NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock spoke with media over the weekend during the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Scout.com was there and provided the network with the transcription. Over this week, Breaking Burgundy will examine some of Mayock's comments in relation to prospects and the Redskins.
The player: Clemson's Mackensie Alexander is considered one of the elite cover corners in the 2016 class.
Need: The Redskins had a tough time keeping a consistent group of corners on the field last season, partly because of injuries. Though the unit held up admirably despite its seemingly constantly moving pieces last season, it would be unfair to expect the same group to do it again. Regardless, the Redskins will need to add help at the position.
The concern: Alexander failed to record a single interception during his two seasons in the ACC.
Mayock’s take: “One of the things I’m concerned with, with a few of the defensive backs is lack of ball production. And with Mackensie Alexander, you’ve got to do a lot of [scouting] work because a lot of teams didn’t throw at him. So, you can’t downgrade a kid for that. I have more [scouting] work to do on him. I thought he was longer than he actually measured out to be, also. So basically, I’m anxious to see his ball skills.”
What this means: Alexander, who is projected to be drafted anywhere between 10th and 30th overall, could be available when the Redskins pick at No. 21, especially in light of how his measurements came up short of what scouts were expecting. Teams have to do their due diligence on each player in the draft, but especially so with Alexander.
Quarterbacks rarely targeted his area of the field, so he had fewer chances to record interceptions. He could have the ball skills scouts are looking for, but he will have to prove it off the field—a notion that took on added complexity after he sat out Monday’s combine due to hamstring issues, according to NFL Network reporter Kimberley Jones.
Dan Roth is a freelance sportswriter and Breaking Burgundy contributor. Follow Dan on Twitter @danrothdc.
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