D. J. Alexander
No. 59     
Outside Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-09-30) September 30, 1991 (age 29)
Place of birth: Palm Desert, California
Career information
College: Oregon State
NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 5 / Pick: 172
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Kansas City Chiefs ( 2015 2016)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* Pro Bowl (2016)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles     43
Sacks     0.0
Forced fumbles     2
Fumble recoveries     1
Interceptions     0
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Donell James "D. J." Alexander (born Donell James Welch; September 30, 1991) is an American football linebacker and special teamer for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.[1] He played college football for Oregon State.

College career

Alexander was recruited to Oregon State and grayshirted his freshman year to focus on academics. He ended up becoming a three-year starter for the Beavers. He was frequently injured as a junior and underwent a neck surgery after the season. Alexander enjoyed a bounce-back senior year, recording 70 tackles with 12 tackles for loss and four sacks in 2014[2]

Professional career

Kansas City Chiefs

Alexander was drafted in the fifth round with the 172nd pick of the 2015 NFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs despite not being invited to the NFL combine. A good showing at Oregon State pro day prompted the Chiefs to select him.[2]

As a rookie in 2015, Alexander played all 16 games making 16 tackles and a forced fumble.

Having little expectations at regular snaps, Alexander performed better at special teams. He finished the 2016 year by playing 16 games with one start. He was named to his first Pro Bowl as a special teamer.[3]

Seattle Seahawks

On July 28, 2017, Alexander was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for Kevin Pierre-Louis.[4]

On September 1, 2018, Alexander was waived by the Seahawks.[5]

Philadelphia Eagles

On September 2, 2018, Alexander was claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Eagles.[6]

Jacksonville Jaguars

On May 1, 2019, Alexander signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.[7]

Personal life

In 2012, he legally changed his last name from Welch to Alexander, in honor of his stepfather. He married his wife, Sam, on July 17, 2016.[2]


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