After an impressive rookie season, can Jaire Alexander make the Pro Bowl in his second year?
So far, so good. Alexander had an excellent first season with the Packers. Named to the 2018 PFWA All-Rookie Team and the Pro Football Focus 2018 NFL All-Rookie Team, the next step for Alexander is to become a Pro Bowler.
And Marc Sessler of NFL.com has picked Alexander as the Packers’ top candidate to earn a selection to the Pro Bowl for the first time this season. Here’s what Sessler wrote about Alexander:
"“A perfect fit for defensive coordinator Mike Pettine’s system, Alexander has the tools to emerge as one of the division’s most exciting defensive backs.”"
And he’s absolutely right. It can take a couple of seasons for a cornerback to develop their game in the NFL, but it quickly became clear with Alexander that the Packers had found a young star in the secondary.
A couple of other players Sessler could have chosen as potential first-time Pro Bowlers are Kenny Clark and Aaron Jones. Clark has been dominant up front in Green Bay’s defense the past couple of seasons, and he could earn his first Pro Bowl selection in 2019. For Jones, a featured role could lead to a huge season. He has the opportunity to establish himself as one of the league’s very best running backs.
For Alexander to reach the Pro Bowl, he’ll need to be more consistent this season. And if he can put together more performances like his dominant game against the Los Angeles Rams in 2018, the league will begin to realize just how good Alexander is.
Based on talent and potential, Alexander could absolutely earn his first Pro Bowl selection in his second season in the Green Bay Packers defense.