Photo of Vadal Alexander
Drafted By: Raiders

Combine Results

Grade
5.59 ?
  • 5.57 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 25 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 95.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 8.04 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.90 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

This is another behemoth interior road grader for the Raiders offensive line. He's a very solid depth addition who should stick. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'5" Height
  • 35 1/4" Arm Length
  • 326LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/2" Hands

Overview

After starting for two years next to La'el Collins at left guard (earning second-team All-SEC honors as a junior), Alexander moved back to right tackle (where he earned freshman All-American honors in starting the final seven games in 2012) for his senior year. He played well enough on the outside to earn first-team All-SEC honors in 2015. Alexander shed at least 30 pounds since arriving on campus, giving him a shot to stay at tackle when he arrives in the NFL. Otherwise, he projects as a powerful inside player.

Analysis

Strengths

Mammoth frame will give him a size advantage over just about everyone he lines up against. Is at his best as a downhill blocker. Natural power that just needs to be harnessed and unlocked. Can cave in defenders with his down­blocks and has power in his hands to jolt linebackers when he can square them up. Has enough leg drive to generate movement as a base blocker when his pad level is right. Has the frame and natural power to anchor up against bull­ rushers as a guard. Massive frame includes long arms that can control a defender when he gets his hands on defender first. Has length and upper body strength to help him recover against inside moves to the A-gap.

Weaknesses

Very slow, plodding feet. Has issues redirecting himself to handle sudden change of direction by the defender and his lack of lateral quickness forces him into a phone booth on the next level. Struggles to get good angles on second level blocks. Below average balance and overall body control. Lower body stiffness and limited bend is a concern. Doesn't bring feet under him after contact so he struggles to secure blocks. On combo blocks, has a low connection rate when climbing up to linebackers. Too passive out of stance, failing to fire into defender and take control of the rep. Only a guard prospect -- not athletic enough to play tackle. Bad habit of using wide, corralling hands in pass pro rather than using his length and hands as instruments of force. Continued tape study shows too many mental mistakes in both run and pass.

Draft Projection

Round 3

Sources Tell Us

"Watch him play and you'll notice that his man is always around the play. You hardly ever see him still blocking his man when the whistle blows because he can't sustain blocks. All the size and power in the world won't matter if you can't keep putting it on the guy across you." -- AFC College Director of Scouting

NFL Comparison

John Jerry

Bottom Line

Teams will no doubt be intrigued by Alexander's length, size and power, but this year should have proved that his only position in the pros is at guard and that his lack of athleticism could limit which teams will consider him in the draft. Alexander has enough power in tight quarters to win one­-on-­one battles, but his lack of balance and functional footwork will diminish his success rate as a block finisher. It might be Alexander's best interest to lean down in an attempt to improve his quickness and overall body control if he is to become a consistent, NFL player.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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