SCOUTING Frank Alexander

The Panthers traded one of their 2012 sixth round picks and a 2013 third round pick to the --- in order to select Oklahoma defensive end Frank Alexander.

The Panthers traded one of their 2012 sixth round picks and a 2013 third round pick in order to select Oklahoma defensive end Frank Alexander.

See what our friends at Optimum Scouting had to say about Alexander:

Coming off a solid junior season with 13 tackles for loss and 7 sacks, Frank Alexander stepped up his game up to whole new level by posting 19 tackles for loss and 8 and half sacks. His play as a senior in 2011 earned him defensive player of the year and defensive lineman of the year honors in the Big 12. Despite an incredibly productive career at a prestigious school, well known for doling out NFL Draft talent each and every offseason, Alexander is considered just a mid to late round draft prospect. Has power and anchor ability at the point, and can push the pocket. Lacks an explosive or sudden element as a pass rusher, and doesn't have a go-to move. Has nice hands and good locating skills to bat passes at the line of scrimmage. Needs to play with lower pad level and get more bend as a pass rusher; has the athleticism and body control to fight through blocks, making plays in the backfield. Able to push the pocket and drive his man into the quarterback whenever he lands his hand punch and arm extension; strong-armed and long player.

Converts speed to power well, using his hands to get underneath his opponent's midsection and drive thru to the QB. Plays with leverage at times against the run, working his hands underneath the blocker, anchoring at the point, and holding the line of scrimmage. Sets hard edge and retraces well back to the football; also does nice job breaking down at heel depth when rushing and closing on the ball carrier.

Doesn't consistently lock out versus the run, and as a result, is a step late shedding. Has particularly difficult time fending off combo blocks when faced with zone action his direction. This inconsistency to make plays off blocks, will limit his production early in the league. Never allows himself to be driven out of play or pushed back by holding a solid anchor and having great balance. Doesn't do anything poorly or anything great, but is a solid 3 down player with sound technique and a strong work ethic. Though a late Day 2 selection is not completely out of the question, looks like a 4th round player that can work into a rotation.


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