-- Cyrus Kouandjio was in a joking mood when he addressed the topic at Alabama's first Pro Day.
The former Alabama left tackle promises to be all business Tuesday when he tackles the "track stuff" in front of a slew of NFL scouts.
With one month to go until the draft, Kouandjio's goal is to replace some of the crooked numbers he notched in a number of timed drills at February's NFL Combine with ones that show marked improvement
Kouandjio only went through position workouts with scouts at last month's Pro Days. Barring a change in the plans he laid out with reporters last month, he'll focus exclusively Tuesday on events such as the 40-yard dash, three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle.
"I ll go into track stuff and tell them how good of a track athlete I am," he said in March. "My goal is to show a dramatic increase from the last time I was timed, and show a lot of increase."
Kouandjio's draft stock appeared to tumble after the Combine, with many experts dropping him out of the first round entirely, but others have maintained he could be still be selected within the first 32 picks. slate Kouandjio to go 28th to the Carolina Panthers.
An NFL Network report about some teams questioning the long-term durability of Kouandjio's surgically repaired knee by responses from Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Lyle Cain, the latter of whom performed the surgery on Kouandjio's knee in 2011. Kouandjio, himself, and indicated his poor times weren't the byproduct of his knee.
"I don t ever make any excuses for stuff that happened in the past," he said. "That s out of control what I did in the past. So I m just focused on what I can do to improve."
Kouandjio won't be the only former Alabama player with something to prove.
Safety Vinnie Sunseri, offensive guard Anthony Steen and defensive end Ed Stinson are anticipated to go through a mini-Combine of sorts after missing the first two opportunities because of injuries. Cade Foster, John Fulton, Adrian Hubbard and C.J. Mosley will also participate in some fashion.
The workout will be the first for Sunseri, a projected late-round selection who missed the second half of his junior season with a torn ACL. He was cleared for straight-ahead running shortly after the Combine and has pegged April 8 as his day to "do all my stuff" for months.
"I told myself I was going to be ready by four months," Sunseri said in February. "It's been four months and I'm ready to start doing my stuff I need to do. I'm pretty persistent in myself and making myself be consistent on what I say I'm going to do. It's been really good so far."
Steen underwent shoulder surgery shortly after Alabama's Iron Bowl loss to Auburn. If he'd played through the pain once more at the Sugar Bowl, he likely would not have been ready for Tuesday's events.
Stinson dealt with a lingering groin injury throughout his senior season and it flared up on him at the Senior Bowl. He did not participate in any events at the Combine and only bench pressed at last month's Pro Day.
"I've been gaining confidence because I've been better seeing results, feeling better when I run," Stinson said in March.Not included on Tuesday's list of participants is defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan, who underwent shoulder surgery shortly after the Combine. Though he performed in a handful of positional drills at the Combine, he has yet to do any timed drills. 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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