Carolina Panthers' NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Mackensie Alexander

The Carolina Panthers already have their starters set at cornerback but could use depth. Is Mackensie Alexander the answer? We take a closer look at the former Clemson cornerback.

College Stats/Awards

Season Games Tackles Passes Defended Interceptions Fumble Recovery
2014 10 21 6 0 1
2015 13 23 5 0 0

*Stats courtesy of Sports-Reference.com

Combine/Pro Day Results

Event NFL Combine Pro Day
40-yard Dash N/A 4.47 seconds
Bench Press 11 N/A
Vertical Jump N/A 37 1/2 inches
Broad Jump N/A 121 inches
3-Cone Drill N/A 7.18 seconds
20-yard Shuttle N/A 4.21 seconds
60-yard Shuttle N/A N/A

*Results courtesy of NFL.com

Strengths

  • Confident

There is no doubt that Mackensie Alexander is a confident player. He is not afraid to go up against the opposing offense's best wide receiver and usually wins those battles.

That confidence carried over to the NFL Combine when during his interview prior to his workouts he said he was the best cornerback in this draft class.

  • Great Instincts

One of the reasons Alexander was as successful as he was is because of his great instincts on the football field. This may be due in part to his work in the film room and according to Alexander is something that sets him apart from the rest of the other cornerbacks. During his Combine interview, Alexander said, "There's nobody more dedicated than me, who's put more time in or is more of a competitor than me." It showed watching him play last year.

Weaknesses

  • Lack of Turnovers/Interceptions

The biggest glaring weakness for Alexander is the fact that he failed to force an interception in 23 games at Clemson and if it wasn't for a fumble recovery in 2014, he would have had no turnovers. 

This may not be a huge weakness though as it appears Alexander was not targeted often by opposing quarterbacks, finishing with low tackle totals as well. He was able to break up a number of passes though in limited opportunities with 11 over two seasons.

How he fits with the Carolina Panthers?

At 5'10" Alexander doesn't necessarily have the ideal height for being an outside cornerback so initially Alexander would be most successful inside as a nickelback. He could be eased into the NFL game, relying on his instincts to take away quicker, slot wide receivers.

However, his height won't stop Alexander from making the move to being an outside corner because of how competitive he is. He will fight for every ball thrown his way, no matter the height of the wide receiver he is going against. This type of personality is the right fit for the Panthers' defense. As a nickelback though, Alexander will need to prove he can make those game-changing plays and pull down interceptions when the opportunities present themselves.

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