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On Saturday, after what admittedly was a stressful wait, Kwon Alexander heard his name called in the 2015 NFL Draft. Alexander, a linebacker out of LSU, was selected at pick No. 124 in the fourth round, becoming the first defensive player drafted by the Bucs under Head Coach Lovie Smith and General Manager Jason Licht.
Shortly after being selected, Alexander spoke with the media on a conference call.
"I feel great, man," Alexander said when asked how it felt to be the first defensive player Smith and Licht have drafted in Tampa. "I can't wait to get up there and do my job and get a championship wit the Bucs."
NFL.com projected Alexander as a third-round pick. Some outlets had him higher. After failing to be selected on the second round of the draft, nerves began to catch up with him.
"Was I nervous? Yeah, I was nervous. But I put in all in God's hands. He's going to do everything right so I just waited my turn and was patient."
Alexander said that the Bucs have indicated to him that they would like him to play on the weak side, but he doesn't really care which position he lines up at. "I'll play whatever they want me to play."
"I'm an aggressive linebacker," he added. "I love to hit. A smart linebacker, plays fast. I just love to play the game."
Alexander will join fellow rookies Jameis Winston, Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet at the Bucs' training facilities in Tampa next week when the team begins it's rookie minicamp.