College: Humboldt State
Position: Offensive lineman
College Stats: Four-year starter; First-Team Division II All-American in 2017
Alex Cappa was not recruited by major schools coming out of high school due in large part to a senior year position change. He played along the defensive line until he moved to offensive tackle as a high school senior at Dublin High. In his only year at the position, he shined though and was a first team all-conference selection.
It didn’t take long for Cappa to make an impression on the coaching staff at Humboldt State. After redshirting in 2013, he set about owning the Great Northwest Athletic Conference for his entire collegiate career.
Cappa started every single game from 2014 to 2017 for the Jacks. He was a huge part of the team’s success and saw a bevy of accolades come his way due to his play. Cappa was a First Team All-GNAC selection for all four years and began to pick up national recognition as an upperclassman too. As a junior, he was awarded All-American honors by a number of national publications and as a senior he was a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award. Cappa was named the GNAC Offensive Lineman of the Year all four years.
There are no questions about his durability after starting all 43 of Humboldt State’s games during his career. Even at lower levels, linemen pick up nagging injuries, yet he was able to play through it all.
First rep I saw when I fired up the #SeniorBowl practice tape earlier this morning.— Ben Stockwell (@PFF_Ben) January 24, 2018
As first impressions go, that's a pretty good one from Humboldt State OT Alex Cappa. pic.twitter.com/slA4JClfHh
What really sets Cappa apart is his physicality in the trenches. Mike Mayock said that he had the “Nastiest Tape Ever” for an offensive lineman, and he was able to bully people out of their lanes with ease. There were questions about how he would fare against larger opponents, but he answered those in resounding fashion at the Senior Bowl.
Humboldt State OT Alex Cappa blows UTSA DE Marcus Davenport off the ball on this run play (far side). Sheesh. pic.twitter.com/5qRFqi4wFH— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) January 23, 2018
There are some questions about what position Cappa will play at the next level. He played offensive tackle in college, but he might be a bit light for the position in the NFL. Many believe that he will have to move over to guard and with that will come some new tricks to learn. Additionally, he will no longer be dealing with defensive ends. We just don’t know how he will perform as an interior lineman.
Cappa has been rumored to go as early as the third round by some analysts. He has visited five teams prior to the NFL Draft, and it seems like he will be a sixth-round selection at the latest. Whoever selects him is going to love his mentality, and how he looks to dominate his counterpart on every play.