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Name: Alex Cappa 
College: Humboldt State     Number: 71
Height: 6-6   Weight: 299
Position: OT  Pos2: OG  Class/Draft Year: rSr/2018
40 Low: 5.12
  40 Time: 5.27
   40 High: 5.42

Projected Round: 3-4      Stock: 
Rated number 10 out of 115 OT's     116 / 2381 TOTAL
Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 6055
Weight: 299

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 Data Scout Notes: **2016: AFCA/OLOYC/3X
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  Alex Cappa
Humboldt State Lumberjacks
Offensive Tackle
6-6, 305, 5.27, #71
Dublin, California
Dublin High School


 Update

  11/16/17 - A pair of Division-II offensive tackles have garnered plenty of NFL attention: Humboldt State redshirt senior LT Alex Cappa (6-6, 305, 5.27, #71) and West Georgia redshirt senior LT Desmond Harrison (6-7, 292, 5.18, #68). Both have impressive tape, but the all-star game circuit is where they can truly boost their draft value, especially with all 32 NFL teams looking for offensive tackle help. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

 Overview

  Recent top five draft picks Carson Wentz (North Dakota State), Corey Davis (Western Michigan) and Blake Bortles (Central Florida) are recent examples of the fact that the NFL is full of "late bloomers," players who slipped through the cracks of big-time recruiting only to emerge as dominant players at the lower levels and become highly regarded prospects.

Though he won't join these players as early first round picks, Cappa is among this year's top small school prospects.

Recruiters from Division I teams failed to recognize his upside as a then-240 pound offensive lineman. After redshirting in 2013, however, Cappa has emerged as one of the most dominant blockers at any level of college football, earning recognition as the Great Northwest Athletic Conference's Offensive Lineman of the Year after each of the past four seasons, an All-American his last three years and becoming the first player in school history to ever be invited to the prestigious Senior Bowl.

Scouts who traveled through Humboldt State believe Cappa is the real deal and will perform well against the top talent in Mobile. A positive week there, along with Cappa's durability and consistency on tape, could earn him Top 100 consideration in the 2018 NFL draft.

BACKGROUND
Started three seasons at Dublin HS ... Gained First Team All-Diablo Foothill Athletic League honors as a defensive lineman in 2011 ... Moved to offense in 2012, and was a First Team All-League selection at tackle... Redshirted at Humboldt State in 2013...


 Analysis

  STRENGTHS
With the possible exception of his shoulder-length haircut, Cappa certainly look the part of an NFL offensive lineman with a broad-shouldered, well-distributed frame including at least adequate arm length and a thick lower half. Cappa shows good initial quickness at left tackle, alternately sliding laterally to mirror in pass protection or firing off the ball to create movement as a run blocker. He is not a dancing bear but shows good balance and agility blocking on the island, handling the swiftest edge rushers the GNAC threw at him and beating linebackers to the spot when blocking on the move. Though his pad level can get a bit high, Cappa shows good technique otherwise, keeping his knees bent, butt down and rarely over-extending himself. He provides a powerful initial punch to stun opponents and shows a vice-like grip to latch onto and control, simply rag-dolling some defensive ends. Cappa's power shows up in his ability to drive defenders off the line of scrimmage and he looks to finish opponents, getting shoves in through the echo of the whistle. -- Rob Rang 12/26/2017

WEAKNESSES
Comes with obvious level of competition questions and may struggle with the greater speed he will face in Mobile and in the NFL. Does not appear to have the elite foot speed to remain at left tackle in the NFL and has not played other positions at Humboldt State. Shows the strength and nastiness to move inside but got himself in trouble at times on tape by losing the leverage battle. A bit tall for guard and will need work in maintaining his pad level if called upon to play inside. - Rob Rang 12/26/2017

COMPARES TO:
Garrett Gilkey, Buccaneers. Like Cappa, Gilkey was a small school star (Chadron State) at left tackle who was ultimately pushed inside in the NFL. Due to his brawling playing style, Cappa projects better there than Gilkey, a seventh round pick by Cleveland in 2013 who spent three seasons in the NFL, most recently with Tampa Bay.

IN OUR VIEW: Cappa was a man amongst boys in the GNAC, routinely tossing and pancaking opponents to provide stellar pass protection easy running lanes for teammates. How he fares in Mobile will play a huge role in his final projection. Aiding his cause is the fact that Cappa possesses the size, physicality and nasty temperament needed to play inside.



 2017 Season

  A national finalist for the prestigious Gene Upshaw Award, Cappa has captured national attention. The four-time Great Northwest Athletic Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year was tabbed a D2CCA First Team and First Team AP All-American selection. He helped the Lumberjacks average 488.3 yards of total offense per game, ninth in NCAA Division II, and anchored an offensive line that allowed just 22 sacks all season. Cappa will represent the Green and Gold at the 2018 Reese's Senior Bowl on Jan. 27...Played in all 10 games ... Earned his GNAC record fourth Offensive Lineman of the Year Award ... A unanimous All-GNAC First Team selection ... A Gene Upshaw Award National Finalist.

 2016 Season

  . 2016 AFCA NATIONAL DIVISION II FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN (COACHES): OL Alex Cappa, 6-7 305, R-Jr., Humboldt St. (Calif.), Rob Smith, Dublin, Calif. (Dublin),...The awards continue to roll in for individual Humboldt State football players following the conclusion of the 2016 season. Junior offensive lineman Alex Cappa (Dublin, Calif./Dublin HS) was named to the American Football Coaches Association All-America First Team Wednesday. Cappa is the second Lumberjack in as many years to be named to the prestigious list. Running back Ja'Quan Gardner represented the Green and Gold on the AFCA First Team last season. A three-time Great Northwest Athletic Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year and three-time unanimous All-GNAC First Team selection, Cappa is the only conference representative on the First Team. He anchored an offensive line that surrendered the fewest sacks in the GNAC, and he blocked for the conference's leading rusher.l

Played in 11 games Named D2football.com preseason All-American All- GNAC First Team selection Tabbed the GNAC GNAC Offensive Lineman of the Year Earned D2CCA First Team All-Region Named AFAC All-American First Team Selected as a representative on the Associated Press Little All-America Second Team Earned Hero Sports All-American First Team


 2015 Season

  Named a D2CCA Second Team All-American Collected Don Hansen Honorable Mention All-American honors Selected to the D2CCA All-Region Team and the Don Hansen All-Super Region First Team Tabbed the GNAC Offensive Lineman of the Year and was a unanimous All-GNAC First Team selection Played in 12 games Earned GNAC All-Academic Team honors.

 2014 Season

  Played in 10 games Was named a unanimous First Team All-GNAC selection ... Named the GNAC Offensive Lineman of the Year.

 2013 Season

  Redshirted.

 High School

  Started three seasons at Dublin High School Received First Team All-Diablo Foothill Athletic League honors as a defensive lineman in 2011 Moved to offense in 2012, and was a First Team All-League selection at tackle.

 Personal

  Son of James and Loretta Cappa Enjoys baseball, acting and improvisation.

 
 Draft Scout Player News
01/27/18 - Top 15 Senior Bowl Performers: 13. Alex Cappa, OT, Humboldt State...As expected for a Division-II blocker, Cappa had some technical and pad level issues vs. the top pass rushers in Mobile. But just like his tape, his aggressive nature helped compensate for his mechanical flaws. With his movement skills and passion for finishing on every snap, Cappa didn't look out of place against top competition, showing mid-round potential. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/23/18 - Senior Bowl Tuesday: Day One of Senior Bowl practices started with stretching followed by extensive installation as the Houston Texans coaching staff kept the players on the South team in the shallow end of the pool to begin the week. However, the practice pace picked up quickly with one-on-one drills, allowing several players to shine, including Humboldt State offensive tackle Alex Cappa. Overall, it was an up-and-down practice for the Division II standout, but his positive flashes were impressive, showing off his trademark aggression and finishing mentality that earned him a Senior Bowl invite. During one-on-one drills, Cappa (6-foot-6, 299 pounds) displayed the edge quickness to mirror rushers to the corner and the aggressive mentality to tie up rushers, breaking the rhythm of his opponent before the defender could do the same to him. What was most impressive about Cappa is that he impressed at left and right tackle and against the best pass-rush talent the South team has to offer. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/23/18 - Senior Bowl Tuesday: Lined up at left tackle, he faced off against USC edge rusher Uchenna Nwosu (6-2, 245) and rode him to the corner, diminishing the rusher's arc speed. At right tackle, Cappa faced off with Texas-San Antonio defensive end Marcus Davenport (6-6, 259) and out-physicaled him at the point of attack, controlling the potential first-round pick. During team drills, Nwosu exacted some revenge on Cappa, beating him with quickness to his outside shoulder. And UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin (6-0, 223) was able to do the same, using explosive edge speed that the blocker couldn't answer. There is no question that Cappa is still raw in areas, mostly the timing and precision of his punch vs. speed, but he more than held his own on the first day of South practice. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
11/16/17 - A pair of Division-II offensive tackles have garnered plenty of NFL attention: Humboldt State redshirt senior LT Alex Cappa (6-6, 305, 5.27, #71) and West Georgia redshirt senior LT Desmond Harrison (6-7, 292, 5.18, #68). Both have impressive tape, but the all-star game circuit is where they can truly boost their draft value, especially with all 32 NFL teams looking for offensive tackle help. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/17/16 - 2016 AFCA NATIONAL DIVISION II FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN (COACHES): OL Alex Cappa, 6-7 305, R-Jr., Humboldt St. (Calif.), Rob Smith, Dublin, Calif. (Dublin),...The awards continue to roll in for individual Humboldt State football players following the conclusion of the 2016 season. Junior offensive lineman Alex Cappa (Dublin, Calif./Dublin HS) was named to the American Football Coaches Association All-America First Team Wednesday. Cappa is the second Lumberjack in as many years to be named to the prestigious list. Running back Ja'Quan Gardner represented the Green and Gold on the AFCA First Team last season. A three-time Great Northwest Athletic Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year and three-time unanimous All-GNAC First Team selection, Cappa is the only conference representative on the First Team. He anchored an offensive line that surrendered the fewest sacks in the GNAC, and he blocked for the conference's leading rusher. - Humboldt State Football

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