Jaire Alexander (CB, Louisville) – 96

There are a lot of good corners eligible for the 2018 draft but Jaire Alexander is right up there with the very best.  As a cover CB, there are few, if any, better.  The smoothness of his back-pedal, his route recognition and the rapidity with which he closes on a receiver coming out of his break are all superb but what I admire most about Alexander is his ability to locate the ball.  So many CBs flail, grab and face-guard when the ball is in the air; Alexander, when the QB lets it go, possesses the casual sang-froid of a French flaneur choosing between escargots and moules – or, in his case, between a PBU and an interception.  You can see his athleticism with absolute clarity in the return game – crystal, in fact, would be opaque by comparison.  His interception return in the Virginia game (Q4, 14:45), for instance, looks like some divine being is playing Madden with him, whilst off His face on speed.  It might be nice if he were a bit bigger and a bit more physical in the run game but he’s certainly willing to come up and make a tackle.  In any case, given the emphasis on being able to cover in the NFL today, I have no doubt that Alexander’s skill set will be drooled over by GMs, to such an extent that a “GM Napkin Company” might make a fortune when the pros delve into the Louisville CB’s tape.  If he continues to play the way he did last year, I would see him as a Top 10 pick and I’d be surprised and dismayed if he went outside the top 20.