Risk: Injury and durability concerns
Once thought of as a surefire first-rounder, Alabama's Cyrus Kouandjio put on an underwhelming performance at the NFL Scouting Combine all while a report from NFL media insider Ian Rapoport surfaced that Kouandjio failed several team physicals due to an arthritic knee.
Last month, Dr. James Andrews told CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora that there is no issue with Kouandjio's knee. Andrews also sent a medical update to all 32 NFL teams.
The Redskins were in attendance for Kouandjio's pro day last week in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and the 6'7'', 322-pound All-American, whose knee held up just fine, seemed happy with his performance, via NFL.com's Chase Goodbread:
I just wanted to show them that I have pretty good stamina. That type of stuff, you can work on it, you know? On the field work, I think I showed I have talent and skill. I think it was a good workout today.
At the very least, Washington needs depth at right tackle. Of the 80 offensive tackles that Pro Football Focus (subscription required) graded in 2012—the year the Redskins won the NFC East—Tyler Polumbus was No. 77.
Last season, Polumbus' improved play propelled him to PFF's No. 19 tackle, yet Washington was 3-13. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle, and the Redskins wouldn't have made an effort to sign Donald Penn this offseason, via The Washington Post's Mike Jones, if they didn't feel the position could be upgraded.
The risk involved in drafting Kouandjio cannot be ignored but neither can the potentially massive reward.