The Minnesota Vikings selected Mackensie Alexander with the 23rd pick of the second round, 54th overall Friday. The former Clemson Tiger is the seventh cornerback taken in the draft.
The 5-foot-10-inch, 190-pound Immokalee, Fla. native was a third-team All-American and first-team All-ACC as a redshirt sophomore in 2015. His production was limited to no interceptions and 11 pass breakups in two seasons for the Tigers. Many felt it was due to opposing offenses throwing away from him.
There is no questioning his confidence, toughness nor attitude.
The Vikings finished the day with just one selection on Day 2. General manager Rick Spielman sent the 23rd pick in the third round, 86th overall, to the Miami Dolphins for the 11th pick in the sixth round, 186th overall, as well as a third and fourth round selection in the 2017 draft.
INSTANT ANALYSIS: He is not big nor a ball hawk, but he is going to hit you. He has no problem trying to run through the ball carrier and will let them know about it. He anticipates routes by reading the receiver and takes away the top option. He does not have the size nor ball skills to excel on the outside. He figures to be a slot cover corner that the team will likely hope to utilize like former Viking Antoine Winfield.