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Kwon Alexander, LB
Fourth round, 124th overall
Kwon Alexander is a fourth-round pick who could potentially supplant Danny Lansanah as the starting strong side linebacker when the 2015 season rolls around. That was the speculation just a few days after the draft concluded.
During rookie camp, Alexander proved that he can make an immediate impact in the Buccaneers’ linebacking corps, showing off the type of speed (4.55 in the 40 at the Combine) that put him near the top of the team’s draft board. But it wasn’t just his quickness that made the LSU product a top priority. Cue everyone’s favorite word: intangibles. Following Day 2 of the draft, Licht raved about the type of things you won’t see on film.
"“He plays very fast. He’s a very serious guy; he loves football. We really enjoyed our interviews with him. He mentioned in one of our interviews how he prepares. He’s very diligent about everything and he just loves football. How he’ll just pack his suitcase on Monday for the weekend road trip. I mean he’s an interesting guy and fun to talk to; it’s just all business. That’s what this football team needs.”"
So far, Alexander is garnering attention for his play, hustle and skill.
If Alexander is unable to move Lansanah off the starting spot, there will definitely be a place for the Buccaneers to utilize his talents. With the help of linebackers coach Hardy Nickerson, Kwon will have an opportunity to take the strong side spot in the near future. With a skill set much like Lavonte David and Bruce Carter, the Bucs could have a three aggressive and quick linebackers flying around the field and properly executing the Tampa 2 scheme for years to come.