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.

40 responses to “Report: Dolphins targeting Cyrus Kouandjio in the first round

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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).

  16. 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.

  17. 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.



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