Photo of Mackensie Alexander
Drafted By: Vikings
  • Round 2
  • Pick 23
  • Overall 54

Combine Results

Grade
5.98 ?
  • 11 REPS
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"A lot of people thought he was a first-rounder around bowl season. He is quick and fast, but there's a lack of ball production. He was a two-year starter, but with zero interceptions. He'll compete for a nickel cornerback spot." -- Mike Mayock

  • 5'10" Height
  • 31 3/8" Arm Length
  • 190LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/8" Hands

Overview

One of the most highly sought-after recruits in Clemson history, Alexander was ranked the fourth-best prospect in the country by ESPN coming out of high school. His work ethic and football acumen would have gotten him on the field as a true freshman in 2013 season, but he redshirted instead with a groin injury. Once Alexander got on the field, opponents found out why he was rated so highly. In 2014, he was named Freshman All-American and honorable mention All-ACC honors as a full-time starter. As a redshirt sophomore, he earned third-team All-American and first-team all-conference notice for locking down receivers. In fact, his lack of statistical production over the past two years (no interceptions, 11 pass breakups in 2014-2015) shows how little opponents challenged him.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.47 seconds
Vertical: 37 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 10 feet, 1 inch
Short shuttle: 4.21 seconds
3-cone: 7.18 seconds

Analysis

Strengths

Fiery competitor who is quick to mix it up with a receiver after the play. Extremely confident and shows signs of being able to rise to the occasion against elevated competition. Allowed just 29.6 percent completions and no touchdowns. Got the best of OU wide receiver Sterling Shepard in back-to-back seasons. Smaller, but well built with good muscular definition. Able to read wide receivers and gain a head start on their plans. Goes to work in the film room. Reacts quickly to what he sees. Has very good recovery quickness within the first 10 yards to close out any early separation. Showed improved technique as season progressed. Loves to trap and crowd outside releases against the sideline. When he learns to play ball over man, his passes defensed will jump. Plays stronger than his size and his demeanor fires up his teammates.

Weaknesses

Shorter than teams like for cornerbacks outside and will have his hands full with NFL size outside. When bailing in coverage, needs to make sure to stay within play range of wide receiver. Can get too caught up in trash ­talking. Production numbers lower than expected. During two­-year stint with Clemson had no interceptions and just ten total passes defensed. Relies on reactive quickness over quality footwork. A little frenetic opening up from press coverage and could struggle against a crafty, NFL release until he gains more experience.

Draft Projection

Round 2

NFL Comparison

Desmond Trufant

Bottom Line

Alexander is a difficult evaluation because there are times on tape that he looks vulnerable to quickness off the line of scrimmage and he doesn’t have the prototypical size of a top­-end NFL cornerback. However, he was consistently sticky in man coverage and played with the instincts and confidence needed from a true cover corner. Alexander's confidence may border on cockiness at times, but that also seems to feed his competitive fire. Alexander might struggle early on, but should settle in to become a quality starter by his second year.
-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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