Cyrus Kouandjio: "Always ready to compete"

Posted May 9, 2014

After being picked 44th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Bills, offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio shared his reaction with the media.

OT Cyrus Kouandjio Conference Call

Friday, May 9, 2014 

Q: Congratulations.
A: Thank you, thank you. I appreciate it. 

Q: You had to wait a little bit, but what was your reaction to being drafted and coming to Buffalo?
A: Yes sir. You know what? I think that is where I need to be.

Q: Why do you feel that way?
A: It’s a great environment for me to master my craft. 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.

Q: What were your impressions of the coaching staff when you had a chance to meet them?
A: I thought they were really down to earth. We went to a dinner and it was like the whole table filled with the coaching staff, so we had a good time. I think they’re pretty good.

Q: You seem to be a man on a mission at your pro day. Can you outline what you’ve tried to do to dismiss the concerns about your knee?
A: Well first of all, when all the articles came out about my knee, the doctors that did it were pretty well known and they really had a great track record and they cleared it up for me. Letting people know that no, in fact nothing is wrong with my knee. I didn’t really think too much about it. I didn’t know it was going to impact me that crazy, but I’m glad everything happens for a reason, so I’m here in Buffalo.

Q: At your pro day didn’t you do line drills for over an hour?
A: Yes sir, I did. I did it with the Chargers coach, but that’s what I do for my profession.

Q: What are your thoughts about playing for a team that was second in total rushes last year?
A: That’s great for me. 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.

Q: How ready do you feel you are to step in right away?
A: You know what? I never have that type of mindset. I’m always ready to compete and I do have respect for the guys that were already down there. I’m coming down there to compete. 

Q: You played on the left side at Alabama. What are your thoughts about flipping over to the right?
A: I will play left, right, in and out, it doesn’t matter.

Q: How do you feel playing for Nick Saban helps you be ready for the NFL?
A: Yes sir. It’s a tough environment and a tougher program and you see that helps guys that come on of that program go high, we hope, every draft. I appreciate going through that program.

Q: Do you know Marcell Dareus at all?
A: Yes I do. I don’t know him too personally, but I know him. Yeah I do.