Raiders Take LSU Guard Vadal Alexander in 7th Round

Posted Apr 30, 2016

The Oakland Raiders have selected LSU guard Vadal Alexander in the 7th round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

2015 All-America Second Team (Walter Camp, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated)
2015 All-America Third Team (AP)
2015 All-SEC (Coaches, AP)
2015 SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week (vs. Auburn, vs. Florida)
2014 All-SEC Second Team (Coaches)
2014 SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week vs. Florida
2012 Freshman All-America Second Team (
2012 Freshman All-SEC (Coaches)

Four-year starter on the offensive line for LSU from 2012-15 … Played in 50 games in career, starting 46 times (25 at left guard, 21 at right tackle) … Helped LSU to a four-year record of 37-14, which included appearances in four bowl games … Participated in the 2016 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. … Had best year of career in 2015, earning second team All-America honors from Walter Camp, Sporting News and Sports Illustrated … Blocked for a 100-yard rusher in 28 of his 46 starts … LSU also had a 1,000-yard rusher in three of the four years he started on offensive line … Opted to bypass 2015 NFL Draft and return to LSU for his senior season … Pressed into action due to injuries as a true freshman in 2012 and made the most of his opportunity, starting the final nine games that year at right tackle … Had streak of 32 consecutive starts snapped in 2014 when he missed the Arkansas game in week 11 with an injury … Returned to the lineup the following week in win over Texas A&M … For career, played 3,033 offensive snaps with 315 knockdown blocks … Named one of four permanent team captains for LSU in 2015 in a vote of the squad after the season.

Had best season as a Tiger, earning second team All-America honors in helping LSU to a 9-3 overall mark and a 56-27 win over Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl … Earned first team All-SEC honors from both the SEC Coaches and the Associated Press … Led Tigers in offensive snaps with 810 and was second on team with 119 knockdowns … Twice named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week in wins over Auburn and Florida … Invited to participate in the Senior Bowl in January of 2016 … Helped pave the way for an LSU offense that led the SEC in rushing with 256.8 yards per game … LSU also scored 36 rushing TDs, the second-highest total in school history … Key blocker for All-America Leonard Fournette, who set the LSU single-season rushing with 1,953 yards and 22 TDs … Fournette rushed for 100-yards or more 10 times, set the school-record with four 200-yard games and led the nation in yards per game with 162.8 yards … Allowed only two sacks all year (1 vs. Arkansas, 1 vs. Syracuse) … Played every snap in 10 of LSU’s 12 games … Missed only two offensive series all year – vs. Eastern Michigan and vs. South Carolina … Named a permanent team captain and co-offensive MVP along with Fournette for the Tigers in 2015 … Had career-best 17 knockdown blocks in home win over South Carolina … Named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week after recording 13 knockdowns and helping Fournette to 228 yards and three TDs in win over Auburn … Against Florida, had 13 knockdowns on his way to earning SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for a second time in 2015 … Capped career with 66 snaps and 3.5 knockdowns against Texas Tech in Texas Bowl, a game LSU set a bowl-record for the school in total offense with 638 yards.

Played in 12 games with 12 starts, all coming at left guard … Played alongside All-America left tackle La’el Collins to give LSU one of the most dominating guard-tackle combinations in college football … Had streak of 32 straight starts snapped when he missed the Arkansas game in week 11 … Returned to action the following week when the Tigers, behind a 384-yard rushing effort, beat Texas A&M, 23-17, in College Station … Ranked third on team in total offensive snaps with 757 and was second on team with 75.5 knockdowns … Played every snap of eight games, six SEC games and the Music City Bowl against Notre Dame … Played season-high 79 snaps with 6.5 knockdowns in win over Texas A&M … Had career-best 15.5 knockdowns as LSU racked up 406 total yards in 10-7 win over third-ranked Ole Miss … Earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors for his play in LSU’s 30-27 win over Florida …Had 11 knockdowns vs. Florida as he helped pave the way for a 140-yard rushing effort by Leonard Fournette… Opened season with five knockdowns on 67 snaps in LSU’s 28-24 fourth-quarter comeback win over Wisconsin in Houston … Played all 62 snaps with seven knockdowns at Auburn; played all 81 snaps with 2.5 knockdowns in overtime loss to Alabama; and saw action on all 51 offensive snaps with 2.5 knockdowns against Notre Dame in Music City Bowl … LSU had a 100-yard rusher in six of Alexander’s 12 starts and as a team, the Tigers rushed for 250 or more yards six times with Alexander in the lineup.

Played and started all 13 games for the Tigers at left guard … Played team-high 810 snaps in 2013 which included playing every snap in 10 of LSU’s 13 games … Led team with 71 knockdowns … Had perhaps best game of career against Iowa in Outback Bowl with a then career-high 13 knockdowns in 71 offensive plays in the win over the Hawkeyes … Helped pave the way for LSU running game against Iowa that racked up 220 rushing yards, including 216 by Jeremy Hill … Had nine knockdowns in back-to-back wins over Texas A&M (74 snaps) and Arkansas (71 snaps) … Played career-best 87 plays with five knockdowns in season-opening win over TCU … Played every offensive snap in road win over Mississippi State (72 plays) and home victory over Florida (60) ... LSU had at least one 100-yard rusher in nine of his 13 starts.

Played in 13 games with nine starts at right tackle … Earned Freshman All-SEC honors and second team Freshman All-America from …Finished rookie season with 656 snaps and 49.5 knockdowns … Played every offensive snap in final nine games of the season, including 84 vs. top-ranked Alabama … First career start came in win over Towson (61 snaps, 2 knockdowns) … Followed that with first SEC start in road game against Florida (53 snaps, 3 knockdowns) … Had career-best 11.5 knockdowns in win over Ole Miss ... Followed that with team-high 7.5 knockdowns on 67 snaps in road win over Arkansas … Played outstanding overall game vs. No. 1 Alabama with 5.5 knockdowns on 84 snaps … Helped an LSU offense rack up 435 total yards (139 rushing, 296 passing) in near upset of Crimson Tide in Tiger Stadium … First extensive action of career came in win over Idaho with 32 snaps and 5 knockdowns.

One of the top offensive linemen in the nation as a senior at Buford High School in 2012 … rated him as the nation’s fifth-best offensive lineman and No. 9 overall prospect in the state of Georgia … Ranked No. 75 nationally in the ESPNU 150 … Member of Rivals 250 as he’s rated as the nation’s No. 11 offensive tackle prospect and No. 17 overall prospect in the state of Georgia … Rated the No. 11 offensive tackle by and is No. 78 on’s Southeast 150 … Superprep All-America ranked him as the 29th best offensive lineman … rated him as nation’s No. 5 offensive lineman and is ranked as 14th-best overall prospect in Georgia … Participated in the Under Armor All-American game … Consensus four-star prospect … Ranked No. 64 on the Press-Register Super Southeast 120 … Earned Georgia AA All-State first team honors as a junior and senior … Coached by Jess Simpson.

Parents are Rhonda and James Alexander … Born on March 23, 1994, in New Orleans, La. and moved to Georgia at age three … Graduated from high school in December of 2011 and enrolled at LSU for the 2012 spring semester … Participated in spring football at LSU in 2012 ... Majoring in interdisciplinary studies.