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Drafted By: Buccaneers

Combine Results

Grade
5.53 ?
  • 4.55 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 24 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 36.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 121.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.14 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.20 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Tampa Bay selects a weakside sideline to sideline player who can learn from Lavonte David. He should be a standout special teams player early in his career. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'1" Height
  • 30 1/4" Arm Length
  • 227LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands

Overview

In 2014, led team with 90 tackles, including 10 against Alabama and 11 against Notre Dame. Started 9 games at linebacker in 2013, finishing fourth on the team with 65 tackles. Broke into starting lineup in 2012, but broke his ankle and missed six games. Missed most of senior year of high school with knee injury, but had 144 tackles, 17 sacks and 6 forced fumbles as a junior. Participated in Under Armour All-American game.

Analysis

Strengths

Athletic with foot quickness for quick, lateral movement from gap to gap. Shows suddenness to slip blocks and get into gaps. Can change direction immediately and has twitch to accelerate from standstill. Rangy with good play speed in open field. Determined chaser on perimeter with speed to close and finish. Competes hard. Willing to explode into second-level lineman with as much force as he can muster. Has adequate hands to stack and shed and swats away cut-block attempts. Will pop tight ends and running backs getting into their routes. Can blitz, but also flashed legitimate pass-rushing skills with intriguing dip and bend move around the edge. Immediate special-teams contributor.

Weaknesses

Plays upright and needs to improve his play strength in general. Field awareness is severely lacking on tape. Struggles to work outside framework of his initial play responsibility, losing sight of the ball. Allowed big plays against Auburn and Wisconsin because of these issues. Takes false steps and plays with too much wasted motion, pumping arms and chopping feet as he moves forward. Gets caught overrunning his run fit and gets washed down too easily. Needs to improve breaking down and getting feet set before attempting to strike and tackle.

Draft Projection

Round 3

Sources Tell Us

"He's got the play speed you want and he will step in and be a core special-teamer, too. What you don't love is his height and lack of length. When you dig around on him you find out that he has high character and that he's good in the locker room." -- NFC director of college scouting "Your grade is too low on him." - NFL executive

NFL Comparison

Dekoda Watson

Bottom Line

Productive two-year starter who registered 90 tackles during 2014 season thanks to above-average speed and a desire to stick his nose into as many plays as possible. Alexander's lack of instincts were ill-suited in the box, as he was too easily confused by the misdirection of offenses he faced. He's an outside 'backer with a chance to become a starter in a 4-3 defense. He can come in and play on special teams right away.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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