There has been plenty of chatter recently about 6’3″ 207lb Adonis Alexander leading up to the 2018 Supplemental Draft. A part of the NFL offseason that comes and goes without many noticing. This year is a little different after it was announced that Alexander would enter the supplemental draft after Virginia Tech notified him that he was academically ineligible for this Fall. Since then he has turned the heads of many NFL teams. I believe though that it would be best if the Buccaneers stayed clear.
There is no doubting that Alexander is talented, is full of potential, and could become a great player at the pro level. He had a successful campaign as a freshman at VTech in 2015. Where he collected 4 INT’s, 6 passes defensed, and 55 total tackles in 11 games. Since then, though, his production overall has dropped sharply.
Alexander has also had some off the field issues as well. He was suspended in April 2016 for possession of marijuana and suspended again for two games in the Fall of 2017 for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Head coach Justin Fuente made a statement regarding the 2017 suspension, saying, “Integrity, trust and teamwork will remain the foundation of this program and that will not change. Adonis has not lived up to our expectations at Virginia Tech.”
When you combine a dip in production, multiple suspensions, and apparently being undisciplined in the classroom, to me, that seems to negate any talent or potential. Lately Bucs Jason Licht has put a premium on bringing in players with high character, and at first glance it doesn’t seem Alexander fits that bill. We will find out in the coming weeks, though if Licht is interested and willing to roll the dice on him.