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2016 NFL Draft: Mackensie Alexander selected 54th overall by Minnesota Vikings

Mackensie Alexander - CB, ClemsonPick Analysis


Mackensie Alexander – CB, Clemson

Pick Analysis

The value is there. But he’s not your typical Mike Zimmer corner, physically. Don’t call him undersized though. Short, yes, but he is stoutly built, has some strength to hold up in the NFL, and more importantly is fast with the ability to mirror wide receivers and keep with them. His best atribute his his competitiveness. There’s two questionable common statements about Alexander. One is to say that he’s never made an interceptions. That’s countered by the amount of times he’s thrown to. The counter is that when he is, he doesn’t challenge the ball and make a play on the ball in the air. Both have validitiy, neither are definitive, we’ll have to see. On e thing is for sure, it’s perfect for Alexander, even if his ego means he will have wanted to go earlier, believeing himself to be the best corner in the draft. But Zim will coach him up, and get the best out of him. Rebecca Rennie

Player Analysis

Alexander has taken a similar path to this point as Apple.  Taking a redshirt year initially in 2013, he earned a starting role in 2014 and has put together two excellent years before declaring for the draft as a redshirt sophomore.  He doesn’t have the ideal height desired, but is about as solidly built on that frame as he probably could be.  What he does have without question is fantastic athleticism, with both the straight line speed and short area quickness to excel in man coverage.  As a result, Alexander was rarely tested all season long in 2015 with quarterbacks choosing to avoid he side of the field as much as they could.  While it’s still slightly disappointing as he’s had opportunities, it does partly explain the unusual stat that will see Alexander enter the NFL as a possible first round corner without a single interception over his college career.  While his ability to stick tightly to receivers is very impressive and scares off QB’s from throwing his way, on the occasions they do, Alexander can give up some completions.  He rarely actually makes a break on the ball, and could do with working on getting his head around and become the receiver.  He’s not going to be an ideal fit for every team, including many who look for more height for their outside corners.  He’ll therefore be looked at as a nickel only on some boards.  Few however can match his coverage skills, and this is a hard working player both on and off the field with an aggressive, tenacious game and unwavering confidence in his abilities. (Rebecca Rennie)

Grade B+


2016 NFL Draft: Mackensie Alexander selected 54th overall by Minnesota Vikings

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