Slow the Hype Train: Mackensie Alexander Is a Raw, Unfinished Product

March 12, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

While Deshaun Watson received the Heisman consideration and national spotlight, it was the Clemson Tigers defense that grew into one of the nation’s best. As the leader of the Clemson secondary, Mackensie Alexander frequently matched up with the opposing team’s best receiver and emerged as one of the country’s most respected cornerbacks. After the Clemson defense’s breakout season and the team's national title run, Alexander’s entry into the 2016 NFL draft wasn’t surprising.
But with just an injury-related redshirt season and two years of college football experience under his belt, his lack of refinement consistently shows up on film. While his hip fluidity and overall athleticism give evaluators reason for excitement, unrefined technique in both his hand placement and footwork should worry scouts about his NFL future. 
Hip Fluidity Is a Reason for Optimism
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