The star cornerback for the Packers was snubbed from the NFL’s All-Pro first team.
The Green Bay Packers had four players make the NFL’s All-Pro first team.
All four of those players were well-deserving of the honor. Unfortunately, star cornerback Jaire Alexander was not among those honored.
Both Alexander and Za’Darius Smith were named to the second team.
Cornerbacks Xavien Howard (Dolphins) and Jalen Ramsey (Rams) were given the nod ahead of Alexander.
It’s very confusing to understand why Alexander was left off of the first team. The only knock against Alexander was his interceptions. He had just one interception this year and it was in the first week against the Vikings while covering Adam Thielen. In the same game, he also recorded a sack and a safety.
According to Pro Football Focus, Jaire was the top cornerback in the league.
Jaire Alexander allowed fewer yards this season (450) than Howard (918) and Ramsey (515). He also allowed fewer receptions, yards per reception, yards per target, and pass break-ups. He led the league with 18 pass break-ups.
The only thing Howard really has on Alexander is 10 interceptions, which is impressive, so I can see why he would earn first-team honors. But Ramsey, who was behind Alexander in most defensive categories, also had just one interception this season as well.
In my opinion, Alexander was much more deserving of first-team honors than Jalen Ramsey was. Unfortunately, while he had a nice season, I think it was Ramsey’s name and reputation that got him that spot on the first team.
The silver lining of this is that Jaire will probably take this slight and work even harder next year. He will have a chip on his shoulder until he earns a spot on the All-Pro team. I think this will be the last time we are talking about Jaire getting snubbed from this honor. Next year, he will be considered the top cornerback in the league.