2012 NFL Draft: Previewing Chas Alecxih

Alecxih had a subpar NFL Combine (Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE)

After Lucas Nix and Brandon Lindsey, Alecxih may be next in line to be taken in the NFL Draft. The NFL site actually lists him as a third or fourth round talent, but I'm not sure he'll go that high.

ESPN's Todd McShay calls him a sixth rounder and The Sports Xchange rates him as the 26th best defensive tackle. The big news for Alecxih in his NFL Draft journey was his down performance at the NFL Combine.

Alecxih could have improved his stock with a good combine, but thanks to a bout with the flu, that didn't happen:

Imagine being on the verge of a big thing you're dreamed about since you were a little boy, only to have it suddenly derailed by ...

The stomach flu?

That's only a slight overstatement of what happened to Chas Alecxih at the NFL scouting combine last m

onth in Indianapolis.

The football story of Alecxih, a Penn Manor graduate, has had a powerful upward arc: from walk-on at the University of Pittsburgh to scholarship player to two-year starter to second-team all-Big East defensive tackle with a fighting chance to play on Sundays.

You don't get invited to the combine unless you have at least a fighting chance to play on Sundays.

So Alecxih arrived at Indy and got sick. Sick enough that his roommate had to be cleared out of their hotel room.

"I decided to work out and do all the tests anyway," Alecxih said. "I was really disappointed with my numbers in everything."

You can actually see his combine workout here. He talked about the experience with The Fan (audio) and later improved at Pitt's Pro Day. It's always tough to know where guys like Alecxih will end up. He's a good all-around player, but didn't really impress all that much in his postseason workouts. But all it takes is finding one interested team and there's a good chance he's able to do that this week.

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