The Minnesota Vikings got a steal as they decided to spend their 54th overall pick in the second round on former Clemson CB Mackensie Alexander.
The Minnesota Vikings got an absolute steal when they spent their 54th overall pick in the second round on former Clemson cornerback Mackensie Alexander.
Alexander had the talent to be a first round pick, but teams passed on him for different reasons that will come back to bite them later on.
In my opinion, I believe Mackensie Alexander was one of the best defensive backs in the NFL Draft and his lock-down ability is unlike any other. He is also a student of the game.
No one outside of the Clemson football program realize just how much work Alexander put into the film room each and every week. He basically lived in the film room, studying opposing wide receivers and himself.
He also plays with a huge chip on his shoulder, which will only be bigger now knowing that every single team passed on him at least once. That being said, here is what NFL.com had to say about Alexander:
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.
NFL.com’s Mike Mayock said that Alexander will compete for a nickel position, but I believe he will play on the outside.
He will join a talented group of defensive backs in Minnesota, but will compete for playing time. It will be interesting to see what happens, but there’s no doubt that the Vikings got a steal in the 2016 NFL Draft.