40 Days: The Ambassador of Kwon

As we countdown the days until the Bucs' 1st preseason game, we discuss a different Bucs player at length.

There has to be something significant in being the only defensive player drafted by Jason Licht and Lovie Smith during their two years with the Bucs. That is the story of former LSU LB Kwon Alexander. It has been an obvious movement by the Bucs' front office to focus on the offense, so being the lone defender drafted by the Bucs' brass could mean special things for Alexander.

Kwon Alexander comes to the Bucs as a linebacker who is an ideal fit for their scheme. Alexander is a little undersized, but makes up for his lack of size with elite speed and athleticism. Sound familiar?

Alexander enters a linebacker corps with the Bucs already with decent depth. Lavonte David and Bruce Carter are locked in as starters, and Danny Lansanah will have the edge on Alexander come training camp. Khaseem Greene, Orie Lemon, and Jason Williams round out a fairly deep linebacker group for the Bucs.

Alexander's best shot to play will be at the spot he competes most at during training camp. The likely battle will be between Alexander and Danny Lansanah at strongside linebacker. Even if Alexander does not beat out Lansanah to be a starter in 2015, Alexander should be an instant contributor on special teams.

The Buccaneers as an organization have done a terrible job drafting in the middle rounds of each draft for the last decade. In these rounds, depth can be built on a team. Hopefully, Kwon Alexander bucks that trend and gives the Bucs some much needed talent from the 4th round of a draft.


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