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Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander, left, and safety Jalen Mills are ready to take part in the NFL combine.

INDIANAPOLIS — Kwon Alexander said his decision to leave LSU a year early was difficult. But it was time to leave.

A factor in Alexander’s decision was the departure of defensive coordinator John Chavis, who went to Texas A&M.

An athletic outside linebacker who led the Tigers with 90 tackles last year, Alexander said the pre-draft process has been “long and crazy,” but he’s enjoying it.

“It’s a blessing to be here, so I’m taking it all in and having fun with it,” Alexander said Friday at the NFL combine.

He has meetings scheduled with at least 10 teams and has received from advice from former LSU defensive tackle Ego Ferguson, now with the Chicago Bears.

“He’s like a big brother to me,” Alexander said. “I listen to him and he’s a big part of my success. I see how he’s been doing and he’s been doing well. I watch all the LSU players in the NFL and see how they progress.”

Alexander said he thinks he’ll transition well from LSU, where he primarily played on the weak side. He said he thinks he can fit in well in either a 3-4 or 4-3 defense.

“I can run and tackle well in open space,” said Alexander, who will participate in all drills Sunday. “I like playing run and pass.”

Exciting day for Deon Simon

Northwestern State defensive tackle Deon Simon said the combine has been an exciting experience for him. Coming from an FCS school, Simon is anxious to prove he belongs.

“I’ve got the athleticism, height, size and skills and I’m aggressive and dominant on the field,” said Simon, who measured in Friday at 6-foot-4, 321 pounds. A two-time All-Southland Conference selection, Simon had 12½ tackles for loss the past two years.

He can play inside as a 3-4 nose or a 4-3 tackle. He tried to emulate Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp and realized an NFL future could be a possibility when college coaches started reaching out to him when he was a junior at Glen Oaks. He originally signed with Central Florida but had to attend a prep school before transferring.

Simon said he’d like to leave NFL teams believing he’s a good football player with high character. He graduated from Northwestern State with a degree in criminal justice and was the first in his family to graduate from college.

Tulane’s Lorenzo Doss arrives

Tulane cornerback Lorenzo Doss arrived in Indianapolis on Friday and is scheduled to meet with the media Saturday, as will LSU’s Jalen Collins. They will do on-field drills Monday.

Doss posted 126 tackles in three years for the Green Wave. He had 20 pass breakups and 15 interceptions, including two for touchdowns. His 15 picks rank second in school history. He earned All-America honors as a sophomore.