In December, former Rocky River High star Jaire Alexander announced he would skip his senior season at Louisville and enter the NFL draft.
Coming off an injury filled junior year, some experts questioned his decision. Now, it looks like Alexander made the right choice.
A new NFL.com mock draft has the Charlottean is going in the first round – to Minnesota with the 30th pick.
Alexander only played six games because of injuries to his knee and hand last season. He was second-team All-ACC as a sophomore, when he established a reputation as an elite cover corner and a dangerous punt returner.
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In his sophomore season, Alexander (5-11, 192 pounds) had five interceptions, nine pass break-ups, and a 69-yard punt return for a touchdown (against Florida State). Pro Football Focus, a website that focuses on analysis of NFL and college football, ranked him the ACC’s best cornerback for the 2016 season.
Alexander has signed with rapper Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports agency.
In high school, Alexander was a 3-star (out of 5) national recruit. And 247Sports ranked him as the No. 33 overall player from North Carolina in the class of 2015 and No. 941 nationally.
In his junior and senior seasons, in 2013 and 2014, Alexander played wide receiver and defensive back. He totaled 1,693 receiving yards, 26 touchdowns and 84 tackles. He wanted to play ACC football in North Carolina, but no N.C. ACC school offered him scholarship. Alexander initially committed to Charlotte’s 49ers but switched to South Carolina. He was worried that Gamecocks’ coach Steve Spurrier might retire, so he visited Louisville and committed the next day. He started school there in January 2015.