Feb 20, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Miami Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey speaks during a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Hickey "Interested" In Alabama's Kouandijo


If you have been keeping up with the rumor mill lately, word on the street is that Miami Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey is very interested in Alabama LT Cyrus Kouandijo.  Kouandijo was considered a top prospect at the tackle position until a lackluster combine.  He is now considered a second or middle round pick.  Despite his worth according to scouts or analysts, Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post has reported that Hickey prefers Kouandijo to the likes of Zack Martin, Morgan Moses, and even Taylor Lewan.  The question is now whether or not Hickey is pulling a trick on the league and falsifying his true feelings for Kouandijo or telling the truth.

Regardless, my thoughts on the matter are this: if the Miami Dolphins reach for Cyrus Kouandijo and select him in the first round at 19th overall, they are making a HUGE mistake.  Not only is Kouandijo injury prone, but he is also a huge question mark when it comes to his consistency.  I have seen the big man play more than a couple times in person, and I can honestly say that it appeared as though a different Cryus Kouandijo (had to include the “Cyrus” part because of his brother) played in each of those occasions.  There were times when he looked like a premiere NFL tackle, and there were times when he didn’t look fit for a high school team.  In my opinion, you do not draft someone who has consistency issues in the FIRST ROUND of any draft, let alone this draft, a draft LOADED with talent.

My message to Dennis Hickey is this: if this is a ruse, please continue.  If this is not a joke and you plan on selecting Cyrus Kouandijo, just please make sure it is not with the 19th overall pick.  Please draft the best player available (which could fill another need if not OT) such as ILB C.J. Mosley.  Be patient and be smart.  Chances are Kouandijo would be there in the second.

I realize I am not a GM in the NFL, nor am I by any means an “expert.”  But one thing I have learned during my time watching the Miami Dolphins and the NFL Draft is that consistency is key in this league.  Those teams who stick to a working plan and do not reach and take what they are given (a.k.a BPA) often dominate drafts and turn multiple draft prospects into solid players.  Dennis Hickey is facing a dilemma early on in his career as a GM.  Hopefully he will make the right move and turn this program around, one player at a time.

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  • Lee

    Keep in mind that a team’s interest in a player may be based on their current draft situation, but it may also be based on contigencies and the possibility that the team may trade down, which is a possibility with the Dolphins and Kouandijo. If they really do like him more than other tackles that may be available at 19, they may try to trade down, pick up an extra 2nd/3rd round pick, and take Kouandijo there (and thereby getting him at a spot more in line with his value). Alternatively, depending on how the draft pans out, they may realize that he could be on the board for their current 2nd round pick and plan on taking him there, while drafting another position in the 1st round (ILB, S, WR). Of course, the most likely scenario is that this is all a smokescreen.

    • Eric Roddy

      Lee, a lot of what you said is probably true, especially the smokescreen. The only problem with your theory that Hickey is praising Kouandijo and thus trying to trade down is this: the report says that Hickey likes Kounadijo more than Lewan and Martin, and would even consider taking Cyrus with these two players still on the board at 19. That does not look like an appeal for other teams to trade up with Hickey, not that I think teams will do that anyways. Anyone who trades up in this draft loses a ton! Thanks for the read and comment though.

      • DragonFly34

        As soon as I read this article, I had to laugh out loud. Talk about a very bad smoke screen, this is IT. Of course I would draft Kouandijo over CJ Mosley.

        • Eric Roddy

          DragonFly34, why??? PLease tell me why you would draft Cyrus over Mosley?

          • DragonFly34

            Eric,,,tongue firmly planted in cheek, I would take Cj Mosley over most of this yrs draft!

          • Eric Roddy

            haha DragonFly you got me good. I thought you were being serious, sorry for that blow up of mine!

          • DragonFly34

            Eric, I don’t worry about blow ups on-line,,,conveying a thought is so hard online cause we sometime miss interpret what some one else types,,,you can’t see or read emotion,having said that, tongue in cheek is one of my favorite things to do,,,lol,,,lol,,,

    • Miami Jules (Julian)

      Lee, if the Dolphins were to trade down from 19, then Miami would have 2 picks in the 2nd plus either a top 3rd round or both a 3rd round and 4th, may be 5th round pick (depending where that team picks and the trade value they come to the table with). A team would have to be out of their minds to want to do that. the 19th has a trade value of 875 points in a draft like this one, OR really be in love with a particular player to be willing to surrender that much, but don’t get me wrong, I would LOVE for Miami to trade down with Atlanta as a trading partner.

  • Dolfandave

    Hi again Eric,

    I have a hard time believing that a team would leak this out on accident. They full well know the media coverage these days.

    ddave

    • Eric Roddy

      If you are right dave, then God help this organization. Haha thanks for reading!

      • Dolfandave

        not sure why you say that, I am saying if they let that out they did so on purpose as a smokescreen

        having said that I hope we go BPA 1st round in this draft and THEN RT in the 2nd

        If this were a LT then no problem w/ the first but for a RT I really have my doubts

        Thanks

        • Eric Roddy

          Yes I agree Dave. I thought you meant that they were being serious as in not a smokescreen, so that is why I said that. My strategy is the same as yours. Lot of depth so no need to reach for a RT in the first.

          • Dolfandave

            Ok good.

            BTW have you viewed the YouTube clips of Baylor RB Lache Seastrunk and Louisville S Calvin Pryor? Seastrunk is a possible 4th rounder for us, Pryor one of the BPA types in round 1. Pryor can really lower the boom. Some of those hits would be illegal in the NFL today :). But he is interesting just due to his field prescence. Delmas is on a one year “prove it” deal so this may be a consideration. Seastrunk has that “wow” factor in terms of breaking the big runs though I admit we may be interested in more of a big back, ie Hill out of LSU who is also very interesting.

            Ok, back to work.

          • Miami Jules (Julian)

            I LOVE LOVE LOVE Pryor, AND that’s a position of need for the Phins at the same time… why a position of need? Simply stated: Finnegan. The former shut down corner/safety has had a hard time coming back after his injury, and the rookies that sit atop the depth chart order are unproven. The old “We-have-high-hopes-for-this-kid” talk will not give me the confidence not to consider the secondary as another position of need, AND there’s Jaylen Watkins, who can and has played corner and has also shown a willingness to move to safety. We could get Watkins in the 2nd round.

          • Dolfandave

            Hi Julian,

            Sorry, personally, I don’t see that. Finnegan is a corner and Pryor is a safety. Regardless though if we drafted Pryor I can see him bringing that physical prescence in the secondary for years to come. It would great to have that in our FS and I know Jones can hit too as can Delmas if he hangs around. Finnegan would be a great complement to that physical safety play because you know he is going to get under the skin of opposing receivers “IF” he is the old Finnegan. That player was a GREAT player.

            ddave

          • Miami Jules (Julian)

            Hi Dave, it doesn’t much matter what the position is in the secondary as long as it’s in the secondary, BUT Finnegan has played corner, corner/safety and safety in the past, but that’s besides the point because it’s all pass coverage, and blitzing packages so I’m not real picky whether we get a playmaker at safety or corner (preferably someone like Watkins who is a hybrid like Finnegan once was). Finnegan isn’t the only concern for me… it is the returning rookies who were out most of last year and as in the case of Taylor whom I picked last year, when on the field, wasn’t able to be very good. Your quote: from above best describes my concerns “…”IF” he is the old Finnegan.” Anything “iffy” and unproven, I consider to be an area of concern because I’m tired of losing and excusing mediocrity with “… but our best player was injured” to which I’d say, then we have to do a better job of not drafting or signing players who are either injury prone or haven’t healed from their injuries as of last time they were on the field… see what I mean? That’s why I was in favor of letting Patterson go. I loved Patterson, but he doesn’t do a lot of good if he is always on the sidelines and that’s my entire point.

          • Dolfandave

            I understand man, I have been a Dolfan for 41 seasons, started watching the team avidly in 1974! I have seen my share of losses. It’s not what I grew up watching w/ Don Shula on the sidelines and averaging 10 wins a year. Hope things will work out. I think it will as for the most part I think the O Line is a significant part of the missing pieces and we will take major strides toward fixing it.

          • Miami Jules (Julian)

            ’74? Wow… and here I thought I was the only surviving “senior”… I started watching and became a fan since Shula joined the team… haven’t missed a game since the super bowl we lost to the Cowboys in ’71.

          • Dolfandave

            Hey that’s neat. You have been watching longer than I have even. I usually see quite a bit otherwise as I am sure you have the same feeling.

          • Miami Jules (Julian)

            Yes, I have… the Dallas SB, the departure of the big 3, (Czonka, Kiik, Warfield) to the world Football League, to the snow plow incident up in New England… quite a bit indeed as I’m sure you have. It’s good running into one that goes back to those times.

  • Miami Jules (Julian)

    Nice well written article as always Eric. It sounds as smoke to me although let me restate that at one time (as you may remember) I was a rabid fan of Kuoandjio, but that was back in January and maybe February, since the Tide’s LT did not attend the SR Bowl. During the NFL Combine I quickly felt out of love with Kuoandjio and our love affair was kaput. The way it stands today, it would make a lot more sense for Miami to trade down BUT in a deep draft like this one, it may be very hard for the Phins to find a willing trading partner although there had been a rumor about the possibility of a willing trading partner to 38 overall which would’ve given the option to get someone in the general area where Kuonadjio is ranked, BUT, I would certainly not pick him and go for JaWuan James instead or because of the trade value the 19th pick has, get as many as 2 additional picks in the 2nd, which would give Miami a total of 3 picks in the 2nd, making Kuoandjio, James and maybe Jaylen Watkins possible targets… but enough about fairy tales and fantasies, that is very unlikely and if it were, then it would be both the worst and best kept secret in football, so forget it, I’d be shocked. Should Hickey get Kuoandjio at 19, then he’s a moron and not very good at not telegraphing… what do I think it’s going to happen? I can’t say because my final draft picks will be coming out anytime from today to no later than next Monday, but let me just say that it could be NOT a LT.

    • Eric Roddy

      thanks jules. I agree, if Hickey takes Kouandijo at 19, we are doomed…. It is not even that Kouandijo can’t play or wont be good, it is the unknown factor about him. And the fact that this draft is SO deep.

  • jeremy161616

    The operative word I got from the release was that Hickey liked Kuondjo as a first round talent. In that case what if Hickey still takes Mosley @19, then trades his #50 & 81 picks to get back into the first. The draft chart is very close to being perfect points wise.