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2018 NFL Draft Scouting Report: CB Jaire Alexander

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 192 lbs.

Age: 21

School: Louisville


40-yard dash: 4.38 sec.

Vertical: 35.0”

Broad: 127.0”

Bench: 14 reps

3-cone: 6.71 sec.



Great athleticism. Top-end speed, quickness, and acceleration. Easily mirrors receivers in man-to-man coverage. Can press or play off-man. Quick to distinguish route combinations in zone coverage. Great instincts. Excellent hands. Finds the ball in the air and attacks it aggressively. Dangerous when turning defense to offense. Willing and effective tackler. Extremely tough. Short memory. Rare ability to set the tone on defense from the cornerback position. Played big against top competition (three forced turnovers against Deshaun Watson in 2016).



Sometimes beaten by the deep ball. Can over-pursue as a tackler. Durability is a concern.


NFL Comparisons

Darius Slay – Joe Haden – Tre’Davious White



Alexander is a versatile cornerback that can shadow the opponent’s top receiver and transform an entire defense when he’s on the field. If he stays healthy, Alexander could quickly emerge into an elite defensive playmaker.


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