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Report: Dolphins targeting Cyrus Kouandjio in the first round

Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio is the target of the Dolphins in the first round of the draft, if one local report is to be believed.

The Palm Beach Post reports that Dolphins General Manager Dennis Hickey prefers Kouandjio to the other offensive tackles who are expected to be available with the Dolphins’ first-round pick, No. 19 overall. Notre Dame’s Zack Martin, Virginia’s Morgan Moses and Michigan’s Taylor Lewan are among the other offensive tackles who have been projected as potential Dolphins picks.

Dennis has got a love for Kouandjio and he should be sitting there for them,” a source told the paper.

As with all reports of this nature, it’s fair to ask whether it’s just a smokescreen. If the Dolphins really are high on Kouandjio, they should be keeping that a secret so some other team that loves Kouandjio doesn’t move ahead of them in the first round.

What is clear is that the Dolphins aren’t done rebuilding their dysfunctional offensive line. And of the offensive linemen they’re considering, Hickey reportedly thinks Martin makes a better guard than a tackle, Moses reportedly has a less-than-stellar relationship with Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor (who coached Moses at Virginia) and Lewan may not be available for the Dolphins at No. 19. By process of elimination, that would leave Miami with Koundjio.

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40 Responses to “Report: Dolphins targeting Cyrus Kouandjio in the first round”
  1. slartibartfast4242 says: Apr 19, 2014 9:56 AM

    Kouandjio would make a decent LT, if his knees hold up.

  2. flash1283 says: Apr 19, 2014 9:57 AM

    Report: Dolphins targeting a second place finish, AGAIN!!

  3. milkandflorios says: Apr 19, 2014 10:00 AM

    It’s the Palm Beach Post so you can be sure that whatever it says, they will end up doing the complete opposite.

  4. thegonz13 says: Apr 19, 2014 10:02 AM


    Get ready for the smokescreen festival!

  5. thehaljordanproject says: Apr 19, 2014 10:03 AM

    As a Dolfan I hope this is a smokescreen. Cryus had terrible footwork and is just a stiff body overall. He maybe be able to cut it at RT as a power run blocker but he can move with the good NFL pass rushers. Take Zach Martin and plug him in at RG. Our division is to good at the interior pass rush to pass him up dude will be a stud guard

  6. seahawkshurtpeople says: Apr 19, 2014 10:04 AM

    That knee of his is held together with bailing wire and spirit glue. 19 is way to early to take him.

    The chances of him lasting in the league for more than a few years without reinjuring that knee are minimal at best.

    If healthy he’s a top 15 player but he’s not healthy. He should go in the second round at best and even then its a big risk to take him.

  7. xpensivewinos says: Apr 19, 2014 10:05 AM

    At the point, I’m pretty sure the offensive line no longer needs to be rebuilt because it’s dysfunctional. It needs to be rebuilt because it’s awful.

  8. nflgreedleague says: Apr 19, 2014 10:06 AM

    Oh he’ll be there at pick 19 and he’ll probably be there when they pick again in the 2nd round. If Hickey totally reaches on Kouandjio with a suspect knee he will be a laughing stock.This guys been put thru the Saban mill and I doubt there much tread left on the tires.

  9. promickey says: Apr 19, 2014 10:12 AM

    LOL , The Dolphins have made many dumb moves during the draft for many years now. However that was with Jeff Ireland. The Dolphins will not go for Cyrus, it’s a smoke screen for sure.

  10. politicallyincorrect says: Apr 19, 2014 10:17 AM

    this would be great… for the other 31 teams

    go Dolphins

    CK has never been impressive (very slow and lacks explosiveness), outside size, IMO… and with the chronic injury risk…. anything before the 4th rd is nuts IMO

  11. justintuckrule says: Apr 19, 2014 10:18 AM

    Or… The dolphins are trying to entice some team to take him so their real target is still there. C’mon man…. That was a gimme.

  12. dcapettini says: Apr 19, 2014 10:22 AM

    What about Bryant McKinnie? He shouldn’t be more than 30 or 40 lbs overweight by the beginning of camp.

  13. tallguyme says: Apr 19, 2014 10:32 AM

    if it is public knowledge that a team is interested in a particular player, you are pretty much guaranteed that they are really looking at someone else.

  14. thetruq says: Apr 19, 2014 10:33 AM

    The answer is NO! This guy is not as good as advertised. If you need any proof, check his performances against the better talent in college, and not even all the better college talent makes it to the league.

    As a Dolphins fan, I say reconsider. My analysis is decent run blocker and lousy pass blocker.

  15. bonniebengal says: Apr 19, 2014 10:34 AM

    Are these types of reports ever right?

  16. fishyinalittledishy says: Apr 19, 2014 10:34 AM

    Again yet another media untruth just to fill some time at this time of year. To many annalists, news papers etc etc there will soon be more experts than fans.

  17. 4thandlonger says: Apr 19, 2014 10:39 AM

    This guys played most of his professional football already at Alabama. A couple of promising years to start his career before the injuries really set in and he bounces around before retiring that’s my tip.

    They signed a LT in free agency. They have a C. Whichever OL player they draft first round or not will either be playing Guard or RT. Zack Martin fits perfect for that plan. Or draft a good player at another position and back yourself to find the OL in the second or third rounds.

  18. veence69 says: Apr 19, 2014 10:55 AM

    Sometimes I forget that Miami has an NFL franchise.

  19. scmems07 says: Apr 19, 2014 10:56 AM

    that would be a good pick as long as they trade back, they could get him in the mid 20’s and pick up a 3rd or 4th rd pick out of it.

    benton built a solid line in houston for years, he knows what kid’s have talent and how to bring it out of them, unlike turner.

  20. thegonz13 says: Apr 19, 2014 11:00 AM

    Guys, come on! We’re two weeks away from the draft. No team will tip its hand, much less now.

    Any news that includes the words “a source with knowledge of the situation” or something vaguely similar should be dismissed without so much as a second thought!

  21. cheapsack says: Apr 19, 2014 11:07 AM

    This is only true of Jeff Ireland is still the GM.

    And I am pretty sure he isn’t.

  22. zackattack006 says: Apr 19, 2014 11:07 AM

    Quietly, Miami is becoming a competitor in the AFC.

  23. DonKellyBaby says: Apr 19, 2014 11:19 AM

    I guess Miami didn’t watch the 2014 Sugar Bowl.

  24. jetsmmt says: Apr 19, 2014 11:34 AM

    Too bad Big Mo haunts Tannyhill’s dreams.

  25. 11stanleycups says: Apr 19, 2014 11:42 AM

    Mystifying how so many of these reports surface every draft and don’t come to fruition yet people still believe it as evidenced above.

  26. cjjones5656 says: Apr 19, 2014 12:45 PM

    as a dolphins fan……I hope this is not true.

  27. ravenswhat says: Apr 19, 2014 12:51 PM

    If this is the level of trickery the Dolphins are resorting to, the fans have bigger problems than a potential reach in the 1st. Sad.

  28. dolfan34 says: Apr 19, 2014 12:52 PM

    Smokescreen.not buying this one at all.

  29. BigBlueDomination2014 says: Apr 19, 2014 1:06 PM

    If the dolphins wanna reach for an o-line guy then at least make it Xavier Su’a-Filo, he’ll be a way better pro than Kouandjio

  30. winstonjed44 says: Apr 19, 2014 2:18 PM

    Maybe this is just a smokescreen, but that would be a huge risk. I doubt Lewan is still there, but he is a much better prospect than Cyrus. Plus his knees are a question mark, and from his slow combine numbers, he may project better as a RT than a LT.

  31. rodh32340 says: Apr 19, 2014 2:34 PM

    This little blurb is strictly for Zack Martin’s people to read and be happy about the Fins.

  32. lawlessko says: Apr 19, 2014 3:03 PM

    Cyrus will still be there in the 2nd round after they pick CJ in the 1st.

  33. beachsidejames says: Apr 19, 2014 3:28 PM

    No way do they take this @ 19. Won’t happen.

  34. mikelitoris1 says: Apr 19, 2014 5:14 PM

    Yeah and the Dolphins were reported to want D.J. Fluker last year, all while trading up and passing on Lane Johnson. At least pretend to want a player that’s actually a good fit for your blocking scheme (then again they did draft Dion Jordan last year LOL).

  35. tvguy22 says: Apr 19, 2014 5:40 PM

    Does he respond well when people make fun of him?

  36. 305phinphan says: Apr 19, 2014 6:36 PM

    Smokescreen. No way this would “leak” out if true. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Miami draft Ebron or Mosley and disregard the offensive line in the first round all together.

  37. biglush says: Apr 20, 2014 11:36 AM

    Makes no sense targeting a RT in the first round. The value for the pick isn’t there. Player must have the ability to play LT like Taylor Lewan. Better off resolving the issue at guard by selecting the first guard in the draft.

  38. dolfan72 says: Apr 21, 2014 7:53 AM



  39. coldwater32301 says: Apr 21, 2014 10:11 AM

    At the Right Tackle position that would be a good fit for the Phins…

  40. soldyou says: Apr 25, 2014 6:59 PM

    Plz..plz..pick pryor in the 1st…
    mlb in the 2nd
    Rb in the 3rd
    ot/guard in the 4th

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