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2017 NFL DRAFT

Vadal Alexander, OG

School: LSU  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Buford, GA
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 326 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
11473-4

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.553.211.9325 247'11"4.908.04

Player Overview

A four-year starter for the Tigers, Alexander was a first-team All-SEC pick as a senior, when he logged more than 700 snaps, 100 knockdown blocks in 12 starts, including 10 at right tackle.

After starting nine games at right tackle as a true freshman in 2012, Alexander moved inside as a sophomore and junior, starting 25 games at left guard.

However, he moved back to right tackle as a senior, which gives NFL scouts a better idea of his best next-level position.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Alexander, who has lost 30 pounds since his freshman year, has a bright future with his natural size and strength, using better than expected mobility to get to the second level and eliminate linebackers in the run game. Adjusts well to stunts and twists with improved awareness. People mover in the run game, staying aggressive and nasty through the whistle. Sustains well at the point of attack and stays balanced. Efficient second level climber, engaging and eliminating linebackers. Strong hands with the ability to steer and control once locked on. Four-year starter, splitting his experience between right tackle and left guard - also practiced at left tackle with one career start there as a senior.

WEAKNESSES: Needs to refine his hand use to better handle moving targets. Lack of great foot speed can be exposed on the outside, and Alexander projects best back at guard in the NFL. Jumpy off the snap and needs to introduce added discipline and patience to his game. Questionable reactive athleticism and attempts to guess to make up for it. Needs to better anchor and sink to absorb speed-to-power rushers - a player his size should rarely go in reverse. Lacks a controlled punch and his hand placement requires refinement. Inconsistent body positioning and needs to improve his angles to shield run lanes. Weight and conditioning need monitored.

IN OUR VIEW: Alexander is a masher in the run game with the brute strength and bully mentality to generate movement. He moves better than expected for his size, but isn't a top athlete and will struggle in space. Alexander has reliable football character and offers experience at multiple positions, but his NFL future is likely inside at guard where he should compete for starting snaps as a rookie.

COMPARES TO: Jamon Brown, St. Louis Rams - Like Brown, Alexander can block out the sun with his body and plays with a powerful base to swallow rushers.

--Dane Brugler & Rob Rang (2/3/16)

 
 
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12/08/2015 - 2015 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL Vadal Alexander, LSU...Alexander, a four-year starter on the offensive line, has played more than 700 offensive snaps this season and posted more than 100 knockdown blocks while starting all 11 games (10 at right tackle and one at left tackle). - LSU Football
 

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