2014 NFL Draft: Tackle Prospects You Should Know

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Cyrus Kouandjio – 6’6 310lbs – Alabama

Cyrus Kouandjio has been quite the talking point when it comes to the Alabama Crimson Tide’s offensive line. In 2012, he replaced a well-respected Barrett Jones at left tackle moving Jones to center. In 2011, Barrett Jones had won the Jacob’s Blocking Trophy as the SEC’s best lineman, which says a lot about what Nick Saban thinks of Kouandjio. He is a naturally gifted athletic prospect who may draw comparisons to previous Alabama lineman Chris Samuels, who was the 3rd overall pick in 2000 and a Pro-Bowler for the Washington Redskins. The Alabama offensive line lost three starters in last years draft including D.J. Fluker and Chance Warmack, but they haven’t seemed to miss a beat. Alabama is still undefeated and will likely remain so for the rest of the year. Kouandjio is the last of the previously mentioned top three offensive lineman prospects.

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  • Stacy D. Smith

    Hurst’s a mountain in a football uniform.

    • Jeff Grasser Jr

      Big boy

  • berttheclock

    As long as Trezelle Jenkins, Jr is NOT going to opt for the NFL.
    Good mention of Kyle Long, who was the 3rd guard taken in the draft, largely, due to his only having one full year of experience at Nike U. He is six six, 315 pounds, has great feet and can both pull, or pass block. He could be moved to tackle by Chicago down the road. One of the knocks on many tall offensive linemen is defenders can get under their pads and move them. Geez, horrors of horrors as I recall my misguided youth and a bar fight, but, that tall guy sure did flop and his bluster became long gone.

    • Jeff Grasser Jr

      Kyle Long is awesome…I really liked him at the combine…Kyle Long and Jonathan Cooper were my stand outs at the combine…I feel bad for Cooper getting injured in the preseason…I was really looking forward to watching him play

  • berttheclock

    BTW, Kyle Long is not related to Jake Long. He is the son of Howie Long and his brother plays for the Rams.

    • Jeff Grasser Jr

      Ah crap! Thanks man, I’ll fix that immediately!

    • P Heitman

      Long story short (terrible pun, I know, but I couldn’t resist) – Jake Long (LT) and Chris Long (DE) play for the Rams. Jake (LT) is not related to Howie. Chris (DE) and Kyle (Bears G) are. Very confusing. Especially when you consider Jake and Chris went 1-2 in the 2008 draft.

      • Jeff Grasser Jr

        I love puns! That was awesome haha

  • berttheclock

    That Hurst effort against Clowney might be a bit skewed, as it was 96 degrees on the field and Clowney had a stomach virus. He did block Clowney, but, Clowney kept pushing him backwards into the QB. Clowney did not play the entire game, left it for awhile, only to come back and play on the other side. He did not have a sack going against the NC RT, but, did make a quick step and force an errant pass.
    But, next years draft should be very interesting at the top. Excellent QBs, excellent defensive players and, as you have noted, excellent offensive tackles. The co-ords for the top drafting teams should really drool.

    • Jeff Grasser Jr

      That’s true, it looks good on his resume though! I really hope that Clowney doesn’t end up in the AFC West but all the mocks are sending him to Oakland with Pryor being servicable :

  • Jim Harper

    I am sorry, but it is way too early for me to get into next years draft not knowing what our needs will be and where we will be in the draft. If we make the playoffs this year then our draft position falls dramatically as well. Bring this topic up again in the end of December.

    • Jeff Grasser Jr

      I’m not talking about who I think the Chiefs should draft. I’m just getting everyone familiar with prospects. I’m doing every position, four players per position. Next week is tight ends. I’m not linking any one of these prospects to the Chiefs. I’ve already done QB’s, centers, and guards.

    • Jeff Grasser Jr

      By the time December rolls around, I’ll have analyzed four players in each position for everyone to read