The Future is Now for The Miami Dolphins… or Basic Principals of Keynesian Economics
Here is a pretty in-depth look at Kouandijo, courtesy of Rob Rang of nfldraftscout.com :
“STRENGTHS: Kouandjio is light on his feet, flexible, has broad shoulders and his arms are both long and strong. His weight is evenly distributed over his frame and he reportedly has just 16 percent body fat, an impressive number for any offensive lineman.
He is quick off the snap and has the lateral agility to slide left to right. Kouandjio uses his athleticism in pass protection well but he’s even more impressive as a run blocker, consistently out-quicking defenders to create lanes. Kouandjio relies on good placement, strong hands and an explosive jolt to turn and sustain defenders.
Perhaps most impressive is that Kouandjio plays at different speeds well. He shows very good patience in pass protection but can fire off the ball when needed. He possesses exciting quickness and mobility when blocking on the move, traits Coach Nick Saban and his staff took advantage of by asking the LT to pull and lead RBs, on occasion.
WEAKNESSES: Choppy sliding into pass protection and has a tendency to drop his head upon contact, although he was significantly improved as his second season as a starter progressed in 2013. Excellent run blocker, although not a true mauler.”
It is my opinion that Cyrus Kouandijo must be the primary target for the Miami Dolphins with their 1st pick and while Rob Rang has him slated to go by 13, Dane Brugler has him going at 19 which would play right into the Dolphins wish list, without the need of a draft trade. It is also in my opinion that the physical and athletic skills of this young player should make him the priority pick for the Dolphins. Should a small upward move in the draft in order to secure him be necessary, it would be well worth its price.