The Raiders wrapped Day 3 of the NFL draft by selecting offensive lineman Vadal Alexander of Louisiana State in the seventh round.
The 6-foot-6, 329-pound Alexander was the 234th overall pick and a player who came into the week projected as high as a second- or third-round pick.
“I’m surprised I lasted this long,” Alexander said. “It’s something I wasn’t expecting, but God has a plan. I’m a firm believer in my Lord and savior Jesus Christ. Everything happens for a reason in my mind, but I absolutely am surprised that I lasted this long.”
Among his 46 career starts for LSU, he played left guard in 25 games and was at right tackle for 21. It was at tackle that he earned second-team All-American and first-team All-SEC honors this past season after playing guard his sophomore and junior seasons.
Alexander was a team captain as a senior and a durable lineman who at one point started 32 straight starts. He played 3,033 career snaps and had 315 knockdown blocks.
His stock seemed to be hurt by a slow 40-yard dash time of 5.57 seconds and he’s not considered athletic enough to play tackle at the NFL level. The Raiders list him as a guard and Alexander is under the belief that’s where they plan to play him.
“I’ve grown a love for both of them,” Alexander said of the guard and tackle spots. “I don’t really favor one over the other.”