Photo of Dominique Alexander

Combine Results

Grade
5.4 ?
  • 17 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 28.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 104.0 INCH
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'0" Height
  • 32 1/4" Arm Length
  • 232LBS. Weight
  • 9" Hands

Overview

Football is a family affair for the Alexanders. His father, Derrick, Sr., played at Oklahoma State and his brother, Derrick, Jr., is also heading toward an NFL career after excelling as a defensive lineman at Tulsa. Alexander's natural football acumen shone through in his first year with the Sooners, winning the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year by starting the final eight games, making 80 tackles, 3.5 for loss, and forcing two fumbles. He started all 13 games each of the next two seasons, earning second-team All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press in 2014 (107 tackles, six for loss, 1.5 sacks) and first-team all-conference accolades from coaches as a junior (103 tackles, seven for loss, 1.5 sacks). Even though he could have stayed at Oklahoma one more season, he decided to join his brother on the road to the next level.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.75 seconds
Short shuttle: 4.59 seconds
3-cone drill: 7.81 seconds

Analysis

Strengths

Has speed to chase and corral. Able to close out stray running backs and bootleg­-action quarterbacks. Lateral quickness and agility to scrape from gap to gap ahead of climbing linemen on off-­tackle plays. Open field change of direction opens door to make more plays. Undersized but willing to sacrifice his body by chopping down short­-pulling guards to stack the hole. Downhill tackler looking to stop it before it gets started. Made 32 percent of his tackles this season for gains of two yards or less. Smooth drops into space with natural man-­cover talent.

Weaknesses

Needs work in the weight room to add needed mass. Very little "take­-on" ability and can be blasted out of the hole. Sticks to blocks. Might not possess the strength or instincts to play inside in a 4­-3. Frequently over­-pursues causing him to void his run fits. Needs improved inside-­out approach in pursuit of ball carriers. Tackle consistency can improve with bulk and a "body up" attack. Can be fooled completely out of a play by play­ fakes.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5 or 6

Sources Tell Us

"Small and can't get off blocks. Not very instinctive either. He'll get drafted earlier because he can run but I see him as a late rounder at best." -- Big 12 area scout

NFL Comparison

Brandon Marshall

Bottom Line

Small, but rangy linebacker with very good play speed but a lack of desired strength. It's easy to want to write Alexander off considering his issues with play strength, but then you look at his downhill tackling and ability to get to the ball and you reassess. Alexander's ability to cover in space should pair well with a move to outside linebacker in a 4-­3 where he can avoid some of the size coming at him that gave him issues inside.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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