Sep 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio (71) on the line of scrimmage during the second quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Cowboys Stadium. Alabama beat Michigan 41-14. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins Eyeing Lineman With Drafts Number 19

The Miami Dolphins have a need on the right side of the line of scrimmage.  It was perpetuated with the locker room antics last year leading the eventual trade of Jonathan Martin.  It continued to be a major problem area when Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey failed to address the position during last months free agency.  Now with their backs against the wall, it appears very real that Miami will indeed select a lineman at number 19.  If in fact you believe Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post.

Abramson is hearing that the Dolphins’ Hickey is enamored with Alabama lineman Cyrus Kouandjio.  And why shouldn’t he?  I mean all of us bloggers would love to have to write his name daily as opposed to say Zach Martin.  Not to mention that Martin could wear J. Mart’s jersey number and then guys like Brian Catanzaro, my Finsradio co-host, wouldn’t have to pitch his authentic jersey in the trash.  Oh but I do digress.

The reality here is that Miami painted themselves into a corner when they would raise their offer to former Bronco Zach Beadles.  Beadles opted to sign with Jacksonville after Miami made an offer that according to sources was between 1.5 and 2 million dollars over the life of the deal.  Small price to pay to lock down your line opposite Branden Albert.  With the Dolphins now empty on the right, there is little choice for the team to go offensive line in the first round.

At 6-7 322 pounds Kouandijio is a very big man but he has a history of knee issues and while his doctor says his knees are not an issue tell that to the knee joint holding up that 322 pound frame.  The Dolphins could look at Michigan’s Taylor Lewan who many believe will be gone or Virginia tackle Morgan Moses.  According to Abramson via his source, Hickey wants CK.

“Dennis has got a love for Kouandjio and he should be sitting there for them,” the source said.

The fact that Hickey likes CK more than Moses is interesting and telling at the same time.  New Dolphins OC Bill Lazor was Moses coach at Virginia.  Abramson pointed out that his source said there are concerns over his off-field issues and work ethic.

Of course it is the time of year where black curtains and smoke signals are tossed out to any journalist willing to write about it.  That easily could be the case here.  Or Hickey could be trying something completely different, leaking his actual interest in an effort to throw everyone off into another direction entirely.


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  • Miami Jules (Julian)

    I’m surprised Cat hasn’t actually burned his Martin shirt yet… I used to love Kuoandjio because I had seen some of his tapes plus the many nationally televised games I’d watched, but then there was the combine and my love affair ended in bitter disappointment. I like several 2nd rounders for the OL, but I don’t see how the Phins could land a 1st round OL unless we traded up which is a really bad idea or trade down which is a really bad idea for the trading partner and not likely to happen during a deep draft year, so that would leave Miami having to pick an OL way too early in order to get someone for that position in the 1st or perhaps being surprised , along with the rest of the world, by an unexpected drop by Lewan on draft day, which although surprising, wouldn’t be at all shocking given Lewan off filed liabilities. I think we should just be patient and get someone in the 2nd and IF we found someone desperate enough, trade out of the 1st altogether and get 2 players in the 2nd. I like JaWuan James in the 2nd, Mewhort could be someone for the 3rd… I also like Billy Turner.

    • tpl

      Hickey isn’t wedded to drafting a lineman at 19. Its a possibility. I think martin is a good selection there, but may be gone. Kouandjio miami could pick up in the late second. No way do I see miami drafting him in round 1.

      • Miami Jules (Julian)

        I hope we stay away from Kuoandjio… yes, he’s got incredible size, tailor made for the position, but size alone means very little… case & point, Brent Grimes and Jonathan Martin, one is undersized and excels, the other one has the size but… well, we all know about him. I personally would NOT want Miami to get Martin (the other Martin) at 19, much rather go in a different direction. Ideally, I would love for a situation that would put Miami trading down from the first round altogether, which would give Miami a total of like 3 picks in return (including our existing 2nd RD pick), we could make an actual killing. I like JaWuan James and Jack Mewhort and a whole bunch of other people wo are projected to go in the 2nd and 3rd rounds.

  • Patrick Keegan

    Wonder if we could pull off a trade for our 1st rd pick in this years draft for a quality lineman. Dont know for who though.just a thought.