12th Pick – New Orleans Saints (7-9)
Mackensie Alexander – CB
Clemson – Redshirt Sophomore
5-10, 195 Pounds
When you look at the success of Clemson, I like to attribute the success to a fiesty defense (nothing against Deshaun Watson), it just seems like the defense propelled them to success. Then you look at the lack of success that the New Orleans Saints had on defense, and you wonder if there is a possible piece in this draft. They do have cornerstone pieces in Stephone Anthony and Cameron Jordan, but they really need some help on the outside corner position. Brandon Browner did nothing for the Saints other then cause defensive problems, and seemed a little bit slower then usual.
For the past two years, Mackensie Alexander (and Cordrea Tankersley) took away the opposite teams best wide receivers, and always seemed to put forth a big effort when the game was on the line. During the championship game, I saw a lot of miscomunication between Alexander and the defense. I think, if Mackensie Alexander is able to use his abilities to jam coverage, he will win 80% of the time. He is athletic enough, and displays natural catch-up speed when he gets beat.
I don’t want to blame the Saints, but the Saints already have Drew Brees and Garrett Grayson. It feels like I have to defend why a certain team is not taking a certain quarterback, but let me assure you, this isn’t the time. The Saints have too many needs on offense and defense to invest into a quarterback who is going to sit either way. At the very least, Mackensie Alexander can contribute immediately.
Player Comparison: Casey Hayward – Green Bay Packers
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