08/19/2014 - LSU's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 4. OG Vadal Alexander, Junior...A brute in the running game, Alexander made the switch from right tackle to left guard a year ago and paired with Collins to form one of the most dominant left sides in college football. He enters his junior campaign with 22 career starts (13 at left guard, nine at right tackle) already under his formidable belt and is expected to contend for all-conference accolades in Year Two of the position switch.
As you might anticipate given his 6-foot-6, 342 pound frame, opponents struggle to match Alexander's girth and power. He simply overwhelms opponents with his size and shows impressive strength to lock out and drive defenders off the ball when he keeps his feet moving. Alexander does get into the bad habit of bending at the waist as he tires and has just average initial quickness off the snap. As such, defensive tackles too often were able to stand him up at the line of scrimmage, making Alexander quite a road-block for his backs to avoid. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/19/2014 - LSU's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 4. OG Vadal Alexander, Junior...Alexander carried too much weight around his middle a year ago and by losing some of it he likely would be quicker. Alexander is so broad (and possesses long arms) that he holds up well in pass protection as this level but quicker pass rushers gave him problems and he lacked the agility to consistently reach his target when asked to pull in the running game. With greater commitment to conditioning, Alexander can be a very effective player -- especially in a power scheme like the one LSU employs. He'll be switching from jersey No. 78 to No. 74 this fall, the number he wore in high school. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/09/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON OUTLAND TROPHY AWARD WATCH LIST: G Vadal Alexander, LSU...Played and started all 13 games for the Tigers at left guard in 2013... Played team-high 810 snaps in 2013 which included playing every snap in 10 of LSU's 13 games ... Led team with 71 knockdowns ... Had perhaps best game of career against Iowa in Outback Bowl with career-high 13 knockdowns in 71 offensive plays in the win over the Hawkeyes. - LSU football
08/09/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): OL Vadal Alexander, LSU (112)...Enters third year as a starter on the offensive line for the Tigers in 2013 ... One of four returning starters up front for LSU this year ... Will likely be in line for postseason awards as he's one of the most experienced and productive offensive guards in the SEC ... Pressed into action due to injuries as a true freshman in 2012 and made the most of his opportunity ... Overpowers defensive lineman with size and strength ... Powerful run blocker who also excels in pass protection ... Has played in 26 games with 22 starts (13 at left guard, 9 at right tackle) during his career, which includes 13 appearances and nine starts as a true freshman. - LSU football
07/24/2014 - Changes coming to NFL Draft underclassmen rule...In an effort to regulate the number of underclassmen declaring for the NFL Draft, the league is in the process of initiating new protocols to improve the information provided to college prospects so they can make informed decisions. According to an NFL.com report, NFL Executive Vice President Troy Vincent sent a memo to college coaches this week outlining new rules for the way underclassmen (at least three years removed from high school) can get request information. Among the guidelines are two fundamental changes: who can request a grade and the grades that are provided by the College Advisory Committee (CAC).
To this point, any draft-eligible underclassman could request an NFL grade from the board - with close to 250 underclassmen asking for feedback for the 2014 NFL Draft. Now, each school is limited to no more than five players who can submit for draft grades. However, some schools can ask for more than five in special situations. The other major change is the draft grade underclassmen receive from the advisory board. In the past, there were five categories: first round, at least second round, at least third round, fourth-sevenths rounds or undrafted. Now, there will be only three: first round, second round or stay in school. "We want the kid to make an informed decision," Vincent said, per NFL.com. "Use our resources, make an informed decision. Each institution has those resources for every prospect and every head coach. The numbers and the facts speak for themselves." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
07/24/2014 - Changes coming to NFL Draft underclassmen rule...There is a variety of reasons why players decide to declare early for the NFL, and most of them are financially driven. But the NFL believes more players will think twice about leaving school early with the new guidelines, and it will give college coaches more discussion points when attempting to convince players to stay in school. The first news of these changes came at SEC Media Days this week when Alabama head coach Nick Saban alluded to the revised process. No conference has suffered more early declarations in recent years than the SEC, especially the top programs including Alabama and LSU.
But with the growing number of underclassmen making the jump early, so is the number of players going undrafted and not making an NFL roster while leaving college eligibility on the table. The number of underclassmen declaring early for the NFL Draft hovered at approximately 50 per year over the past decade, but the number has grown each of the past six years, including a record 98 for the 2014 NFL Draft. In 2012, 82 percent of underclassmen who declared early were drafted, followed by 70 percent in 2013 and only 62 percent for the 2014 class. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com