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Vadal Alexander | Tackle

Team: LSU Tigers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/23/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 340

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Raiders selected LSU OG Vadal Alexander with the No. 234 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.
Alexander (6'5/326) made 46 career starts for LSU, 25 at left guard and 21 at right tackle. He earned second-team All-American honors as a senior. Long armed (35 1/4") with huge hands (10 1/2"), Alexander is a downhill power blocker who underachieved on college tape, too often failing to sustain blocks and consistently struggling with edge speed. Alexander's best chance to hang in the NFL will be as a mauling, phone-booth guard. Sat, Apr 30, 2016 06:08:00 PM

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Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo called LSU OL Vadal Alexander "a late Day 3 prospect, at best."

Ouch. Over the past two seasons, Alexander graded out No. 96 among offensive tackles in this draft class according to PFF's metrics. That's not all: He had the second most penalties, with 12. His run blocking is a bit better, but it's not elite, ranking No. 33 over that span among draft-eligible Ts. Alexander will transition to guard in the NFL, but PFF isn't a fan of his game even there. "For a guard ... we'd like to see more dominance at the point of attack," it concluded.
Sat, Apr 16, 2016 09:41:00 AM

An AFC College Director of Scouting was dismissive of LSU OL Vadal Alexander.

"Watch him play and you'll notice that his man is always around the play," he said. "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." NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein compares the 6-foot-6, 340-pound Alexander to John Jerry. "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," Zierlein wrote. "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."
Thu, Feb 18, 2016 12:28:00 PM

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay noted that LSU OL Vadal Alexander "can create a new line of scrimmage as a run blocker."

"[Alexander] has some athletic limitations," McShay wrote, "but is overpowering at the point of attack." The longtime analyst also noted that the 6-foot-6, 340-pounder has shown more mettle as a guard than tackle, which backs up the general consensus that's been floating about. Not only does that seem to be his more natural fit, he also has more experience there, as he was just moved to tackle this past season. Should he become more polished at pass protection? In McShay's eyes, "it's over."
Sun, Jan 31, 2016 12:04:00 PM

LSU senior OL Vadal Alexander accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Alexander spent the past few years as a devastating force at guard before kicking to right tackle this fall. No doubt he'd hope to prove to the NFL that he had the feet to play outside, but questions remains on that front. The consensus seems to be that Alexander is guard-bound in the pros, but you can bet evaluators will try him out at both spots in Mobile.
Source: Senior Bowl
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 03:50:00 PM

LSU senior OL Vadal Alexander has been invited to the Senior Bowl.

Alexander has moved around LSU's offensive line throughout his career, a common occurrence for Tiger blockers. Alexander spent his final season at right tackle, but could be moved inside in the NFL. Expect him to see snaps at both spots in Mobile, AL.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 08:58:00 AM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell reports that NFL sources are telling him LSU senior RT Vadal Alexander's "feet, body type, and skill set" are going to make "a move to guard ... necessary."

Alexander moved from guard to right tackle this season ostensibly to improve his draft stock, but if Campbell's sources are right, he's going to headed right back to guard once he gets drafted. "One senior scout told me that he felt that Alexander's weight was an issue that would need to be monitored steadily," Campbell wrote. Alexander still has games left against Ole Miss (Robert Nkemdiche and Marquis Haynes) and Texas A&M (Myles Garrett and Daeshon Hall). "If he is lights out the final month of the season, more evaluators will consider him as a potential right tackle, but right now, teams see him as moving to guard in the NFL," Campbell wrote.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 09:41:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes LSU senior RT Vadal Alexander "has some issues in space as a pass blocker, which is why his NFL future is likely inside at guard."

"Alexander, who is experienced at both guard and tackle, is a mauler in the run game with heavy hands and the core strength to generate movement at the point of attack," Brugler wrote. LSU's most experienced lineman has played in a total of 45 games, with 41 starts on his resume. Alexander will have a tough match up this weekend against Alabama's junior DE Jonathan Allen.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 02:05:00 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein remains dubious that LSU senior RT Vadal Alexander "has the athleticism to project as a tackle rather than a guard at the next level."

Alexander kicked out to right tackle for his senior season, reportedly to show NFL scouts he was able to play outside in the pros, but Zierlein doubts his ability to do so. "Alexander rarely had to pass set against Auburn defenders pinning their ears back on Saturday," he wrote. "Alexander struggled to get good angles on second-level blocks, but he didn't struggle with his power. He was able to make defensive tackles cave in with his down blocks and jolted linebackers when he got his hands on them. I still see Alexander as a powerful, drive-blocking right guard in a power scheme in the pros."
Wed, Sep 23, 2015 09:23:00 PM

LSU senior RT Vadal Alexander "has a bright future with his natural size and strength," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.

"However, he is projected to move back to right tackle as a senior, which will give NFL scouts a better idea of his best next level position. Regardless, 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," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-6, 326-pound Alexander dropped 15 pounds during the offseason to improve his footwork. Alexander, LSU's most seasoned lineman, has played in a total of 38 games, with 34 starts on his resume.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Aug 26, 2015 02:25:00 PM

LSU senior RT Vadal Alexander has dropped 10 lbs and six waist sizes this offseason.

His body fat percentage dropped from 27 to 20 percent. Alexander is taking his transition from left guard to right tackle seriously. LSU also has a new left tackle in Gerald Hawkins. Expect Les Miles to really focus on the ground game, as always, and then use his receivers to attack coverages along the sidelines.
Wed, Aug 19, 2015 09:47:00 AM

LSU senior G/T Vadal Alexander "could be a first-round pick as a guard, but success at right tackle this season is crucial for Alexander to prove he can succeed as a pass protector playing outside," believes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Reuter ranks him as the class' No. 7 overall senior prospect. The 6-foot-6, 320-pounder dropped 15 pounds this offseason to work on getting "quicker feet and improve[d] footwork," Senior Bowl Scout Patrick Woo recently reported.
Sat, Aug 15, 2015 08:05:00 PM

LSU senior G/T Vadal Alexander "is one of the SEC's best linemen and will be a key factor in Leonard Fournette's development at tailback," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"Alexander is a valuable player wherever LSU has needed him in its physical offense," Brown wrote. "After starting nine games at right tackle as a freshman, he has started 25 games the last two seasons at left guard. Now, he's back at right tackle for his senior campaign, with La'el Collins gone." The college football analyst grades the 6-foot-6, 320-pound Alexander as the No. 69 overall player in the sport.
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 10:47:00 PM

LSU senior G/T Vadal Alexander's "natural bulk and quickness make him a force in the run game and solid in pass protection," according to NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Alexander will slide to right tackle this fall after playing LG the past two seasons. He's been working hard this summer to get ready for the change. The 6-foot-6, 320-pounder has "dropped 15 pounds" and is "working to get quicker feet and improve footwork," Senior Bowl Scout Patrick Woo recently reported.
Sun, Jul 19, 2015 05:22:00 PM

Senior Bowl Scout Patrick Woo notes that LSU senior G/T Vadal Alexander has "dropped 15 pounds" and is "working to get quicker feet and improve footwork."

The LSU prospect is sliding back outside to right tackle for the Tigers this season. The 6-foot-6, 320-pounder spent the last two seasons playing inside at left guard. Alexander started his career at right tackle, where he earned Freshman All-American honors. One of LSU's most seasoned lineman, Alexander, has played in a total of 38 games, with 34 starts on his resume.
Thu, Jul 16, 2015 02:23:00 PM