Ravens draft primer: Cyrus Kouandjio


With 13 days until the NFL draft begins, here is another potential draft prospect for the Baltimore Ravens:


Position: Offensive tackle

School: Alabama

Height/weight: 6-foot-6, 322

Round projection: First or second

File this away: As a middle school soccer player, Kouandjio was often moved to goalie because he would accidentally hit opposing players and coaches were worried he might injure someone.

Good: Kouandjio has the massive size and long arms that teams are looking for at tackle. He has the tools to be an outstanding pass-blocker and the size to maul defenders in the run game. His body fat is reportedly 16 percent, which is impressive for an offensive tackle. Kouandjio fires off the ball and has the power to drive defenders 10 yards downfield.

Bad: Kouandjio is drawing the "overhyped" label because of inconsistency. He's very raw and unpolished. According to the NFL Network, several teams failed his physical due to an arthritic knee from failed surgery. Kouandjio insists his knee is fine. There are question marks about his athleticism after a disappointing showing at the NFL combine. He ranked near the bottom of his position group in the 40, broad jump, short shuttle and three-cone drill.

Bottom line: The Ravens are looking for a right tackle, and Kouandjio projects better at that position because of his brawler style. It's unlikely the Ravens would consider him at No. 17. If the Ravens pass on offensive tackle in the first round, Kouandjio could be a target in the middle of the second round. There's a good chance he'll be there because of the concern over his knee and poor performance at the combine.

What Kouandjio said: "To be a tackle, you have to be a different cat. You can’t lose at all. So you have to have some type of mentality, something different about you for you to win every single rep. Because you could get five pancakes in a game, and if he [the defensive lineman you're lined up against] gets one sack on you, then he's the hero of the night. You have to win every rep."

Here is a recap of the prospects already profiled:

Quarterback: Jimmy Garoppolo.

Running back: Carlos Hyde.

Wide receiver: Mike Evans, Kelvin Benjamin, Martavis Bryant.

Tight end: Jace Amaro, Eric Ebron.

Offensive line: Joel Bitonio.

Defensive tackle: Dominique Easley, Ra'Shede Hageman, Timmy Jernigan.

Cornerback: Bashuad Breeland.

Safety: Terrence Brooks, Deone Bucannon, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.