2015 NFL DRAFT
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Frank Alexander

| | College: Oklahoma
 
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Overview

Alexander was a three-star defensive end/tight end recruit out of high school, choosing Oklahoma over Auburn, LSU and Miami. After redshirting in 2007, he saw substantial playing time in 2008 as a RS freshman with 5 starts, recording 26 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and 1 forced fumble, earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors. 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.

Analysis

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

2011 Season

Senior has 29 career starts at defensive end … led all returners with seven sacks in 2010 … picked off first career pass vs. Tulsa … wore No. 12 vs. Florida State … collected a career high three sacks vs. Texas along with a fumble recovery and a forced fumble that was returned for an OU TD … named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week following the performance … has a sack in six games and a half sack in a seventh this season … now has 20.5 career sacks, seventh best in Oklahoma history … has 43 career tackles for loss, eighth-best total in OU history … has 14.5 tackles for loss over the last seven games … had 3.5 tackles for loss at Baylor.

2010 Season

Starter at defensive end in nine games … second on the team with 13 tackles for loss and seven sacks … also broke up three passes and forced a fumble during the season … had a career-high four tackles for loss vs. Nebraska including two sacks and a forced fumble … racked up three TFLs vs. Iowa State … led position group with seven tackles vs. Air Force and Iowa State.

2009 Season

Was used extensively in three-man rotation at defensive end before taking over starting duty for an injured Auston English in game 10 (Texas A&M) … took a fumble back three yards for a TD vs. Idaho State … career-high two tackles for loss against Nebraska … forced a fumble against Texas A&M.

2008 Season

Involved in September 2008 altercation at private party where crashers acted violently when denied entrance; suffered serious and head injuries, was not charged with any crime. All-Big 12 honorable mention by the AP … recorded 21 total tackles on the year, including a career-high six tackles in Big 12 Championship victory over Missouri … five stops in the national championship game, including one for loss … forced a fumble against Kansas State … recovered fumbles in home wins versus Nebraska and Texas Tech … also notched four TFLs and 3.5 sacks on the year, including 1.5 each in the Big 12 Championship.

2007 Season

Redshirted.

High School

No. 8 weak side defensive end of 2007 (Rivals.com). No. 10 player overall in Louisiana Top 40 of 2007 (Rivals.com). No. 32 tight end in the country (Scout.com). Had 76 tackles and a team-leading 13 sacks his senior year … four year starter … also saw time on offense as a tight-end … named first-team all-state … selected for all-district and all-metro teams … chosen to the East Meets West All-American game … all-district on both sides of the ball his junior season.

Personal

Bench presses 315 and squats 430 pounds … runs a 4.7 40-yard dash … parents: Frank and Juanita Alexander … coached by Michael Roach … born Dec. 17, 1989.

 
 
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Panthers' picks: Round 4/103 -- Frank Alexander, DE, 6-4, 270, Oklahoma...Has shown good pass-rush ability (15.5 sacks last two years), and is known as a hard worker and solid character guy, with long arms and all the physical traits you're looking for. Has a chance to contribute in a thin group. - The Sports Xchange

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