While he wasn't a dominant player at the collegiate level, Alexander has the tools to thrive at the next level. The 6'4", 270 pound defensive end is a true workhorse.
In 2011, Alexander recorded 8.5 sacks and 54 total tackles. In his career at Oklahoma, Alexander finished with 143 total tackles and 20.5 sacks.
What Alexander Brings to the Team
Alexander will need some work, but in time he can develop into a great player. He sheds blocks well and has good speed—he posted a 4.76 40-yard-dash time at the Oklahoma Pro Day, according to SoonerSports.com.
The defensive end thrives on making plays in the backfield, which is exactly why he was drafted. Alexander is a relentless defender, but he isn't quite ready to be a star just yet. However, he has excellent potential. He just has to fight to be elite.
What Experts Are Saying
Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com highlights Alexander's strengths and weaknesses, and also gives an NFL comparison:
[Alexander] 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. 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.
Alexander has only average size and strength and needs to add bulk to his upper and lower body... Alexander is an upright rusher and plays too high - not a natural bender and pops too upright off the snap...not overpowering in any aspect of his game.
NFL Comparison: Jammie Kirlew, Jacksonville Jaguars
Don't expect Alexander to be a major force in year one. He needs to further hone his craft to be ready to contribute in a big way in the NFL.
Yes, Alexander does possess the talent to make a strong impact in the league, but it's going to take time to get there. Not every prospect ends up thriving as a rookie, and Alexander falls into this category.
He will get a chance to play in Carolina, and given his vast experience at OU against some of college football's best players, he has the promise to be a major contributor.