Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio will be the next DeMatha product to put on an NFL uniform. The Buffalo Bills made Kouandjio the 44th overall selection in last weekend’s NFL Draft. He was the 12th pick of the second round. Kouandjio had an opportunity to meet with the Buffalo coaching staff in the weeks […]
Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio will be the next DeMatha product to put on an NFL uniform.
The Buffalo Bills made Kouandjio the 44th overall selection in last weekend’s NFL Draft. He was the 12th pick of the second round.
Kouandjio had an opportunity to meet with the Buffalo coaching staff in the weeks leading up to the draft and believes it to be a good fit.
“It’s a great environment for me to master my craft,” said Kouandjio, who opted to forego his senior campaign at Alabama in order to enter the draft. “I love a lot of those guys over there. I love the coaches and there is a DeMatha guy down there, so it’s perfect.”
The 6-foot-7, 322-pound lineman helped guide the Crimson Tide to back-to-back BCS National Championships during his tenure at Alabama. As a junior last season, Kouandjio was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection.
At DeMatha, Kouandjio was a five-star prospect who competed in the 2011 Under Armour All-America Game.
The Cameroon native was projected as a first round pick in April 2013 but slipped into the second round due to questions surrounding a knee injury suffered in Kouandjio’s freshman campaign at Alabama.
The DeMatha graduate said he’s glad to be a Buffalo Bill and looks forward to making an immediate impact on one of the league’s top running teams.
“I take pride in running the football and I take pride in run blocking and taking a man against his will in a direction that he does not choose,” said Kouandjio.
Meanwhile, former Maryland defensive back Dexter McDougle was selected by the New York Jets in the third round with the 80th overall selection.
Former Bishop McNamara standouts Brandon Coleman and Jerome Couplin agreed to terms with NFL teams after going undrafted.
Coleman, a Rutgers wide receiver, signed a free agent deal with the New Orleans Saints and Couplin, a safety from William and Mary, has signed with the Detroit Lions.