|No. 72 – Chicago Bears|
|Born:||January 5, 1999|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||312 lb (142 kg)|
|High school:||Booker T. Washington (Pensacola)|
|NFL Draft:||2021 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 5, 2022|
|Player stats at NFL.com · PFR|
Alex Leatherwood (born January 5, 1999) is an American football offensive tackle for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Alabama, where he was two-time CFP national champion and the winner of the Outland and Jacobs Blocking trophies in 2020. Leatherwood was selected by the Las Vegas Raiders in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft but was released after his rookie season.
Leatherwood was born on January 5, 1999, and grew up in Pensacola, Florida, where he attended Booker T. Washington High School. He was named first-team All-Area by the Pensacola News Journal as a junior and senior. As a senior, he was named a first-team All-American by Parade and named to the second-team by USA Today and played in the All-America Bowl. Leatherwood was rated a consensus five-star and top 10 recruit for his class and committed to play college football at the University of Alabama during his junior year.
Leatherwood enrolled at Alabama a semester early and played in seven games as a true freshman. He saw significant playing time in the 2018 CFP National Championship Game, entering the game at left tackle after starter Jonah Williams was injured in the third quarter. He was moved to right tackle during spring practice and moved again to right guard during fall training camp, winning the starting job going into his sophomore season. He started all 15 of the Crimson Tide's games, giving up 21 pressures, and was named second-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) by the league's coaches.
Leatherwood was moved back to the left tackle position following the season. He was named first-team preseason All-SEC and a second-team preseason All-American by Sporting News entering his junior season. He was placed on the Outland Trophy watchlist midway through the season. Leatherwood started every game for Alabama and was named first-team All-SEC by the league's coaches and second-team by the media and was named first-team All-America by the American Football Coaches Association. After considering entering the 2020 NFL Draft, Leatherwood announced that he would return to Alabama for his senior season.
As a senior, Leatherwood starting all 13 of Alabama's games as the Crimson Tide won the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship. He was named first-team All-SEC and was the co-winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy along with Alabama center Landon Dickerson. Leatherwood was a unanimous first-team All-America selection and was awarded the Outland Trophy as the nation's best interior lineman.
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand span||40-yard dash||10-yard split||20-yard split||20-yard shuttle||Three-cone drill||Vertical jump||Broad jump|
|6 ft 4+3⁄4 in
|4.99 s||1.78 s||2.94 s||4.65 s||7.45 s||34.5 in
|9 ft 10 in|
|All values from Pro Day|
Leatherwood was selected by the Las Vegas Raiders with the 17th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. On May 24, 2021, Leatherwood signed his four-year rookie contract with Las Vegas, a four-year, fully guaranteed deal worth $14.39 million. He moved to offensive guard due to struggles at tackle as a rookie and was waived on August 30, 2022.
On August 31, 2022, Leatherwood was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Bears. He was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list on September 14, 2022. He was activated on October 28.
In June 2020, Leatherwood wrote a screenplay for a video in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. He appeared in the video along with other Alabama players and their head coach, Nick Saban.