Jaire Alexander could make a big impact in the Green Bay Packers secondary.
NFL Mocks recently named the biggest offseason addition for each team in the league. The choice for the Green Bay Packers was first-round draft pick, cornerback Jaire Alexander.
There’s no doubting that Alexander is a huge addition to the Packers’ secondary, and a player the team needs to play well in the coming years.
Here’s what George Stockburger of NFL Mocks wrote about Alexander:
"“A big part of their problem is the cornerback position.They haven’t had a lot of star power there since Charles Woodson’s heyday. That might be why they invested so heavily in guys like Jaire Alexander, and for good reason. This kid has the look of a true lockdown guy.”"
Packers fans will need to be patient with both Alexander and second-round pick Josh Jackson, as it often takes time for cornerbacks to adjust from college to the NFL. But as Stockburger points out, Alexander has so much potential.
Time and again, Green Bay has fallen just short of the Super Bowl. The team has made the NFC Championship Game twice in the past four years, but hasn’t reached the Super Bowl since the 2010 season.
The pass defense was the issue in the NFC title game two years ago. Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons dominated all day long, leading to a 44-21 win for the Falcons and ticket to the Super Bowl. That day, Green Bay’s secondary couldn’t find a way to slow down Atlanta.
Ryan dominated the Packers’ defense with 392 yards and four touchdowns. Julio Jones posted 180 yards and two touchdowns.
The story was a little different two years prior in the heartbreaking loss to the Seattle Seahawks. There were about a million reasons why the Packers lost that football game, and it wasn’t just the onside kick.
But regardless of what happened in the fourth quarter, the game was tied at the end of regulation. The Packers then allowed a six-play, 87-yard drive by the Seahawks. Jermaine Kearse caught the game-winning, 35-yard touchdown.
For a number of years the Packers have tried to fix their defense. Most recently, the biggest problems have come at cornerback.
New GM Brian Gutekunst wants to change that, which is why he used two high draft picks at the position.
For that reason, selecting Alexander in the first round could be the team’s biggest offseason move. Alexander will help improve the Packers’ secondary.