OT Kouandjio Classified as 'Failed Medical'

Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Might OT Cyrus Kouandjio be this years sliding star that lands in Carolina?

I'm seeing a good chance he slides down some draft boards after this:

2014 NFL combine: Bama OT Kouandjio falls after failed physical - CBSSports.com
Alabama left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio was classified as "failed medical" by some NFL teams because of concern over an arthritic knee condition. The massive Kouandjio (6-feet-7, 322 pounds) ran a 5.59 40-yard dash Saturday, with a relatively poor 21 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, as word began to leak out that his knee was a major concern. He met with the media a day after most of the offensive linemen in attendance held press sessions, which can often signal a snag in the medical evaluation. His arthritic knee is reportedly linked to a failed surgery. "I didn't get enough medical stuff done my first day here because they had me do the medical after the orientation, which pushed my whole schedule back," Kouandjio said. "It kind of threw everything off."

In fact he may slide right off some draft boards. Though Star Lotulelei's false positive heart problem is a bigger issue in the grand scheme of life, an arthritic knee on a 23 year old LT is a bigger concern to an NFL GM. Kouandjio will now need to scramble to alleviate concerns or schedule surgery to clean up the 'failed surgery' mess in his knee. This might explain why he performed poorly towards the end of the season. Makes you wonder why his agent didn't recommend surgery sooner? Maybe they thought he could hide it or was it they just didn't think it was that bad. I expect to hear more about this going forward.

So what is your initial thoughts Panther fans? Is he too risky for #28? How far would you push him down? Would you draft him like the 49ers drafted Marcus Lattimore and give him a year to get his knee straight? You might have a PB LT after that.

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