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Danario Alexander

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 215 | College: Missouri
 
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Overview

The Tigers needed Alexander to step up last season with four-year starter QB Chase Daniel, electric underclassman WR Jeremy Maclin and reliable TE Chase Coffman heading to the NFL. He certainly did his part, making 107 catches for 1,644 yards and 13 touchdowns in a first-team All-Big 12 effort.

Missouri has made recruiting in-roads into Texas over the past few years, and Alexander joined Daniel as one of their better signings from the Lone Star state. He came on late in his true freshman season, making 11 of his 15 catches (251 yards, one touchdown) in the final four games.

His hopes to contribute more as a sophomore were derailed a bit by injuries, missing three games with a broken wrist and the bowl game after having one of three surgeries on his knee. In limited time that season, he still contributed 37-417-2. The following year, he could have redshirted as he needed additional work on that knee (he had two more surgeries in the off-season) but decided to play; he wound up making 26 catches for 329 yards and five scores.

Alexander's 6-5, 221-pound frame won't allow him to have elite top-end speed and his multiple knee surgeries may cause some teams to hesitate before picking him early in the draft. His disappointing Senior Bowl effort (where he was injured once again) also dropped his stock. However, his size, elusiveness and strength after the catch are difficult to ignore in the late rounds.

Analysis

Release: Used in the slot quite often, not often faced with the jam. Lacks a quick get-off from the line, but has the physical tools to muscle his way past corners down the sideline or inside for slants. Separates using size and acceleration once free.

Hands: Very good hands, only the occasional drop when trying to make a play after the catch. Gets to passes others wouldn't because of his height and exceptional leaping ability. Athleticism and strong hands allow him to win jump balls. Good red-zone target for that reason; also uses his body to shield defenders on slant routes. Very good body control, extends for high throws over the middle and gets his feet down to stay in-bounds on sideline passes. Traps balls against his chest when facing the quarterback.

Route running: Usually lines up in the slot so he can work the middle of the field. Needs to work on a head fake to sell seam route before heading to the corner. Rounds off routes too often, failing to sink his hips. Takes advantage of open zones inside where footwork isn't as crucial.

After the catch: At his best when catching the ball on the run, using his long strides to beat defenders down the field. Used on receiver screens to get the ball in his hands in motion. Slow to accelerate when stopped on a route, but is tough to catch once in his stride. Able to change directions after the catch or make a quick sidestep to avoid defenders, but lacks quick-twitch elusiveness. Defenders bounce off him when failing to wrap up, and he runs with good balance after that contact to drive forward for additional yards. Good stiff arm in the open field.

Blocking: As physical as he wants to be blocking for the run, with a chance to be really good. Handles small defenders well using aggression and length to hold them off, usually just a one-arm shove takes them out of the play. Will need to bend his knees and move his feet more quickly to mirror and sustain against NFL corners who will out-quick him in space.

Intangibles: Constantly works with his quarterback and in the film room to be a better receiver. Showed great work ethic to come back after injuries, but his medical record is still an issue. Coaches have nothing but kind words about him.

2009 Season

Alexander was selected All-Big 12 Conference First Team in 2009 as voted on by the Big 12 coaches and is the nation's top receiver, leading the NCAA with his MU-record 1,644 receiving yards (a 137.0 per-game average), on 107 receptions, including 13 touchdowns.

2008 Season

Contributed to Mizzou's record-setting offense by catching 26 passes for 329 yards and a career-high 5 touchdowns, despite not being fully 100 percent throughout the year, as he was still working through the after-effects of off-season knee surgery … Missed the first two games of the year, and returned to catch at least one pass in every game the rest of the way … Closed the season by grabbing 3 balls for 26 yards and a crucial touchdown grab in MU's bowl win over Northwestern … His TD grab in the Alamo Bowl was an 11-yarderthat came on third down, and it gave Mizzou its first lead of the game, at 17-16 with 7:20 left in the third quarter … Three of his first six receptions on the year were touchdowns … Saw his first playing time of the season against Nevada on Sept. 13 … Caught his first touchdown of the season on a 27-yard pass from Chase Daniel against Buffalo … Had a pair of receptions at Nebraska for 46 yards … Scored the Tigers' final touchdown against Nebraska on a beautiful leaping 26-yard catch in the fourth quarter … Made two catches against Oklahoma State, including a nice catch on a seven-yard TD in the fourth quarter … Had two receptions against Texas for 18 yards against Texas … Had a near TD catch against UT, coming down just out of bounds … Caught two passes for the fourth-straight game with a pair of four-yard grabs against Colorado … Scored on a four-yard reception in the third quarter, his fourth TD of the year … Made three grabs against Baylor for 56 yards, including a season-long 35-yard catch in the third quarter … Caught a season-high four passes for 43 yards against Kansas State … Made a pair of receptions 10 yards and 8 yards) against Iowa State … Caught one pass for 13 yards against Kansas … Made three catches for 53 yards in the Big 12 Championship against Oklahoma.

2007 Season

Had a breakout year that saw him emerge as a key playmaker in the Tiger passing attack, but missed four-plus games due to bad luck with injuries … Was second on the team with a career-high nine catches for 82 yards in the season opener against Illinois … Had MU's longest reception of the day against the Illini, a 33-yard catch in the fourth quarter to help keep a key drive alive on third-and-11 … Left the game with an injury to his left wrist after being tackled on that play and missed the next three games … Returned from a three-week rehab to make three catches for 56 yards, including a 48-yard TD reception, against Nebraska … That 48-yard grab was a season long and marked the second score of his career … Made six catches for 54 yards against Oklahoma, including a 34-yard reception … Was third on the team with four catches and 37 yards against Iowa State … Made three grabs for 46 yards against Colorado, including a 31-yard reception in the third quarter … Had one catch (13 yards) against Texas A&M and caught three passes against Kansas State for 12 yards … Also had one rush for 10 yards against KSU … Had a big night against Kansas, catching eight passes for 117 yards and one TD … The 117 yards were a career high … His touchdown came on an 11-yard pass from Chase Daniel in the first quarter … Had a 19-yard run against Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship, but injured his left knee on the play … Missed the Cotton Bowl after having surgery on the injured knee.

2006 Season

True freshman wideout who earned playing time with an impressive fall camp, and who blossomed late in the season to make big contributions … Ended the season with 15 catches for 251 yards and 1 TD, with 11 of his 15 catches coming in the final 4 games of the year … His per-catch average of 16.7 was second on the team among those with 5 receptions or more … Closed the season with a 74-yard TD catch in the Sun Bowl (his first career TD) against Oregon State, when he got loose on a fly pattern and outraced the Beaver secondary untouched for a 2nd-quarter TD that put MU up, 17-14 … Had a breakout performance at Nebraska in week #10, with 4 catches for a career-best 84 yards … Included in that was a 49-yarder in the 2nd quarter to put MU in scoring position … Followed with a 5-catch outing the next week at Iowa State for 47 yards with a long of 25 in that game … Caught a pass in each of MU's first 3 games of the year (2 for 21 against Ole Miss was his best in that stretch), then went without a grab until the Nebraska game.

Injury Report

2007: Missed three regular-season games and the team's bowl game with a broken wrist and knee surgery. Underwent two more surgeries during the offseason.

High School

Earned honorable mention All-State and 1st-Team All-District honors as a senior wide receiver for Marlin High School in 2005 after catching 49 passes for 850 yards and 9 TDs … Named 2nd-Team Super Cen-Tex in 2005, as well … Was an honorable mention All-District pick as a junior in 2004 … An excellent all-around athlete who was a 1st-Team All-District performer in baseball … Was also the district champion in the long jump (best of 23'10") and triple jump (best of 45'10") in 2005 … High school coach - Jerry Malone.

Personal

Parents - Larry Alexander & Helen Woodson … Chose Mizzou over Texas Tech, Baylor, Houston and SMU, among others … Primary Mizzou recruiter - Dave Steckel.

 
Latest News
03/11/2010 - PRO DAY RESULTS: 12 teams on hand for Missouri's Pro Day. WR Danario Alexander did not work out due to a knee operation for an injury suffered in the Senior Bowl. It is not clear when Alexander will work out. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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