Jaire Alexander Fits the New Look Packers Defense
Green Bay Packers traded down with New Orleans to move out of the 14th spot. At the time, fans were wondering why Green Bay would make a move out of the top 15 to nearly the end of the first. Packers weren’t done. They moved back up to 18 where Green Bay drafted Louisville cornerback Jaire Alexander. This is a name that popped up for the Packers late with Mike Mayock’s NFL Draft, and many disregarded it due to Alexander’s height. He didn’t fit the Packers mold at corner for the last regime, but it appears he’s ‘perfect’ for Mike Pettine’s system.
I love this pick. Green Bay moved back in the draft and scooped up an extra one knowing that other teams wanted to move back like Seattle. They fleeced New Orleans to get another pick. Alexander brings an attitude that the Packers want on their defense. He definitely has an edge to him that’s attractive. He did have some injury issues in college, but that’s one of those things that might not be an issue in the pros. Another thing to like about Alexander is he finds the ball. He’s one of those corners who forces turnovers and makes shit happen. You have to love that. The ability to return punts is an added bonus. Alexander could give Green Bay a Special Teams spark it has lacked the last few years.
There will be some debate about why the Packers didn’t get Darwin James at 14. I get that, but please inform me on how James would play on the current defense? They have Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Josh Jones already, why waste a first rounder on James? Green Bay does not have a gaping hole at safety. They do at corner, and Mike Pettine believes Alexander is great for his system. If Pettine pulled the trigger on which corner he liked the most, that’s how the team should communicate.
We’ve only just begun with the NFL Draft.