Packers: Jaire Alexander not among PFF’s top five cornerbacks in NFC North

Jaire Alexander #23 of the Green Bay Packers (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Jaire Alexander #23 of the Green Bay Packers (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Jaire Alexande had a great rookie season for the Green Bay Packers, but Pro Football Focus have him outside of the top five for cornerbacks in the NFC North.

The Green Bay Packers‘ secondary was much improved in 2018, and one of the main reasons for that was Jaire Alexander, the team’s first-round pick in last year’s draft.

The Packers made two draft-day trades before selecting Alexander, who they hoped would help fix the team’s biggest need at cornerback. So far, so good.

It’s still early in his career, but it’s fair to say Alexander has the potential to become one of the league’s best at his position in the coming seasons.

But for now, Pro Football Focus doesn’t even have him inside the top five cornerbacks in the NFC North:

The Chicago Bears’ trio of Kyle Fuller, Bryce Callahan and Prince Amukamara make up the top three.

Despite that, Alexander made Pro Football Focus’ 2018 All-Rookie Team alongside first-round pick Denzel Ward. Alexander was also named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team.

Kyle Fuller is deservedly in first place. There’s a reason why the Packers tried to sign him last offseason. He had a great year in Chicago, and was named a first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowler for the first time in his career. Fuller had an impressive seven interceptions and helped the Bears finish as the No. 7 passing defense.

But the Packers weren’t too far behind against the pass, finishing No. 12 in the NFL. And Alexander was a big reason why.

Playing in 13 games, Alexander finished the season with a team-high 11 passes defended, five more than Bryce Callahan.

Alexander’s best performance came against the undefeated Los Angeles Rams. He broke up five passes, helping the Packers defense get off the field against one of the league’s most talented offenses.

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Alexander put together an excellent rookie season and can become a star for the Green Bay Packers. Should he have earned a higher PFF grade?