Mackensie Alexander


#2 RS Sophomore
5’10” 195

  • Solid in bump and run coverage
  • Fluidity throughout being smooth in transition when rotating hips and change of direction
  • Elite straight line speed though seems to have some heavy feet.
  • Follows the best receiver on the field in every game
  • Not ideal length but does not serve as a big disadvantage on film
  • Somewhat of a careless tackler; looks for the big hit instead.
  • Almost too aggressive at times drawing interference penalties.
  • Good body control
  • Doesn’t lack in the confidence category
  • 2015 First Team All-ACC

The former top recruit out of Immokalee, Florida lived up to his high billing in just two seasons as the starting boundary cornerback for the Clemson Tigers. In 2014, he was named to the Freshman All-America team and was a honorable mention All-ACC candidate. In just his second season as the full-time starting cornerback for the Tigers, he earned third-team All-American honors and was an easy choice for the first-team all-conference team. Not having recorded even one interception in his 25 games, Alexander’s stock has fluctuated throughout the conclusion of the 2015 season until whenever you are reading this. His strong showing at the Clemson Pro Day helped escalate his stock back into what could be a first round selection. 

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 (not impressive) 

Though not recording an interception, Alexander does possess adequate ball skills (I am going against the grain some with the definition) being able to locate and make a play on the football. The confidence he brings each game is much appreciated as he matches up against the best receivers on the opposing side winning the battle the majority of the time. Alexander boasts the description of being a lockdown corner at the college level being rarely targeted and when targeted he only allowed 30-percent of the passes to be caught. His biggest attribute is not allowing one touchdown in his two-year career. 

The redshirt sophomore shows fluidity throughout his body being smooth in transition when rotating hips and change of direction but doesn’t show appreciated footwork to stay on par with receivers especially with his projection to play on the outside in the NFL. He can sometimes fall victim to the quickness and speed of some outside receivers but can counter that as he shows elite straight line speed. Alexander’s top-notch athleticism with his speed and explosiveness supply as great tools for the sticky cover corner to land in the first round. 

NFL Comparison: Kareem Jackson, Texans
Not the longest corners out there, but out play their smaller frame with a physical and feisty style doing the best work one on one.

Round Value: First Round

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