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Report: Cyrus Kouandjio has failed some physicals

Cyrus Kouandjio AP

Alabama tackle Cyrus Kouandjio didn’t help his draft stock Saturday by running a lumbering 5.53 in his 40-yard dashes.

But the reason he looked so slow might be more of a concern to teams.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, “several teams” have failed Kouandjio on his physical because of an arthritic knee, which stemmed from a failed surgery.

The massive blocker was considered a first-round talent when he left school, but those medical concerns could cause him to slide, and make teams wonder where to draw the line between obvious talent and potential medical risk.

He also put up 21 repetitions in the 225-pound bench press, and while his long arms are a factor, that’s still a low number for a player who could have made a name for himself this weekend for the right reasons.

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26 Responses to “Report: Cyrus Kouandjio has failed some physicals”
  1. alshonbrandontandem says: Feb 22, 2014 4:23 PM

    Just cost yourself millions for being fat & out of shape. Green Bay will select you tho…

  2. thevikesarebest says: Feb 22, 2014 4:26 PM

    That’s normal in greenbay.

  3. arwiv says: Feb 22, 2014 4:30 PM

    This kid has been falling for weeks, and now its becoming clear why. Watch him fall to the end of the 2nd round. The same thing happened to Daquan Bowers a few years ago…and Daquan was viewed as a possible first overall pick before his draft.

  4. officialgame says: Feb 22, 2014 4:43 PM

    The main concern are his knees and at his weight how long will they hold out. That pushes him down to the third round but it still is a good move leaving early because he will at least get paid before he falls apart.

  5. singisking says: Feb 22, 2014 4:44 PM

    Another Tide bust..

  6. seatownballers says: Feb 22, 2014 4:49 PM

    Just fell several rounds

  7. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Feb 22, 2014 4:59 PM

    Undraftable.

  8. craniator says: Feb 22, 2014 5:05 PM

    Don’t worry guys . . . either Baltimore or New England will take him in the third round , and he’ll be a solid player for either team. See Marcus Cannon , Kelechi Osemele.

  9. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Feb 22, 2014 5:22 PM

    I’d be more worried about him getting embarrassed vs. Oklahoma. His play, or lack thereof, was one of the main reasons for the loss.

  10. surfinbird1 says: Feb 22, 2014 5:26 PM

    Hey Bill B. Rollback!

  11. Ferdinand says: Feb 22, 2014 5:30 PM

    But, but I thought all surgeries on athletes were glowing successes the minute the last stitch was in and the operation was complete??

    That’s what they always tell us!

    (Never mind that there is no way to know for weeks or even months to come)

  12. allidoiswin55 says: Feb 22, 2014 5:48 PM

    I could lift 225 21 times by the end of my senior year at 245 lbs . For a big guy like that whose been training for this combine in specific drills it’s pathetic .

  13. trevor123698 says: Feb 22, 2014 6:09 PM

    he is not undraftable. but only if he has listened to Dr Joel WAllachs exposed on “arthritis and joint replacement”. Doing so made Theo ratliff about 100 million extra NBA dollars.

  14. davikes says: Feb 22, 2014 6:41 PM

    Benching 225 for him is equivalent to me doing pushups, or benching 135. 21 is not a good number.

  15. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 22, 2014 6:51 PM

    “Boss! Boss! The Twitter sheep are stampedin, agin’. Headin’ straight to’rds that thar cliff….”

  16. rabidbillsfan says: Feb 22, 2014 6:53 PM

    @allidoiswin

    Keep dreamin’ buddy. I’m a Tide fan, but I totally agree that most of Sabans recruits hit their ceiling in college. On the flip side, Cyrus is wickedly out of shape, and his Pro-day had better show improvements or he won’t go in the Top 50. Getting a guy motivated to slim down/bulk up is a heck of a lot easier than trying to teach a guy Technique, breaking bad habits is rough. Cyrus has natural flex in his hips and he uses his arms well. The knee is an issue, but it’s not the end of the world. Eric Wood broke his leg twice, still a top level center playing against guys like Wilfork and Wilkerson and Solia(?). Not saying the guy is the next Walter Jones, but we all know he can be better.

  17. azjam says: Feb 22, 2014 7:26 PM

    Hope he gets in shape but could be a real steal in the 2nd round as he does have the talent to be a quality starting LT in the NFL.

  18. ariani1985 says: Feb 22, 2014 8:33 PM

    Green Bay loves 1st round busts

  19. lagg1 says: Feb 22, 2014 9:02 PM

    Didn’t Andre Smith (also from Alabama) have similar weight issues at the combine?

  20. El Pollo Loco says: Feb 22, 2014 9:05 PM

    and there is your first pick Raider fans

  21. stoolerz says: Feb 22, 2014 9:18 PM

    Thank God Lombardi got fired from the Browns, they would have taken this guy in the first round. L I m Bardi loves the injured and mentally unstable

  22. gbmickey says: Feb 22, 2014 10:09 PM

    I get a kick out of the bitter posters from the division who continually try and mock the Packers but yet look up at them in the standings for 4 straight years. If the Packers are as bad as you all claim just how pathetic is your team?

  23. sportsfan18 says: Feb 22, 2014 10:25 PM

    The Tide does well in the SEC…

    Their players are definitely beginning to become suspect in the NFL though…

  24. jzone954 says: Feb 22, 2014 11:24 PM

    You know times have changed when a person weighing over 300lbs is considered slow for running a 5.53

  25. jsm08 says: Feb 23, 2014 7:04 AM

    It’s hard to stay motivated with the impending paycut in the NFL.

  26. usa98j30t4 says: Feb 23, 2014 7:45 AM

    That’s no kid. He looks older than Warren Sapp.

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