2014 NFL Draft results: Buffalo Bills pick Cyrus Kouandjio after trade down

Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

The Bills recouped a mid-round pick they lost in a trade for Mike Williams, then drafted a likely starting right tackle in the second round in Alabama's Cyrus Kouandjio.

With the No. 44 overall pick (second round) in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills have selected Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio.

The move came after a trade down from No. 41 overall; the St. Louis Rams gave the Bills the No. 44 overall pick, as well as a fifth-round pick (No. 153 overall), to move up three spots. It's the second time in as many years that the Bills and Rams have swung a draft-day trade. The trade recoups a pick (sixth round, No. 185 overall) that the Bills had previously sent to Tampa Bay in exchange for receiver Mike Williams.

Despite a lackluster workout at the NFL Combine in February and, worse, a report that stated several NFL teams were worried about arthritis from a failed surgery on his knee, Kouandjio's draft stock rebounded enough for the Bills to make him an early Day 2 pick. Concerns about the knee issue linger, but Dr. James Andrews recently refuted those reports, and Kouandjio had an improved workout at his pro day. Kouandjio made a pre-draft visit with the Bills, where his knee undoubtedly was scrutinized by the Bills' medical staff.

On the field, the 6'7", 322-pound Kouandjio is an effective pass and run blocker with elite size for the position, and he should walk right into Buffalo's starting lineup at right tackle, moving ahead of veteran Erik Pears to do so.

Buffalo has one more pick to make tonight: No. 73 overall in the third round.

Rd # Team Player Pos. College
1 4 Bills (f/CLE) Sammy Watkins WR Clemson
2 44 Bills (f/STL) Cyrus Kouandjio OT Alabama
3 73 Bills
4 109 Bills
5 149 Bills
5 153 Bills (f/STL)
7 224 Bills
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