Alex Officer, C/G, Pittsburgh
6’4”, 335 lbs
2017: 12 starts at left guard
2016: 13 starts at center
2015: 13 starts at right guard
2014: 10 starts at center
2017 Honorable Mention All-ACC
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.
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.
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.