A high-energy player who uses his length well and could be a good rotational option at the next level. Should be drafted in the late rounds.
Alexander was again a rotational starter in 2009 as a sophomore, finishing with 23 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery (returned for a TD). His playing time increased in 2010 as a junior with 9 starts, recording 39 tackles, 13.0 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks and 1 forced fumble.
Alexander had his best season in 2011 as a senior with 13 starts, finishing with 54 tackles, 1 interception, 3 forced fumbles and a career- and team-best 19.0 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks, earning First Team All-Big 12 honors and was the conference's Co-Defensive Player of the Year.
Alexander is a solid overall athlete with an active, attacking motor, but lacks any dynamic qualities to be consistently effective against NFL blockers. He had a career-year in 2011 and played inspired, really benefiting from the fifth year, but where was this intensity the past few years?
Alexander continued to grow on me as a pro prospect throughout his senior season and could be considered a late bloomer, but doesn't have a high ceiling at the next level because of his very ordinary measureables and skill-set ~ a hard working rusher worth a mid-to-late round draft pick, but will face an uphill battle to see playing time in the pros.
Strengths: Has fluid footwork to redirect and change his momentum, showing good pursuit and chase skills with closing burst ~ plays fast and doesn't let up. He has quick get-off speed and is routinely the first defensive lineman off the ball ~ very good snap anticipation, timing-up the snap count.
Alexander flashes strength at the point of attack with active, violent hand usage and doesn't give up on his pass rush ~ forceful with his upper body to defeat blocks. He plays with very good effort and energy ~ strong hustle player and doesn't quit on plays. Alexander is aggressive with good awareness to track the ball and attack.
He is tenacious and tough, showing an improved intensity and motor. Alexander is competitive and versatile, lining up in either the two or three-point stance and moving inside to the three-technique in passing situations ~ very good at gaining inside leverage by shooting the gaps.
He showed improvement against the run as a senior, holding contain and playing stout at the point of attack. Alexander does a nice job elevating and getting his hands into the passing lanes to deflect passes (14 career passes broken up in college).
He had an extremely productive senior season, tallying team-highs in sacks (8.5) and tackles for loss (19.0) ~ awarded as the Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the Big 12.
Weaknesses: Alexander has only average size and strength and needs to add bulk to his upper and lower body. He isn't a sudden athlete with very ordinary flexibility and fluidity ~ not overly explosive and lacks the speed to consistently win the edge.
Alexander is an upright rusher and plays too high ~ not a natural bender and pops too upright off the snap. He has limited power and struggles to disengage blocks ~ not overpowering in any aspect of his game.
Alexander is too aggressive, biting on fakes and allowing himself to be caught out of position. He has poor leverage against the run and can be washed out of the play ~ too easily redirected. Alexander needs to consistently finish and complete the tackle. He had only one season of elite production ~ somewhat of a one-year wonder.
NFL Comparison: Jammie Kirlew, Jacksonville Jaguars."
-- Dane Brugler
Isn't a real explosive athlete, doesn't have the speed to threaten the edge or the flexibility to flatten out. Did a better job as a senior playing lower into contact. Does a good job extending his arms and using his length to eventually work himself free as well.
Looks more balanced/sudden when looking to disengage as a power player and creates most of his pressure disengaging from contact. Has a good motor and works through the whistle, creates most of his pressures because of his motor and length, but isn't by any stretch a consistent pass rusher.
Isn't a consistent anchor player vs. the run game either. Again gets high off the ball, exposes his pad level and can't sit into his stance. Isn't effective on the move vs. slide down blocks, lacks the athleticism to beat an offensive tackle to a spot, gets upright and can easily be sealed from the football.
Works pretty hard in pursuit from the backside, but is upright and looks stiff when closing. Isn't going to make plays off his frame routinely in the NFL.
Impression: Isn't a great athlete, but is improving his pad level and uses his length to fend off blocks. Should at least give himself a chance of working his way into a rotation because of his size."
Uses his arms to fend off blockers and has active hands (moreso as a pass rusher).
Does not play with strength or leverage at the point.
Average athleticism, suddenness and flexibility, which affects his finishing ability.
Is not a power player and production is effort-based."
Has good initial quickness off the snap and decent closing speed; also has a great motor and doesn’t quit until the whistle;
Isn’t all that agile, though, and doesn’t change direction all that well; also struggles to get off blocks at the point of attack and is not that accomplished a run defender; could also get some looks as a 3-4 rush LB."
Negatives -- Doesn't have the elite natural ability of an elite pass-rusher, isn't an explosive athlete, doesn't have the speed to threaten the edge and lacks the bend to dip his shoulder inside, average closing speed... Doesn't change direction very well and can be a bit stiff in space, might struggle in a 3-4 due to lack of athleticism but is a bit on the small side to be an every-down player in a 4-3... Weak lower half, needs to improve his lower-body strength; can struggle to anchor, as he gets too high off the snap and taken out of the play... Needs to play with better pad level, gets too upright and linemen can get underneath him... His lack of athleticism might be exploited this off-season and his stock may fall, but he is a gamer and not a workout guy."