NFL Combine: 5 guards for New Orleans Saints to watch

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Dec 30, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; LSU Tigers guard Vadal Alexander (74) takes the field prior to the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Music City Bowl at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 30, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; LSU Tigers guard Vadal Alexander (74) takes the field prior to the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Music City Bowl at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /
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Vadal Alexander
Dec 30, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; LSU Tigers guard Vadal Alexander (74) takes the field prior to the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Music City Bowl at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /

Name: Vadal Alexander
School: LSU
Size: 6-foot-5, 326 LBS
Arm length: 35 1/4 inches
Hands: 10 1/2 inches
Projected round: 2

Alexander will be one of the more interesting prospects on the offensive line at the NFL combine.  A lot of the focus was taken off of him this past season at LSU due to Leonard Fournette’s remarkable showing on the ground.  Alexander undoubtedly led the way in blocking, and is without question an intriguing talent at the guard position.

An ideal frame, and natural power and strength in both his lower and upper body will bode well for next-level play.  Long arms and big hands to control his opponents don’t hurt his chances his either.

Alexander lacks the speed and athleticism, as well as the coordination and balance coaches drool over for offensive linemen, and it was very noticeable during his time at LSU.  But that’s why he’s best suited inside at the guard spot rather than competing against speedy edge rushers on the outside.

He has some kinks to work out, but I’m expecting an impressive combine performance out of the former Tiger, and teams like the New Orleans Saints should take notice.

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