2. Corner – Jaire Alexander – Age 24
At this point, I think it would be hard to argue that any player Brian Gutekunst has drafted has made a bigger impact than Jaire Alexander. What makes it even sweeter is that Alexander came as a result of a fleecing of the New Orleans Saints on draft day, but I digress.
Alexander has been an impact corner from day one. He has the versatility and ball skills to play inside or out. More than that, Alexander has the talent to take opposing teams’ best wide receivers out of the games entirely.
As you’ve noticed, Gutekunst values players who are versatile and provide him the option to get his best players on the field. Alexander is a player that opens up a plethora of options for Joe Barry, and it will be exciting to see how Jaire is featured in the new system. An underrated aspect of his game would be his ability to get after the quarterback. He has a bulldog mentality and plays off instincts, just like you’d want from your star corner.
If you had to knock Alexander for something, it would likely be his hands. He’s able to get his hands on the ball quite often and has registered many pass deflections, however one can’t help but think a few of those should have been interceptions. That’s getting a little knit-picky though, because Jaire Alexander is one of the top three corners in the game today, and he’s not three.
I have zero doubt that the Packers will lock Jaire Alexander up long-term and give the franchise a lock-down defender in their secondary for a long time to come. Jaire is the face of the defense now, and will continue to be in the future.