Alexander is one of the top punt returners in the nation. He does an excellent job of making the first guy miss. He averaged 65 yards per return against Florida State, including a touchdown. Alexander has tremendous recovery speed allowing him to make plays most can’t make. He has tremendous ball skills. Alexander does a great job of undercutting a receiver’s route and finishing the play. He is quick to adjust his coverage in zone, where he seamlessly switches off wide receivers. Alexander is a good open field tackler.
The main thing that concerns me with Alexander is his size. The 5’11” part is not ideal, but he can get outmuscled by bigger wide outs. This lack of strength shows up when he attempts to jam a receiver at the line of scrimmage. This doesn’t allow him to alter their route.
Jaire Alexander has the speed and ball skills that should translate well to the NFL. He is one of the top return specialists available in this draft. His lack of size, however, may relegate him to the nickel cornerback position. While that is a valuable position, I don’t know if it is first round value.
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58 tackles, 6 interceptions, 11 PBU
42 punt returns, 418 yards, 1 TD
Today we look at one of the top young cornerbacks available for this year’s draft. Jaire Alexander arrived in Louisville as a three-star prospect from Rocky River HS in Charlotte. He chose the Cardinals after being committed to South Carolina when Steve Spurrier & Company abruptly stopped contacting him. Alexander started one game as a true freshman before emerging as a sophomore. He had five interceptions in 13 games started.
GAMES WATCHED: 2016: Syracuse, Florida State, Clemson, Virginia, LSU (Bowl)