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2018 Prospect Preview: Why Jaire Alexander ranks near the top of the CB draft board

By Mark Chichester
Jul 25, 2017

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 29: Jaire Alexander #10 of the Louisville Cardinals runs the ball during Louisville's game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Scott Stadium on October 29, 2016 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Chet Strange/Getty Images)
  • Louisville CB Jaire Alexander enters the 2017 college season as a Day 2 projection for the NFL draft, and is ranked among the top CBs on PFF’s draft board..
  • Alexander played 844 of 933 possible snaps for the Louisville Cardinals in a season that saw him emerge as one of the best cover cornerbacks in the nation. He ended last season with a PFF overall grade of 87.4, ranking No. 5 of 269 qualifying cornerbacks.
  • He led his team in interceptions (five), and notched had nine passes defended on 60 targets, which was T-No. 7 among draft-eligible cornerbacks. In coverage, Alexander allowed just 0.79 yards per cover snap, which ranked No. 5 of 31 ACC cornerbacks with at least 240 snaps.
  • Heading into 2017, Alexander will look to improve his tackling. Last season, Alexander produced a tackling efficiency of 6.43, which ranked No. 187 of 295 college cornerbacks.

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