The Ravens have been searching for an answer at middle linebacker next to C.J. Mosley since the team lost Zachary Orr in tragic fashion to a career ending injury. Orr was undrafted in 2014, but didn’t come on strong until 2016, the final year of his NFL career. Meanwhile, a draft gem in the form of LSU Tiger Kwon Alexander was available to for Baltimore.
Alexander isn’t the physical specimen that we’ve come to expect from linebackers of old. Instead, he’s is built in the mold of today’s “modern” linebacker. Alexander is listed at 6’1″ 227-lbs., which is the size of some running backs in the league. However, that hasn’t stopped him from racking up a minimum of 93 tackles in each of his first three NFL seasons.
Alexander has become a staple for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense; he and Lavonte David form arguably the league’s best linebacker duo. At just 24-years old, Alexander has shown off incredible quickness and play diagnoses as well as the play-making ability to be a captain for any defense. Regardless of build, Alexander would be a perfect fit in the Ravens defense next to C.J. Mosley.
The speed that Alexander brings to any defense is a factor the Ravens currently lack. Next to Mosley, he and Alexander would bring chaos to opposing offenses. It’s a shame that Baltimore passed on Alexander, but hindsight is 20-20, and there was a reason that Alexander was a fourth round pick back in 2015.