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2015 NFL Draft: Kansas City Chiefs Round Five

The Chiefs pick 172nd & 173rd overall in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft

Round Five, Pick 36 (172 overall, compensatory selection) - LB D.J. Alexander, Oregon State


6'-2" Height | 233lbs Weight

Five Things to Know About LB D.J. Alexander

The Oregon State team website referred to Alexander as a "special teams demon" during his freshman season (2011).

Alexander didn't begin the 2011 season with the team due to a sprained elbow, but when he returned for the third game against UCLA, he made a tackle on his first play in kickoff coverage.

He tied for first on the team with eight special teams tackles and won the starting job at strongside linebacker for the 2012 season.

With the 172th overall pick in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft the Chiefs select LB D.J. Alexander.

"I think first and foremost, this kid has outstanding speed. He's got some rare physical traits just getting from point‐A to point‐B on the field. He made a lot of plays for them. He's been a four‐year player for them at Oregon State. I just thought he was an explosive athlete who could really help us both at inside linebacker and on special teams as well."

- Chiefs Area Scout, Trey Koziol

Round Five, Pick 37 (173 overall, compensatory selection) - TE James O'Shaughnessy, Illinois State


6'-4" Height | 245lbs Weight


Athletic with ability to stress the seam and challenge vertically. Uses acceleration out of cuts and clever hand usage to create quick throwing windows. Hands-catcher who plucks it away from his body. Outstanding focus with ability to finish contested catches. Foot quickness to get into routes in a hurry and shake defenders after the catch. Will work himself open if covered. Gets feet into proper position as a blocker and gives honest effort.

Five Things to Know About TE James O'Shaughnessy

NFL draft analyst Lance Zierlein refers to Illinois State's James O'Shaughnessy as a "basketball" tight end.

Here is what Zierlein wrote up on O'Shaughnessy:

"'Basketball' tight end with plus foot quickness, concentration, hands and vertical ability. He can elevate and compete for jump balls while creating space for himself with his quickness. His blocking is a work in progress, but he could end up being a highly productive Day 3 draft pick if a team utilizes his talent properly."

"What jumps out is he's got some speed and big play ability. He averaged 18 yards a catch, which is pretty unusual for a tight end. Really good hands, very competitive, very tough kid. Got some run after the catch instincts too. He's a small‐school kid, so he is kind of raw. And he came and he played receiver in high school, so blocking he is really competitive and tough and he does enough, but he's got  legitimate upside there so that's an exciting part of it too. Special teams, the kid is great. He is one of the first guys down every time. In the North Dakota State game, he knocked himself out. He was running down and ear‐holed the linebacker. This dude is just 100 miles per hour. Competitive, tough dude."

- Chiefs Area Scout, Terry Delp

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