Kwon Alexander
Kwon Alexander
24-Year-Old LinebackerLB
San Francisco 49ers
Questionable
Injury Knee - ACL
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Aside from a four-game PED suspension in 2015 and a four-week absence due to a hamstring injury last year, Alexander has been wildly productive in each NFL season. He posted 145 tackles in 2016, the only year he played all 16 games, while in his other 24 games he’s produced at a pace of more than 125 tackles per 16. Alexander has conclusively pushed aside the still-great Lavonte David as the lead tackle hog in the Tampa defense, and he has so far supplemented his top-grade tackle production with six interceptions and six sacks in 40 career games. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $54 million contract with the 49ers in March of 2019.
Officially joins Niners
LBSan Francisco 49ers
Knee - ACL
March 14, 2019
Alexander (knee) passed a physical Thursday, making his four-year, $54 million contract with the 49ers official, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
ANALYSIS
The contract includes $14.25 million fully guaranteed, which makes more sense than the initial figure ($27 million) that was reported. With the 2020 base salary guaranteed for injury only, the Niners actually have an easy path to get out of the deal after one season if Alexander avoids another major injury yet still falls shy of expectations. Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports the 24-year-old linebacker has resumed weightlifting and jogging, but he'll still need at least three or four more months to make a full recovery from the ACL tear he suffered Oct. 21. The 2015 fourth-round pick averaged 8.3 tackles per game in four seasons with Tampa Bay, adding 22 passes defensed, seven sacks, six interceptions and six forced fumbles in 46 appearances. The 49ers hope Alexander's nose for the ball will make up for his inconsistencies with tackling and pass coverage.
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Measurables Review
How do Kwon Alexander's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 1"
 
Weight
227 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.55 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.20 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.14 sec
 
Vertical Jump
36.0 in
 
Broad Jump
121 in
 
Bench Press
24 reps
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
Alexander could rank ahead of teammate Lavonte David in fantasy football, even if David clearly is the superior player in real life. For whatever schematic changes might have factored into David's career-low tackle totals last year, Alexander's role in the defense remained tackle-friendly. Indeed, with 248 tackles in 28 career games, Alexander is locked in as one of the best IDP linebackers. He's not just a tackle source, though -- he also has six sacks and three interceptions in his young career. He turns just 23 in August and could keep improving.
Alexander began wowing Bucs coaches at around this time last year and never looked back, starting at middle linebacker for the first 12 games of 2015 before serving a four-game suspension for PED use. Despite his rookie campaign being curtailed, the LSU standout was an IDP superstar, notching 93 tackles (59 solo), three sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, two interceptions and nine passes defensed. With new defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme reported to be even more aggressive than the one deployed by former head coach Lovie Smith in 2015, Alexander could be primed to offer outstanding fantasy returns in the coming season.
Alexander will battle Danny Lansanah, who had a career year last season, for one of the team's starting linebacker positions. Given the advantage Lansanah has in terms of proven production, Alexander could benefit from a year of taking snaps as backup to the veteran.
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Four-year deal with 49ers
LBTampa Bay Buccaneers
Knee - ACL
March 11, 2019
Alexander (knee) is in line to sign a four-year, $54 million deal with the 49ers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Continues to progress
LBTampa Bay Buccaneers
Knee - ACL
February 20, 2019
Alexander (knee) is expected to resume jogging next week, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Progressing in recovery
LBTampa Bay Buccaneers
Knee - ACL
January 16, 2019
Alexander (knee) posted a video Tuesday on his personal Twitter account highlighting his progress as he rehabs a torn ACL.
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Undergoes successful surgery
LBTampa Bay Buccaneers
Knee - ACL
November 14, 2018
Alexander (knee) underwent surgery Tuesday to repair his torn ACL and hopes to return for the start of the 2019 campaign, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
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Lands on IR
LBTampa Bay Buccaneers
Knee - ACL
October 22, 2018
Alexander (knee) was placed on injured reserve Monday.
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