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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Lorenzo Alexander

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 289 | College: California
 
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Overview

Alexander has a short, wide frame that could conceivably carry additional bulk. His commitment to the game is evident in the way he trains, the way he practices and the extra hours he puts in the film room. He can dominate against double teams when he stays low and uses his hands to split and stack. He has good lower-body strength, active hands, and the ability to get an edge on a blocker's shoulder to gain gap penetration.

It is rare to see him on the ground, but this will happen when he gets too high in his stance, as he is a bit late protecting his legs at times. He can operate in a three-technique due to his quick first step and good upper body strength. Lorenzo shows adequate balance when on the move. He can chase and make plays down the line, but is best working in the box, as he does not have the foot speed for long pursuit. Alexander's instincts are evident as he quickly diagnoses and reacts to traps and pulls.

When he gets a good angle, he attacks the ball carrier with violent intent. While he can make plays behind the line of scrimmage, he seems more comfortable in his role of handling combos and stacking at the point of attack. For a player of his size, he shows good quickness, along with strength and proper pad level. He plays with good body lean and has the power to stack and control. Alexander will fight pressure and stack.

While good for a quick burst, Alexander is sometimes a step away from making the play in pursuit. When he rises and gets high in his stance, he will wash past the ball. When he stays low and brings his hands up, Alexander can jolt the blocker to get him off balance and then dip to shorten the edge. On film, his ability to keep his feet moving while engaged stands out, as he shows balance and strength to collapse the pocket or beat the offensive lineman up field.

He has all the qualities I see in Brenston Buckner (Carolina), but is more refined at this stage of his career. Look for Alexander to go in the middle rounds, as some teams might get stuck on his lack of statistics. But, to truly appreciate his ability, you have to watch films to the way he combats multiple blockers, which opened the door for big plays by his teammates.

Injury Report

No injuries reported.

Track

Legal Studies major. … Son of Stephanie Moore. . … Born 5/31/83. … Resides in Berkeley, California.

High School

5.3 in the 40-yard dash. … 410-pound bench press. … 510-pound squat. … 308-pound power clean. … 24-inch vertical jump. … 31 -inch arm length. … 9 -inch hands. … Right-handed. … 24/39 Wonderlic score.

Personal

Attended Saint Mary's (Berkeley, Ca.). … Earned Super Prep All-American honors, ranking as the seventh-best defensive line recruit in the country by that service. … Ranked as the second-best defensive line prospect in the West by Prep Star, earning Dream Team status. … Picked to play on California state all-star team vs. Florida. … Finished his senior season with 120 tackles, with 17 sacks among his 25 stops behind the line of scrimmage . … Also caused five fumbles and recovered three others.

 
 

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