Cyrus Kouandjio

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Cyrus Kouandjio
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Kouandjio with the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2012
No. 71 Buffalo Bills
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1993-07-21) July 21, 1993 (age 23)
Place of birth: Cameroon
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight: 322 lb (146 kg)
Career information
High school: Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 2 / Pick: 44
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2016
Games played: 25
Games started: 7
Player stats at

Cyrus Berenice Kouandjio (/ˈkwɑːn/ KWAHN-joh) (born July 21, 1993) is a Cameroon-born American football offensive tackle for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Bills in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Alabama.[1]

High school career[edit]

Kouandjio attended DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, where he played football for the Stags program. He competed in the 2011 Under Armour All-America Game.[2] Kouandjio, a five-star and consensus top offensive line prospect in the nation by, ESPN,, and SuperPrep, received offers from over sixty schools, including: Alabama, Auburn, New Mexico, USC, and Iowa.[3] He was the fourth-ranked prospect in the recruiting class of 2011.[4]

On National Signing Day, Kouandjio announced on ESPNU that he would attend Auburn University.[5] Later that day it was reported that he had second thoughts about his choice and was still undecided.[6] Then on February 5, 2011, three days later, Kouandjio's brother Arie announced on his Twitter account that Cyrus would attend the University of Alabama.[7][8]

College career[edit]

In 2011, Kouandjio contributed as a true freshman, playing in eight games until a knee injury in the second half against Tennessee ended his season.[9]

In 2012, Kouandjio started all 14 games at left tackle. He had the least number of career starts on the Alabama offensive line in 2012. In the 2013 BCS National Championship Game against Notre Dame, Alabama repeatedly ran to the left behind Kouandjio, contributing to 265 net yards rushing and 5.9 yards per rush. On Alabama's third drive Kouandjio pancake blocked Notre Dame defensive end Sheldon Day.[10][11] Kouandjio ended the 2012 season ranked as the top offensive tackle from the 2011 recruiting class.[12]

As a junior in 2013, Kouandjio was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection.[13] After the season, he decided to forego his senior season and entered the 2014 NFL Draft.[14]

Professional career[edit]

As early as April 2013, Kouandjio was projected as one of the top selections in the 2014 NFL Draft.[15]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 6¾ in 322 lb 35⅝ in 10¼ in 5.59 s 1.93 s 3.19 s 4.84 s 7.71 s 27½ in 8 ft 0 in 21 reps
All values from NFL Combine[16]

He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.[17] He became the fifth Alabama offensive linemen selected in the first two rounds in six years, after Andre Smith, James Carpenter, Chance Warmack, and D. J. Fluker.

Kouandjio suffered an ankle injury near the start of the 2016 season, causing him to miss multiple weeks.[18] He went on to play 12 games with five starts in 2016.

On January 26, 2017, Kouandijo suffered a hip injury after falling in his home and underwent surgery. He was expected to recover in time for training camp.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Kouandjio's older brother, Arie, played at Alabama and plays offensive guard for the Washington Redskins.[20] Cyrus is married to his college girlfriend, Elizabeth Van Zandt who was also an athlete at the University of Alabama.[21] On April 20, 2017, Kouandjio was found undressed by deputies and firefighters in Elma, New York. Kouandjio required medical attention in an undisclosed condition, and was granted first-aid. Kouandjio formally turned himself in, avoiding his arrest.[22][23]


  1. ^ Halley, Jim (October 25, 2010). "Colleges clamor for Cameroon-born lineman Kouandjio". USA Today. 
  2. ^ Dominant duo becomes talented trio
  3. ^ ESPNU - Cyrus Kouandjio
  4. ^
  5. ^ Cyrus Kouandjio announces for Auburn
  6. ^ Cyrus' Circus
  7. ^ Twitter - Ariekouandjio
  8. ^ Cyrus Bama Bound
  9. ^ Gould, Izzy (October 24, 2011). "Cyrus Kouandjio to undergo season-ending surgery". 
  10. ^ Alabama Oline vs Notre Dame 2013
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  12. ^
  13. ^ "2013 All-SEC Football Team Announced". SEC Digital Network. December 10, 2013. 
  14. ^ Bama loses four to NFL draft
  15. ^ Jones, Lindsay H. (April 27, 2013). "Never too early: 2014 NFL draft's top prospects". USA Today. 
  16. ^
  17. ^ Bills get B- for taking Cyrus Kouandjio at No. 44
  18. ^ "Cyrus Kouandjio explains why he can't protest during the national anthem". Retrieved 2016-12-22. 
  19. ^ Patra, Kevin (January 26, 2017). "Bills OT Cyrus Kouandjio has surgery after hip injury". 
  20. ^ Alabama Crimson Tide linemen Cyrus and Arie Kouandjio just 'regular kids'
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  22. ^ "Bills' Kouandjio in hospital after bizarre incident". Retrieved 2017-04-20. 
  23. ^ Knoblauch, Austin. "Cyrus Kouandjio found by deputies in field, gets first aid". NFL. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 

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