2015 NFL DRAFT

Maurice Alexander, SS

School: Utah State  |  Conference: MWC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Saint Louis, MO
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 220 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
336127-FA

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.502.601.56- 3810'3"4.517.05
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
---- --4.24-

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Experienced play-maker who can make bone-jarring hits that resonate with ballcarriers. Good technique and rarely whiffs on tackles. Excellent size for physical NFL strong safety. Has quickness and speed to be effective blitzer and regularly made plays in opposing backfields. Returned to team in 2013 and was praised by coaching staff for maturity.

WEAKNESSES: Strong off-field red flag with 2012 suspension for pleading guilty to assault charge. Lacks coverage skills due to marginal read & react diagnosis. Too often goes for the big hit rather than breaking a play up. Will likely need to fit specific role for team looking for hard-hitting safety/linebacker hybrid who specializes in run support.

Player Overview

Alexander flew under the radar during the pre-draft process despite scoring an invitation to the scouting combine, where he ran a solid 4.50-second 40-yard dash and posted a 38-inch vertical jump to go along with a 10'3" broad jump, 4.51 short shuttle and 7.05 3-cone drill.

That he was on the NFL radar at all was a longshot after Alexander was suspended for the 2012 season after pleading guilty to an assault charge. When he returned for his senior season, Alexander was lighter than he had been and was used in a linebacker/safety hybrid role.

He ranked forth on the team with 80 tackles, was tied for third with 3.5 sacks and was fourth with 9.0 tackles.

Alexander arrived at Utah as a decorated junior college player and started eight of 12 games in 2011, finishing tied for sixth on the team with 45 tackles.

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Player News
05/12/2014 - A feel-good story could be emerging with safety Maurice Alexander, the Rams' fourth-round draft pick. Alexander was dismissed from Utah State in 2012 after pleading guilty to misdemeanor aggravated assault resulting in bodily injury after punching teammate Joey DeMartino in the face at a party, causing broken orbital bones in his eye and a fractured cheekbone. A standout at Eureka High School in the St. Louis area, Alexander returned home and worked in the Edward Jones Dome as a janitor including after Rams home games. He was reinstated at Utah State for the 2013 season and switched from linebacker to safety, where he started 13 games. The Rams consider him a good fit for their defense, and coach Jeff Fisher referred to him as "an outstanding young man with huge upside."

Alexander credited those that believed in him, and when asked about the year away from school, said, "It made me the man I am today. It's a lesson learned. Me and my teammate, we're great friends, it was a mistake. The Rams organization, they know about it, and it made me a better man today. Utah State University believed in me, they brought me back. I'm a great guy, I'm a great friend, I'm a great person to be around and I'm good in the locker room. I'd like to thank Utah State, I'd like to thank coach Fisher, I'd like to thank Mr. (Les) Snead for believing in me. It's a lesson learned."

As for Utah State giving him the opportunity to come back, Alexander said, "It was a blessing. I did everything that they asked of me. I did what it took to get back into the university. I took classes, I worked. It was a struggle, but it was all worth coming back. I appreciate the coaches, the Utah State organization, the fans, everyone for believing in me and letting me come back." - The Sports Xchange

 

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