Packers news: CBS thinks Jaire Alexander will break out in 2019
Jaire Alexander was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft and was immediately asked to take on a large role. It ended up being an excellent selection for the Packers, as Alexander showed major improvement throughout the season and is widely viewed as one of the next star cornerbacks in the NFL.
CBS Sports agrees with that sentiment, as they have listed Alexander as one of the 10 players across the league that will have a major breakout season.
“He started 11 games last season, missing three because of injury, and showed off his playmaking skills. He started the season inside as the nickel corner, but ended up outside as a top cover player. If you watch his game against the Rams in Week 8, he was all over the field, knocking down passes and showing off his ability to play in coverage. In his second season, I think we will see more of those types of games from Alexander. This is a league loaded with good corners. But I think he’s on the verge of moving up closer to the top of any of the lists ranking corners.”
Green Bay desperately needed Alexander to work out. They have been searching for a legitimate No. 1 cover corner for quite some time. Alexander appears to be the answer to that search.
During the 2018 season as a rookie with the Packers, Alexander ended up compiling 66 total tackles to go along with 0.5 sacks, an interception, and 11 defended passes. Those numbers show why the media has taken notice of him. He will also be going into his second season with defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, which should help his development as well.
It will be interesting to see what kind of team the Packers are able to put on the field in 2019. They have missed the playoffs in each of the last two years. Green Bay does not do well with losing and will not be happy with anything short of making the playoffs.
Expect to see Alexander make a big leap in 2019 and to become one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL in just his second year.