It's draft season, and that means we're going to see a whole lot of rumors and reports on what teams think of players. The latest surprising note: Clemson cornerback Mackensie Alexander is seen as a third-day pick by at least three scouts, according to Bleacher Report's Matt Miller. Alexander has been a somewhat common mock draft pick for the Bucs.
Clemson cornerback Mackensie Alexander left school after two seasons as a starter, but in talking to one AFC scout this week, they're not a fan of that decision. Three different team scouts confirmed this week that they have Alexander graded as a "Day 3" player given his smaller size (listed at 5'11", 195 lbs) and the fact he didn't record an interception at Clemson.
It's lying season, so this isn't necessarily true. Sources lie to their contacts for various reasons, and different teams will genuinely look at different players in different ways. The fact that three teams have him as a third-round pick doesn't necessarily mean the Bucs do.
This is your yearly reminder that things shift a lot early in the draft process. That's both because draftniks don't have a great idea of team rankings yet, and because coaches are only starting to get involved in the draft process. There's not a lot of new information that's going to come to shift teams' rankings in major ways, but there is a lot of information coming out of these teams that will cause draftniks to shift their rankings.
In Alexander's case, he's very athletic and talented, but he wasn't thrown at much and he doesn't jump off the tape -- not to me, at least. He also has no interceptions in his career and even though that's because he wasn't thrown at much, NFL teams really don't like that. His being a top ten pick seemed unlikely before, though it's not impossible, and while this report may be overstated, it's likely not wrong in that he won't be drafted that high.