Atlanta Falcons: Should they look at OT Cyrus Kouandijo?
The Buffalo Bills recently released offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandijo, a former second round pick. Should the Atlanta Falcons kick the tires to fill a need?
On Wednesday, May 24, former 2014 second-round pick Cyrus Kouandijo was released by the Buffalo Bills. Though an injury-riddled career thus far certainly had something to do with it, the released was likely in response to an odd incident from April 20, 2017 when Kouandijo was found undressed and requiring medical attention in a field.
Now that he’s available on the market, should the Atlanta Falcons bring him in as a possible backup swing tackle?
He’s played in 25 out of a possible 48 games in his three-year career, including seven starts. He has played both left tackle and right tackle at both the college and NFL level, though most believe his best fit is at RT in the pros. He was the 12th pick of the second round in 2014 (#44 overall) — which obviously proves there’s some talent there.
He’s young (24 when the next season starts) and still has a lot of raw ability. The big offensive lineman also played at Alabama, which is a highly respected program that has produced a lot of NFL talent over the years. With Tom Compton moving on in free agency, Atlanta currently only has undrafted rookie free agents to compete for the backup offensive tackle role, so Kouandijo would fill a need.
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On the other hand, the incident last month is troubling, and he’s consistently struggled with injuries in his short career. His technique was not the greatest coming out of college, and he was also viewed as a better fit in a power scheme than the zone-stretch scheme the Falcons employ.
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