Alex Cappa

Humboldt St.
G

Prospect Info

College
Humboldt St.
Hometown
Class
Dublin, CA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 6"
305 lbs
32 5/8”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.52
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
Round 3 ‧ Pick 30
40 Yard Dash
5.39
Seconds
 
Bench Press
24
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
26.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
97.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
8.04
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.84
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
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Humboldt State has not had a player drafted by the National Football League since 1991, but Cappa's length and athleticism make it likely he will stop that streak. He won the Great Northwest Athletic Conferences' Offensive Lineman of the Year (as well as being unanimous first-team All-Conference) in all four of his seasons on the field for the Lumberjacks. Cappa only played one season on the offensive line in high school, and then redshirted his first season at Humboldt in 2013 to continue learning the position. He started all 10 games in 2014, all 12 games in 2015, all 11 games in 2016, and all 10 games in 2017. Cappa was a second-team Division II Conference Commissioner's All-American in 2016, and was named a first-team Division II All-American by the Associated Press as a senior.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
NFL Comparison
Orlando Franklin
Overview
Cappa has the size, toughness and movement skills to push his way up the draft board with a strong week of Senior Bowl practices. Conversely, a poor week of practice could bury his stock as his level of competition hasn't offered up challenges on tape to fall back on for scouts who like him. Cappa is a better run blocker than pass protector at this stage. Because of that, he could be targeted for a move to guard even though swing tackle is a reasonable fit for him as well.
Strengths
  • Overall length and thickness of lower half hit the mark
  • Plus athlete
  • Hips are loose and flexible
  • Has lateral quickness for reach and pull blocks
  • Has footwork to handle combination blocks with proper timing
  • Has agility to adjust blocks in space
  • Plays without a hitch when redirecting weight inside to capture stunting ends
  • Has power in hips to torque and turn defenders off their spots
  • Churns legs through contact and widens lanes
  • Fully functional as drive blocker and move blocker
  • Emphatic finisher snap after snap and his mean is always on
  • Has athletic talent to quick set
  • Continues to run feet and mirror edge rushers along the arc
  • Hands are violent and strong
Weaknesses
  • Hasn't faced NFL talent along the way
  • Needs to be more consistent with back-side angles as run blocker
  • At times, will default to pure mauling over technique
  • Pass slides are more segmented than fluid
  • May not gain enough ground to the edge to hold up as left tackle
  • Punch is a little delayed
  • Allows rushers to crowd his frame
  • Has some lean and head duck in his pass pro
  • Can be a little stiff-legged in his punch
  • Defenders with pop can bounce him back a step or two with their initial contact
  • Could struggle with bull-rushers

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GRADE
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