Vadal Alexander had to wait a little longer than expected to hear his name called.
Projected by some as a second-to-third round draft pick, the former LSU offensive lineman went to the Oakland Raiders as the 234th overall pick in the seventth round Saturday. He was the fifth Tiger taken this year, following linebacker Deion Jones, fellow offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins and cornerbacks Rashard Robinson and Jalen Mills, who was selected one pick before Alexander.
Alexander concluded his four-year stint in Baton Rouge by earning first team All-Southeastern Conference honors at right tackle. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound lineman made 46 starts, splitting time at both guard and tackle.
Despite Alexander’s experience at tackle, scouts believe the native of Buford, Georgia, fits best at guard because of his size and run-blocking ability. CBSSports.com projected Alexander as the fourth-best guard prospect in this year’s draft, but he was the 14th player at that position picked.
“If Oakland uses him properly, he’s got a shot,” ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said during the broadcast.