Tampa Bay Buccaneers Draft: Round Four, Pick 25 (124): LB Kwon Alexander, LSU

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The first defensive player chosen by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Jameis Winston era is out of LSU, Kwon “Alexander the Great”. I already really like this kid.

As we do on every prospect, lets get to know him a little bit. Per his NFL.com Draft Profile:

STRENGTHS

Athletic with foot quickness for quick, lateral movement from gap to gap. Shows suddenness to slip blocks and get into gaps. Can change direction immediately and has twitch to accelerate from standstill. Rangy with good play speed in open field. Determined chaser on perimeter with speed to close and finish. Competes hard. Willing to explode into second-level lineman with as much force as he can muster. Has adequate hands to stack and shed and swats away cut-block attempts. Will pop tight ends and running backs getting into their routes. Can blitz, but also flashed legitimate pass-rushing skills with intriguing dip and bend move around the edge. Immediate special-teams contributor.

WEAKNESSES

Plays upright and needs to improve his play strength in general. Field awareness is severely lacking on tape. Struggles to work outside framework of his initial play responsibility, losing sight of the ball. Allowed big plays against Auburn and Wisconsin because of these issues. Takes false steps and plays with too much wasted motion, pumping arms and chopping feet as he moves forward. Gets caught overrunning his run fit and gets washed down too easily. Needs to improve breaking down and getting feet set before attempting to strike and tackle.

DRAFT PROJECTION

Round 3

SOURCES TELL US

“He’s got the play speed you want and he will step in and be a core special-teamer, too. What you don’t love is his height and lack of length. When you dig around on him you find out that he has high character and that he’s good in the locker room.” — NFC director of college scouting “Your grade is too low on him.” – NFL executive

NFL COMPARISON

Dekoda Watson

BOTTOM LINE

Productive two-year starter who registered 90 tackles during 2014 season thanks to above-average speed and a desire to stick his nose into as many plays as possible. Alexander’s lack of instincts were ill-suited in the box, as he was too easily confused by the misdirection of offenses he faced. He’s an outside ‘backer with a chance to become a starter in a 4-3 defense. He can come in and play on special teams right away.

He’s a sideline to sideline player who can come in and be schooled up by stud Linebacker Lavonte David. He could start on special teams right away. He seems hungry. He’s from the SEC. He believes in the Lord (per his twitter).

We knew it was coming at some point, Lovie adding to his beloved defense. We sign off on this one!

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