Ex-Vikings Cornerback Auditions with Dolphins

Ex-Vikings Cornerback Auditions with Dolphins
Aug 24, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mackensie Alexander. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports.

Spending time with the Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals to date, cornerback Mackensie Alexander could soon join the Miami Dolphins.

The 28-year-old recently worked out with the Dolphins, a team with a new head coach in Mike McDaniel and star wideout Tyreek Hill.

A Flordia native, Alexander spent five seasons with the Vikings (2016-2019, 2021), separated by a stint in 2020 with the Bengals. Alexander is well-known in the Vikings orbit, playing 71 games for the franchise, and was selected with 2nd-Round draft capital from Clemson in 2016.

Oct 17, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mackensie Alexander. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports.

Alexander wasn’t retained by Minnesota in 2022 when a new general manager (Kwesi Adofo-Mensah) and head coach (Kevin O’Connell) took over for Rick Spielman and Mike Zimmer. The 2021 season was rough for Alexander, who tallied a 41.0 grade from Pro Football Focus. The score ranked dead last in the NFL among 116 qualifying cornerbacks.

All told, this is Alexander’s PFF resume through six seasons:

  • 2016 = 47.5
  • 2017 = 56.4
  • 2018 = 78.1
  • 2019 = 65.7
  • 2020 = 60.4
  • 2021 = 41.0

If signed in Miami, Alexander would compete for a roster spot against Keion Crossen, Tino Ellis, Elijah Hamilton, Xavien Howard, Noah Igbinoghene, Byron Jones, Kader Kohou, Nik Needham, and D’Angelo Ross.

NFL roster cuts begin on Tuesday, August 16th, and continue weekly until all teams reach 53 men per roster on August 30th.

With the Vikings, Alexander recorded 154 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, and two interceptions.

Former Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater also plays for the Dolphins, albeit as the team’s QB2.

** UPDATE ** Alexander signed with the Dolphins soon after the publication of this article.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).

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