yard dash in the 4.65-4.72 range after not running in Indianapolis due to soreness. Although Kouandjio didn't work out or help his paltry numbers from the combine (he'll have his own pro day on April 8), he did emphatically shoot down the thought that his knee will be a long-term durability issue.
And his former coach backed him up: “The teams we talked to, I can't find anybody that failed the guy on a physical,” Saban said. “If you don't understand how people grade players in terms of NFL medical grades, it's not pass-fail. There are usually five categories that a guy falls in, and if you don't understand it you shouldn't be writing about it, because he didn't really fail.” The medical situation can be a murky one for prospects, but stay tuned to this situation, we haven't heard the last of it yet. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/22/14 - 2014 Pro Days: Alabama's Mosley runs well, Kouandjio holds off...Junior OT Cyrus Kouandjio, who was also red-flagged with injury concerns at the NFL Combine according to reports, decided not to run to try and improve his 5.59 40-yard dash time from Indianapolis, but does plan to hold his own work out on April 8. He spoke to the media and downplayed the notion that his surgically repaired left knee is a long-term concern. “I'm not the type of guy to get frustrated over matters that are out of my control,” said Kouandjio. “All of these coaches know that there's nothing wrong with my knee.” And Alabama's head coach Nick Saban backed up Kouandjio's claims.
“The teams we talked to, I can't find anybody that failed the guy on a physical,” Saban said. “If you don't understand how people grade players in terms of NFL medical grades, it's not pass-fail. There are usually five categories that a guy falls in, and if you don't understand it you shouldn't be writing about it, because he didn't really fail.” - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/27/14 - 2014 NFL COMBINE: 10 TAKEAWAYS FROM INDIANAPOLIS: 1. The flashy athleticism of the workouts certainly make for the most interesting components of the combine but the event was originally created as an efficient way for NFL teams to generate medical tests for all of the players currently expected to be drafted. Unfortunately, in what in this regard that plenty of news was created this year with a disproportionate number of high profile players earning medical red-flags. Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio (knee), Auburn pass rusher Dee Ford (back), Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (fractured foot) and Notre Dame defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt (fractured foot) have each generated first round buzz in the weeks leading up to the combine but will have to prove their health after medical tests conducted at the combine revealed pre-existing injuries and kept them from participating in drills. - The Sports Xchange
02/20/14 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 24. *Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama, 6-5, 310, 5.12, 1...Kouandjio is a native of Cameroon who moved to U.S. when he was a child who honed his athleticism playing soccer. Alabama coaches believe he can be better than former linemate D.J. Fluker, an overall No. 11 pick. These are the same coaches who moved proven Barrett Jones inside to center after he had earned All-SEC honors at left tackle in 2011. That allowed Kouandjio to excel at left tackle spot the last two seasons. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange