Cyrus Kouandjio could be a risk, but the answer for the Carolina Panthers


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After being projected a first round pick, the stock on offensive tackle, Cyrus Kouandjio from Alabama is falling. According to ESPN draft analyst, Mel Kiper Jr., he believes Kouandjio is the riskiest offensive lineman to take in the draft. Kouandjio who suffered an MCL/ACL injury in his left leg in 2011, has raised red flags for many teams in the NFL.  It doesn’t stop there though for Kouandjio, at the NFL Combine he had a mediocre performance and failed multiple team physicals.

What doesn’t add up though, is that his agent Bus Cook denied these reports and Dr. James Andrews also backed up the question concerning his knee, when he told CBSSports.com that Kouandjio’s performance at the Combine — which was viewed by many analysts as disappointing — had “nothing to do with his knee situation.”

However, this could be the best thing to happen for the Panthers in the draft. With many mock drafts having him falling out of the first round Panthers could possibly get a steal in the second round if he falls to them with the 60th overall pick. Recent reports indicate that right tackle, Byron Bell could fill the void at left tackle according to Head Coach Ron Rivera. But don’t count out General Manager, Dave Gettleman who has numerously said that “hog mollies” allow you to compete. If you look at this past years draft there was a health concern with arguably the top defensive tackle , Star Lotulelei. Lotulelei, who had a heart condition that raised red flags for many teams at the NFL Combine started to drop in the draft, and the Panthers didn’t hesitate at all putting their pick in under 30 seconds. So don’t count out hearing Roger Goodell saying in the second round of the draft, “With the 60th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft the Carolina Panthers select offensive tackle, Cyrus Kouandjio, from Alabama.”

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