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.
|1||4||Bills (f/CLE)||Sammy Watkins||WR||Clemson|
|2||44||Bills (f/STL)||Cyrus Kouandjio||OT||Alabama|