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Ravens NFL draft candidate: Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio

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Watch some highlights of Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio.

Cyrus Kouandjio is an intriguing option for the Ravens in the first round.
Cyrus Kouandjio is an intriguing option for the Ravens in the first round.
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In its latest projection, SB Nation's Mocking the Draft has the Ravens taking Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio and here's why:

"Both of Baltimore's starting offensive tackles – Eugene Monroe and Michael Oher – are free agents. At this point in their careers, Kouandjio is better than both of them. He's a high-upside blocker who likes to get physical and maul defensive linemen. In other words, a perfect fit in the AFC North."

The Ravens do need help on the offensive line and grabbing a tackle could aid the unit. Kouandjio could play on the right side with Monroe manning the left (assuming he's re-signed and Oher walks). Kelechi Osemele would then stay at left guard with the Ravens needing to figure out what to do at center.

Kouandjio is a big, powerful tackle with a lot of upside. Highlights of linemen are tough to come by, but here's one from last year's season opener against Virginia Tech: