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Prospect Profile: Mackensie Alexander



Cornerback|Clemson|RS Sophomore

Height:5 feet, 10 inches |Weight:190 pounds

College Stats

2015:As a redshirt sophomore, Alexander started 13 of the 14 games he played. He recorded 23 tackles (18 solo), 2.0 tackles for loss and five passes broken up. Alexander was part of a Clemson defense that allowed an average of only 16.7 points per game, and he earned third-team All-American and first-team All-ACC honors.

Career:Alexander played 27 games for Clemson, starting 26 of them. Over two seasons, he recorded 44 tackles (33 solo), 4.0 tackles for loss and 11 passes broken up.

Combine Results:

Bench press: 11 reps

*Alexander did not complete any other on-field drills at the combine. *

Summary:Alexander's statistical production may be minimal, but it goes to show that opposing teams respected his defensive prowess and didn't often challenge him. He makes up for his shorter stature in explosiveness on the field.'s Lance Zierlein refers to Alexander as a "fiery competitor" who demonstrates confidence and adaptability. Over two active seasons with the Tigers, he allowed just 29.6 percent completions and no touchdowns.

After redshirting in 2013 due to a groin injury, Alexander made an immediate impact in his freshman season. Clemson implemented Alexander as a full-time starter in 2014, playing 766 snaps. He recorded 21 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and six passes broken up. That year, Alexander was named a Freshman All-American and received honorable mention All-ACC honors.

"My job is not to get in your head, but if I get in your head, then that's on you," Alexander said during a media session at the combine. "My job is to eliminate you, and make you go elsewhere, make you do different stuff. I'm a very patient guy. […] I get the memo that I talk a lot of trash. I don't really talk trash – I speak facts. I just tell you what it is, and what you're not going to do. If you get one, good. I gave you that. You didn't beat me. So stuff like that. I just do my job. If [receivers] are frustrated, that's on them."

Stacking up:NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks ranked Alexander as the number three cornerback prospect in his pre-combine position rankings. Brooks' counterpart Mike Mayock initially ranked Alexander at number three but bumped him down to number five after the combine. Daniel Jeremiah ranked Alexander 22nd overall in his 50 top draft prospects after the combine.

High school hype:Alexander played for Immokalee High School in Florida. During his career, he tallied 139 tackles and 10 interceptions. ESPN rated Alexander as a five-star recruit, and he was ranked the fourth best overall player in his class.* *

Notable Immokalee alumni include former NFL players Albert Bentley, Edgerrin James and Javarris James.

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