With over 1,600 votes tallied, the readers of VT have pretty handily handed out an “A” grade for last night’s first round selection of wide receiver Laquon Treadwell. We are not stopping with the Laquon Treadwell draft grade, however, and now it is time for you to give us your first impressions of our second pick.
The Vikings stayed put at 54th overall and selected Clemson cornerback Mackensie Alexander. Alexander, who is our 16th ranked player on the Vikings Territory Big Board, will join a talented young secondary that already contains Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes on the depth chart.
Alexander may not fit a pressing need, but he will certainly be touted as a “best player available” style pick that is rumored to have slid down draft boards due to a brash personality. He has some serious confidence on the field that is thought to translate poorly to teammates, but Mike Zimmer’s hard-nosed coaching may be the best situation for Alexander to land in.
He is 5′ 10″ and 190 pounds and is well known for getting zero interceptions in college. His talent gave him few opportunities, however, and he also gave up zero touchdowns as a red-shirt sophomore in 2015. He is another man corner with plenty of upside that Zimmer has placed in his tool bag before heading to work for the 2016 season.
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