2018 NFL Draft: Scouting Jaire Alexander

2018 NFL Mock Draft

Jaire Alexander
Cornerback #10
Junior, 5’11,” 192 pounds

Strengths:

  • Thrives in off-man with quality transition quickness and balanced foot cadence
  • Highly instinctual with superb recognition skills to squeeze throwing lanes and disrupt developing screens
  • Reliant on length and know-how to leverage receivers along the sideline
  • Sits on stick routes and comebacks with balanced footwork and short-area movement skills to maintain hip-pocket positioning
  • Reactive and aggressive in press, forcing receivers along outside path and disrupting their timing when releasing
  • Does a great job of consistently maintaining feel and awareness in zone while remaining engaged with the quarterback
  • Snuffs out developing routes underneath in a hurry before forcefully driving on them
  • Zone turns and transitions are fluid and on-time to consistently play in-phase
  • Locates and attacks the ball like a receiver, playing deep shots with an aggressive mindset
  • Has experience as both a left and right corner
  • Can play to and from the boundary

 

Weaknesses:

  • Features a lanky build with room for added girth
  • Initial transition burst is closer to average than his overall talent would suggest
  • Understanding of angle when chasing ball carriers doesn’t operate consistently
  • Savvy receivers will expose his lack of coordinated footwork in press
  • Long-striders who can run will test him vertically
  • Would like to see increased effort and desire as a run defender
  • Can become too passive when soft-shoeing and ultimately allow early vertical separation

Pro comp: Mackensie Alexander

Draft projection: First round

In 2016, the Louisville product cemented himself as one of college football’s names to know entering the 2017 campaign. Despite his underwhelming build, Alexander plays bigger than his size when mixing it up with receivers off the line and playing the ball in the air, and his skillset proves that he can handle man and zone systems. The case can be made for Alexander as one of this class’ top three corners if not the top dog; expect to hear his name on Day 1 and become an early starter.

 

 




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