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UDFA Scouting Report: How Alex Officer fits with Raiders

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How does the undrafted free agent fits with the Silver & Black?

NCAA Football: Pittsburgh at Penn State Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Officer, C/G, Pittsburgh

Measurables

6’4”, 335 lbs

Stats

2017: 12 starts at left guard

2016: 13 starts at center

2015: 13 starts at right guard

2014: 10 starts at center

Awards

2017 Honorable Mention All-ACC

Strengths

Officer has ideal size to play in the NFL as he has a huge frame. This helps him excel against bull rushes as he has a strong lower base and can anchor well when being rushed head on. He plays with a mean streak and uses his size to engulf smaller defenders. He also plays with great effort and finishes plays.

But his biggest strength is his versatility and durability as he started 48 games for the Panthers, including 46 straight, playing all three positions on the interior offensive line.

Weaknesses

The drawback to his size is that Officer is slow on his feet and struggles when matched up against quick defenders. This also becomes a problem when he is asked to be the pulling guard and he doesn’t always make it to the hole fast enough. Officer could also play with better leverage as the lower man always wins.

Verdict

The Pittsburgh guard has the versatility to be a valuable asset for an NFL team as a backup to left guard, center, and right guard.

Fit with Raiders

The trio of Kelechi Osemele, Rodney Hudson, and Gabe Jackson gives the Raiders one of the best interior offensive lines in football. Officer certainly won’t be a starter for the Silver & Black for the foreseeable future, but he has the ability to provide depth at three positions.

Between Officer and Jon Feliciano, Oakland has great flexibility with their backup interior offensive lineman. And with Feliciano entering the final season of his rookie deal, should he move on, Officer will have the opportunity to prove he is worthy of that reserve utility interior lineman spot.