Mackensie Alexander, cornerback
With their second pick in the 2016 draft, Minnesota opted to select a talented cornerback out of Clemson in Alexander. Before the start of the season, some felt he could challenge fellow Vikings defensive back Captain Munnerlyn as the team’s top slot corner.
Minnesota quickly learned that would not be happening.
While at Clemson, Alexander was regarded as one of the best cover corners in all of college football. But once he stepped on the big stage of the NFL, Alexander seemed a bit flustered.
He appeared in 13 games for the Vikings in 2016 but a majority of his time was spent on special teams. He finished the season with a total of five tackles and two penalties.
With Zimmer as his coach, it would not surprise anyone if Alexander improved and saw a lot more time on defense in 2017. But the Vikings may be forced to play their young corner more next season no matter what as Munnerlyn is a free-agent this offseason.