Kwon Alexander

Kwon Alexander

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Alexander in 2015
No. 58Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1994-08-03) August 3, 1994
Place of birth: Oxford, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 227 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school: Oxford (AL)
College: LSU
NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 4 / Pick: 124
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • PFWA NFL All-Rookie Team (2015)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2016
Total tackles: 183
Sacks: 6.0
Forced fumbles: 2
Fumble recoveries: 1
Interceptions: 3
Defensive touchdowns: 1
Player stats at

Kwon Alexander (born August 3, 1994) is an American football linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Louisiana State University.

Early years

Alexander attended Oxford High School in Oxford, Alabama. An impact player on the defensive side of the ball, Alexander missed most of his 2011 senior campaign with a knee injury after posting 144 tackles, 17 sacks, six forced fumbles (three recoveries) as a junior in 2010. He participated in the Under Armour All-American Game as a member of the black team. He was chosen as a finalist for the High School Butkus Award, given annually to the nation’s top linebacker. He was also named to the 2011 ESPN All-Alabama Football Team and was a Class 6A All-State Football Team Honorable Mention.[1]

Alexander was also a state qualifier in track & field at Oxford. At the 2011 AHSAA 6A Section 4, he posted personal-best times of 11.24 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 22.99 seconds in the 200-meter dash, placing 9th and 7th, respectively.[2]

Regarded as a four-star prospect according to,, and, Alexander was ranked No. 19 in the 2012 Final Southeast Top 150. He was ranked No. 45 in the Press-Register Super Southeast 120 and No. 29 in the 2012 ESPNU 150. He was listed in the MaxPreps 2012 Top 100. He was rated as Alabama’s No. 3 prospect by, No. 11 by, and No. 6 by Nationally, and rated him as the No. 3 linebacker, rated him as the nation’s No. 9 linebacker, while rated him at No. 20.[3] He committed to Louisiana State University (LSU) to play college football.[4]

College career

Alexander attended LSU from 2012 to 2014. As a true freshman, he played in seven games with two starts and had 12 tackles. As a sophomore, he started nine of 13 games. He finished the season with 65 tackles.[5] As a junior, Alexander led the team with 92 tackles and had 1.5 sacks.[6] After his junior season Alexander entered the 2015 NFL Draft.[7]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 in 227 lb 4.55 s 1.58 s 2.68 s 4.20 s 7.14 s 36 in 10 ft 1 in 24 reps
All values from NFL Combine and Pro Day[8]

Alexander was drafted in the 4th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers


On August 17, 2015, it was announced that Alexander would be a starter, after receiving much praise from Head Coach Lovie Smith.[9] Alexander would make his first start September 13, 2015, against the Tennessee Titans, Week 1, recording a combination of 5 tackles; three total and two assisted, as well as one pass defenced.

During Week 8 on November 1, 2015, Alexander played the best game of his young career against the Atlanta Falcons in memory of his late younger brother Broderick Taylor, who had died 48 hours before the game. Alexander's 11 total tackles, interception, forced fumble, and fumble recovery were vital to Tampa Bay defeating Atlanta in overtime which earned him the title of NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

On December 7, 2015, Alexander was given a four-game ban for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.[10]


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