Jaire Alexander is one of the most important players on defense for the Green Bay Packers this year.
GM Brian Gutekunst used his first pick as general manager to address a position of need, and Jaire Alexander proved in his rookie season why Gutekunst made the right call.
A future star in the Green Bay Packers secondary, Alexander is entering an important second season.
Here’s a look back at his 2018 stats and a preview for this season.
Alexander played in 13 games, missing three due to injury. He made 66 tackles, one interception and a team-leading 11 passes defended.
The Packers’ couldn’t have hoped for a better rookie year from Alexander. It can take a few years for cornerbacks to reach their potential in the NFL, and it’s not all that often cornerbacks make the fast start Alexander has to his career.
Green Bay’s defense desperately needed more talent in the secondary, and also a leader. That’s exactly what Alexander brings to the Packers defense.
Alexander was deservedly named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team at the end of the season, and he’s a player fans should be excited about entering 2019.
Odds of making roster: 100 percent
Alexander is the Packers’ best cornerback, and not only is his roster spot secure, but also his position in the starting lineup on defense.
What to expect in 2019?
For the Green Bay Packers defense to reach its potential, Alexander is going to be one of the most important players. After an excellent rookie season, Alexander will be the number one cornerback this season, and he’ll likely come up against some of the league’s top receivers in 2019.
Alexander can be a star and a leader in the Packers secondary. He showed a ton of potential last season, but now the Packers will be expecting the first-round pick to make a second-year jump.
I think it’ll happen, and Alexander will be a huge reason in Green Bay’s defense finishing inside the top-10 this year.