Though, D.J. Alexander, played outside linebacker for Oregon State he will likely project as an inside backer. The Chiefs already took Ramik Wilson in round four but couldn’t pass up on the speedy backer.
The Chiefs are extremely thin at inside linebacker with Josh Mugua and James-Michael Johnson on the second tier of the depth chart. With the additions of Wilson and Alexander, once again General Manager, John Dorsey, added the potential for future starters and back-ups for his defense.
At Oregon state as an outside backer, Alexander is a sure tackler, has tremendous speed and might end up being a solid special teams addition to the roster. What makes the under-sized linebacker so special; he finds the shortest path to the ball.
That’s a key element in the NFL.
However to temper the pick slightly, Alexander climbs the scales at just under 230 pounds, and though the lower girth allows his speed to shine on the field, NFL running backs, receivers and tight ends are much stronger and harder to bring down at this level.
That means he might struggle a bit before finding his footing with the Chiefs.
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