Packers Post Draft Report: Jaire Alexander
Jaire Alexander was the first pick by the Green Bay Packers in the 2018. He was selected with the 18th pick in the 1st round. Jaire is a 5’10” 196 pound Junior Corner Back out of the University of Louisville. After this past weekend, most people know Jaire as the Louisville graduate who wore his Packers jersey under his cap and gown.
Alexander showed some good skills at the NFL combine earlier this year. He posted a 4.38 second 40 yard dash time, a vertical jump of 35 inches, and put up 14 reps on the bench press.
In prep school, Alexander was a receiver and corner back so he is not only able to stop the offense, but he has strong hands and can catch the ball very smoothly as well.
According to NFL Analyst Lance Zierlein, Jaire has the following strengths:
- Athletic and tough
- When able, Alexander keeps his eyes on the quarterback
- Aware and instinctive
- He’s able to spot traffic from zone and able to pinch off passing lanes
- He has playmaking traits
- Quick response time
- He is light and sudden on his feet
- He is able to crowd and mirror a receiver’s release smoothly, without panicking
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Alexander only played in 6 games for Louisville during his junior season due to a sprained knee and a broken hand. Jaire was very determined to come back, so much so that he played in the team’s final three games.
As of the writing of this article, Jaire Alenander is currently the only player listed on the Packers Nickle Back depth chart according to OurLads and when looking at CBS Sports, Jaire is sitting just behind Kevin King for the right corner back position.
Jaire Alexander seems like he is going to have a lot of big play potential, if he can stay healthy, despite his small stature and can hopefully sure up some spots on the Packers defense that always seems to have a couple holes in it. Maybe 2018 will be the year that the defense keeps up with offense and this could be a big year for the Pack!