2016 NFL Mock Draft: Full First-Round Projections, Super Bowl Edition

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Mackensie Alexander
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Mackenzie Alexander. 13. player. 54. <p>The Eagles’ current situation at cornerback is a mess. They thought they were solving their problems by signing Byron Maxwell last offseason, but that didn’t quite pan out. Eric Rowe was only a rookie, but his abilities in coverage were far from impressive. E.J. Biggers was their most prominent backup, and he was the worst of the three cornerbacks I’ve mentioned. Only Nolan Carroll was a solid cover man in Philadelphia, but was a huge liability against the run.</p> <p>That’s why a player like Alexander makes sense here. He possesses tremendous athleticism, outstanding instincts and he displays excellent body control in coverage. Drafting him would give them an automatic upgrade at cornerback, and a reliable cover man who can create even more turnovers for the Philadelphia defense.</p> <p>Alexander still has a lot to learn about playing cornerback in the NFL, but the upside is there for him to emerge as one of the league’s best once he further develops his physical tools. The Eagles’ defense needs a true difference-maker, and the Clemson product is worth the risk at this point in the draft.</p>. Cornerback. Clemson

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