Packers: Three breakout candidates for the 2019 season

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Green Bay Packers, Jaire Alexander
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – DECEMBER 09: Jaire Alexander #23 of the Green Bay Packers warms up before a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field on December 09, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

3. Jaire Alexander

Cornerbacks can take a few years to develop in the NFL, but Jaire Alexander made a fast start in his rookie season and a huge difference to the Packers secondary. Alexander finished his debut campaign with 66 tackles, 11 pass defenses and an interception, and his performances earned him a spot in the PFWA All-Rookie Team and the PFF All-Rookie Team.

Alexander’s most impressive game came against the Los Angeles Rams. In a tough road trip against the eventual Super Bowl runners-up, Alexander made plays all over the field and finished the game with five pass defenses and seven tackles. His play helped the Packers build a first-half lead in a game that, looking back, they really should’ve won.

If Alexander can make a second-year jump, he can show not just Packers fans, who have already seen his talent, but the rest of the league that he’s one of the best young cornerbacks in football. He can be the leader of a young, revamped secondary in Green Bay.

Staying healthy is the priority for the second-year corner who missed three games as a rookie, but if he continues to build on last year’s performances, Alexander can become one of the Packers’ defensive stars in 2019.