Cyrus Kouandjio seriously considered returning to Alabama, leaving brother behind was hardest part Cyrus Kouandjio makes his NFL announcement as teammates HaHa Clinton-Dix and Jeoffrey Pagan watched.
TUSCALOOSA,Alabama Perhaps it seemed easy, but Cyrus Kouandjio said his decision to leaveAlabama a year early for the NFL draft was anything but.
Theleft tackle with a first-round projection explained his methodical approachmaking the final decision. Kouandjio was one of four Alabama players who on Thursday along with HaHa Clinton-Dix, Jeoffrey Pagan andAdrian Hubbard. Alabama LT Cyrus Kouandjio discusses the factors he weighed before entering the NFL draft.said there were moments when he was leaning towards returning for one finalseason.
"There'sa lot for me to do here (that) I feel I haven't done," Kouandjio said. "Ithurts me. It's like poison in my veins to know I could finish off the yearbetter and I felt as if we had unfinished business. I felt as if we needed toreclaim order in the SEC, but I had to use my logic and my reason."
Thatmeant looking at the decision from a scientific perspective. The final call wasmade Wednesday, and though his draft forecast from the NFL came back with afirst-round grade, he said that wasn't the only factor.
"Imade a weighted average list where I had a list of things that were important tome and have a percent next to it and from 1-10 ... stuff like that," Kouandjiosaid. "I had a lot of things, just took a lot of notes, and just talked to myfamily. That was the meat of it. Just talking to my family and seeing what theythink.
"We thought the best decision for me was opening up another book of mylife and entering the NFL draft."
Hesaid several times that he had to leave emotion out of the decision, but there'splenty of it in this case. Kouandjio will leave behind older brother ArieKouandjio, his neighbor on the offensive line last season.
Hepaused and took a deep breath after being asked about that factor.
"Yes,that's probably the toughest part to be honest with you," Cyrus Kouandjio said.
Itprobably won't hit until camp, he said, but the two had an emotional discussionabout the decision after it was made.
CyrusKouandjio was a in his second season as a starter. AL.com coverage | 2013 Alabama Andrew Gribble stories, opinion, news Thank you for subscribing. You should receive your first newsletter within 24 hours. To view and subscribe to any of our other newsletters, please .
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