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Maybe OLB Isn't a Major Draft Need; Lorenzo Alexander Just Got Scarier

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LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 10:  Lorenzo Alexander breaks up a pass on fourth and goal intended for Andrew Quarless #81 of the Green Bay Packers at FedExField on October 10, 2010 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 10: Lorenzo Alexander breaks up a pass on fourth and goal intended for Andrew Quarless #81 of the Green Bay Packers at FedExField on October 10, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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As Redskins fans, we're used to hearing stories of our players heading to Miami for a relaxing off-season. Amongst all the draft talk in Redskins Nation the last 2 months, one player that has been forgotten about is Lorenzo Alexander. Of course, he's mostly known for being a Special Teams' beast, but he really might just be able to fill that  OLB role.

LoAx did seem some time at OLB last year, but not a lot on 3rd downs mostly to being gassed. So, what's his plan for 2011? John Keim was able to catch up with #97:

Alexander, who started 11 games this season, said he's already lost at least 10 pounds -- he's between 255-260 now -- just doing Pilates, P90X, riding his bike and watching his diet. He'll soon start doing MMA training with ex-Redskin linebacker Eddie Mason.

"Fighters have great stamina," Alexander said. "I'll see if I can bring another couple extra gears to my game. That's what I'm trying to do, working on leverage and pass rush. I wasn't playing any third downs at the end; I have to prove I'm able to do it."

"At some point we have to make a decision either you have me play special teams or play outside linebacker," Alexander said. "I was always fatigued. Whatever I do, I'll excel at it. But I can't do everything."

With Portis gone, I'm thinking Alexander might be the next good Redskins jersey to buy. So, now that OLB is accounted for, can we resume the Cam Newton to the Redskins talk (sigh).