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Name: *Jaire Alexander (+) Coming off Sept 2017 Leg INJ
College: Louisville     Number: 10
Height: 5-10   Weight: 196
Position: CB  Pos2: KR  Class/Draft Year: Jr/2018
40 Low: 4.32
  40 Time: 4.38
   40 High: 4.48

Projected Round: 1      Stock: 
Rated number 3 out of 206 CB's     25 / 2197 TOTAL
Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 5102
Weight: 196

PD3X AKA "Official"
40 Yard Dash (ET):
 4.38

40 Yard Dash (HH): 4.37
20 Yard (ET): 2.55
20 Yard (HH): 2.49
10 Yard (ET): 1.52
10 Yard (HH): 1.53
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 14
Vertical Jump: 35
Broad Jump: 10'07"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 3.98
3-Cone Drill: 6.71


Dates: 03/29/18
Hand: 09 1/2  Arm: 31 1/8
Wingspan: 74 3/4

Height: 5102
Weight: 196

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 4.45  Stood on Combine Numbers.
 Data Scout Notes: 2017: 12-22-17- Announced Early Entry into 2018 NFL Draft/(+) Coming off 2017 Knee/Hand INJs...HMC...(+) Coming off Sept 2017 Leg INJ...PBednarik...2016: 2ndC...2015: NAM
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  Jaire Alexander
Cornerback
Louisville Cardinals
5-11 192 4.45 #10
Charlotte, North Carolina
Rocky River High School
Born February 9, 1997


 Update

  12/22/17 - Louisville junior cornerback Jaire Alexander will not play in next week's TaxSlayer Bowl and will turn pro, the school announced Friday morning. "I know it was a very difficult decision for Jaire," Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino said in a statement. "I appreciate the contributions he made to the program over the last three seasons, and I wish him all the best in the future." Alexander is rated as a late second-round prospect by NFLDraftScout.com. Louisville plays Mississippi State in the TaxSlayer Bowl on Dec. 30 in Jacksonville, Fla. Alexander (5-foot-11, 192 pounds) suffered through an injury-plagued junior year in which he sustained a knee injury in the season opener against Purdue and a broken hand in practice in late October. He finished with 19 tackles and one interception in six games. He entered the season with some preseason All-America honors, coming off a sophomore year in which he intercepted five passes -- two against eventual national champion Clemson -- and was explosive in the return game, including a 69-yard punt return vs. Florida State.

 Overview

  A "big" reason for the turnaround on defense in New Orleans has been the stellar play of rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who rewarded the Saints' faith with the 11th overall selection in the 2017 NFL draft after struggling with various injuries at Ohio State.

Other NFL teams could see Alexander as offering similar potential.

Alexander entered the 2017 season as one of the more intriguing cover corners in the country after a breakout sophomore campaign in which he earned Second Team All-ACC honors with five interceptions.

Unfortunately, rather than build upon his success, Alexander largely limped 2017, suffering a knee injury on a kick return in the season-opener against Purdue, aggravating the knee injury a few weeks later and later breaking his hand. As a result, Alexander played in just six games, recording a total of 19 tackles, including one for loss and defending four passes, one of which he intercepted. Rival conference coaches showed their respect for Alexander's talent, voting him onto the Honorable Mention All-ACC team, regardless.

Despite the injury-plagued season (or perhaps because of it), Alexander opted to forgo his senior season as well as the Tax Slayer Bowl game against Mississippi State and enter the 2018 NFL draft, leaving scouts just 29 games (including 20 starts) to evaluate him.

Alexander played in 12 games and started against Boston College as a true freshman in 2015. He recorded a total of 19 tackles and became the team's primary punt returner, averaging a solid 9.7 yards on 23 attempts with his long 33 yards coming against rival Kentucky. Alexander flashed the skill-set against Texas A&M in a Music City Bowl win that would have fans buzzing a year later, recording a career-high 10 tackles and sparking the Cardinals' offense with a 32-yard punt return.

By any measure Alexander enjoyed a terrific 2016 campaign, earning Second Team All-ACC honors from league coaches and media. He was at his best against key conference foes, returning two punts for 130 yards in a big win over Florida State, including one for a 69 yard touchdown. Alexander was even better against the eventual national champion Clemson Tigers, recording two interceptions of Deshaun Watson and forcing a fumble. He registered another two interception day against Virginia and made a season-high six tackles.

Though Lattimore is the best recent evidence that NFL teams are willing to overlook prior durability issues if the talent is that obvious, general managers do not like looking to the past when evaluating current prospects. By choosing to forgo his final year of eligibility (and doubling-down on the decision by opting not to compete in the Tax Slayer Bowl), Alexander is clearly taking a big risk.

Anyone who has watched him play cornerback, however, knows that Alexander is not afraid of gambles. It is precisely that kind of confidence in himself, in fact, that could entice a team needing a playmaker to roll the dice early, with a top 50 selection quite possible.

BACKGROUND
Enrolled in school early ... a 3-star prospect by Rivals and Scout.com ... tabbed by Scout.com as the fifth-best player in the state of North Carolina and the 22nd by Rivals ... rated the 69th-best cornerback in the country by ESPN.com ... rated the No. 67 cornerback in the nation by Rivals.com and the No. 24 player overall in his state ... registered 30 tackles, four interceptions and 10 pass breakups in 12 games during his senior season ... also played wide receiver, catching 68 passes for 1,123 yards and 18 touchdowns.


 Analysis

  STRENGTHS
Possesses a compact, athletic frame with good overall muscle distribution. Alexander's best attribute is his light feet and fluid hip turn, which helps shadow receivers all over the field. He varies his drop, alternating between a standard back-pedal and side-step when playing tight, complementing his flashy footwork with a surprisingly powerful punch to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage. He shows very good route anticipation, cutting as receivers make their breaks and leaving little room for quarterbacks to throw the ball. Alexander shows good instincts and isn't afraid to take chances in coverage, reading the eyes of the quarterback and dropping his primary receiver to undercut others as the ball is thrown. He shows good ball-skills, extending outside of his frame and plucking the ball out of the air and delivering a late rip at the ball as receivers are attempting to secure it. A dynamic athlete, Alexander is a threat to score any time he has the ball in his hands, showing lightning acceleration, elusiveness and vision to set up blocks with punt return experience. While obviously lacking ideal size, Alexander does not lack for aggression against bigger receivers and as a tackler, taking on would-be blockers aggressively and lowering his shoulder into the knees of ball-carriers for very effective and often quite physical take-downs. -- Rob Rang 12/22/2017

WEAKNESSES
Limited to just six games in 2017 after sustaining a knee injury in the season-opener against Purdue and breaking his hand in practice later in the year, injuries which each require a close examination by team doctors at the Combine. Comes with obvious size limitations with bigger receivers simply able to out-leap him because of their height advantage (Florida State, 2016). Too aggressive for his own good, biting on pump fakes and double-moves and leaving himself scrambling to recover. Occasionally misses tackles with his trademark lunges at the knees (see LSU, 2016). -- Rob Rang 12/22/2017

COMPARES TO: Jason Verrett, Chargers. When healthy, Verrett has lived up to his first-round draft selection (No. 24 overall in 2014), earning a trip to the Pro Bowl in 2015, showing off the quick feet and tenacity to handle coverage duties despite measuring in at just 5-10, 188 pounds. Unfortunately, Verrett has struggled with injuries, missing more games than he's played over his four-year career. With a similar frame and aggressive playing style, durability concerns could limit Alexander's stock despite his coverage skills.

IN OUR VIEW: Alexander may lack ideal size but he is feisty as a rat terrier, winning in coverage because of his elite foot quickness, route anticipation and sticky hands and attacking blocks and ball-carriers in run support, projecting as an immediate nickel and punt return candidate with the potential to handle outside duties.


 2017 Season

  Playing in only six games, Alexander helped stabilize the defense over the last three games. He directed the Cardinals' defense to allowing only 16.0 points per game over that span. The Charlotte native has totaled 19 tackles and one interception.

12/01/17 - 2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): CB Jaire Alexander, Jr., Louisville, 38 Votes,...Playing in only six games, Alexander helped stabilize the defense over the last three games. He directed the Cardinals' defense to allowing only 16.0 points per game over that span. The Charlotte native has totaled 19 tackles and one interception.l

10/21/17 - CB Jaire Alexander suffered a setback with a knee injury in practice this week and won't play today at Florida State, the school announced. Alexander, a preseason All-American in several publications, suffered a knee injury in the opening game against Purdue and has been limited to three games.

09/23/17 - CB Jaire Alexander missed his third consecutive game. He has been recovering from a knee injury suffered in the first half of Louisville's first game

09/17/17 - Louisville junior cornerback Jaire Alexander will watch the No. 14 Cardinals face No. 3 Clemson from the sidelines on Saturday night after being declared out for the second week in a row with a right knee injury. Alexander, who led the Cardinals with five interceptions last season, was hurt in the opener against Purdue trying to return a blocked field goal. Louisville's secondary is allowing 338.5 yards per game and enters the Atlantic Coast Conference showdown against the defending national champion Tigers without one of its top players. Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino said during the week that Alexander was progressing from the injury but noted that his status was being evaluated daily. Senior Ronald Walker is listed as the starter in his Alexander's place and backed up by freshman Russ Yeast.l


 2016 Season

  One of the top cornerbacks in the country ... earned second team all-ACC accolades ... has developed into one of the top cover corners in the nation ... explosive punt returner ... started all 13 games ... leads the team with five interceptions ... started and made an impact of defense, recording five tackles and one tackle for loss in the opener versus Charlotte ... totaled four tackles and recorded his first interception in a win at Syracuse ... returned three punts for 13 yards — including an 18-yard return ... made an impact on the game with his play as a punt returner, returning two punts for 130 yards, including a 69-yard return for a touchdown versus Florida State ... credited with four tackles and a pair of break-ups versus Marshall ... played a career game versus nationally ranked Clemson, recording his first two interception game and forced a fumble ... made three tackles in the win over the Blue Devils ... registered a season-high six tackles and a pair of interceptions versus Virginia, returning them for a total of 37 yards ... totaled three tackles as the Cards limited the Eagles to 207 yards of offense ... credited with a stop as Cards dominated on defense — holding Wake Forest to 214 yards of offense ... picked up three tackles versus Houston.

 2015 Season

  Appeared in 12 games, making one start ... missed Wake Forest contest due to injury ... started at cornerback versus Boston College ... credited with 19 tackles and one interception ... team’s top punt returner ... returned 23 punts for 223 yards for a 9.7 average ... had five punt returns of over 20 or more yards ... returned a punt 24 yards against Houston ... tallied career-high two tackles versus Clemson, NC State and Florida State ... intercepted his first pass and returned it five yards in a win over Samford ... returned a punt for a career-long 33 yards versus Kentucky ... totaled a career-best 10 tackles in the Music City Bowl win over Texas A&M ... returned a punt 32 yards versus the Aggies, the second-longest of the season.

 High School

  Enrolled in school early ... attended Rocky River High School in Charlotte, N.C. and played for Jason Fowler ... 3-star prospect by Rivals and Scout.com ... tabbed by Scout.com as the fifth-best player in the state of North Carolina and the 22nd by Rivals ... rated the 69th-best cornerback in the country by ESPN.com ... rated the No. 67 cornerback in the nation by Rivals.com and the No. 24 player overall in his state ... registered 30 tackles, four interceptions and 10 pass breakups in 12 games during his senior season ... also played wide receiver, catching 68 passes for 1,123 yards and 18 touchdowns ... selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, competing on the North Carolina squad.

 Personal

  Son of Tawanda and Earl Alexander ... born 2/9/97 ... undecided major.

 
 Draft Scout Player News
03/06/18 - 2018 NFL Combine Winners: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville...Although he had already earned a spot in the top 20 on my draft board, Alexander had plenty of doubters entering the Combine. His performance in Indianapolis should help quiet those with concerns. Even more impressive than his 4.38 40-yard dash was his short shuttle (3.98) and three-cone (6.71) times. Alexander, who also posted a 35-inch vertical, is slightly undersized at 5-10 and 196 pounds, but he cemented his status as a first-round prospect. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/27/18 - 2018 NFL Combine: Key Medical Evaluations: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville...Despite being undersized, Alexander is a tough-as-nails competitor. He was able to start only five games in 2017, though, mostly due to a right knee sprain that was reinjured when he was rushed back too early. Alexander also broke a bone in his hand during practice. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/22/17 - Louisville junior cornerback Jaire Alexander will not play in next week's TaxSlayer Bowl and will turn pro, the school announced Friday morning. "I know it was a very difficult decision for Jaire," Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino said in a statement. "I appreciate the contributions he made to the program over the last three seasons, and I wish him all the best in the future." Alexander is rated as a late second-round prospect by NFLDraftScout.com. Louisville plays Mississippi State in the TaxSlayer Bowl on Dec. 30 in Jacksonville, Fla. Alexander (5-foot-11, 192 pounds) suffered through an injury-plagued junior year in which he sustained a knee injury in the season opener against Purdue and a broken hand in practice in late October. He finished with 19 tackles and one interception in six games. He entered the season with some preseason All-America honors, coming off a sophomore year in which he intercepted five passes -- two against eventual national champion Clemson -- and was explosive in the return game, including a 69-yard punt return vs. Florida State. - The Sports Xchange
12/01/17 - 2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): CB Jaire Alexander, Jr., Louisville, 38 Votes,...Playing in only six games, Alexander helped stabilize the defense over the last three games. He directed the Cardinals' defense to allowing only 16.0 points per game over that span. The Charlotte native has totaled 19 tackles and one interception. - Louisville Football
10/21/17 - CB Jaire Alexander suffered a setback with a knee injury in practice this week and won't play today at Florida State, the school announced. Alexander, a preseason All-American in several publications, suffered a knee injury in the opening game against Purdue and has been limited to three games.

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