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Pick #18 - from Seattle - Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
« on: April 27, 2018, 07:49:46 AM »
Talent Round 1

STRENGTHS
Jaire has excellent talent and a high football IQ to play his position at a pro bowl level for the team that selects him. He shows on film the speed and quickness to cover any size receiver and the ability to play in any style of defensive scheme, zone, or single coverage. He is smart and shows leadership skills and communicates well with his teammates in the back field. He understands when and where his help is on any given play and will intercept the ball but only taking calculated chances to jump routes and make plays. He’s a playmaker for your defense and for your return units on special teams. Jaire’s cover skills are the best in this draft and he is very adept at limiting run after the catch yardage because of his sure tackling. Jaire has the size, toughness, high football IQ and tacking skills to play any position in your defensive back field and play them all at a pro bowl level. He is one of the best defensive players in this draft.


CONCERNS
I’m sure that Jaire is not perfect and I’m sure someone can find some things that can be corrected but trust me…it’s all just nit picking. Maybe he will take a little time to impact because he will be going up against tougher competition but like I said it’s all just nit picking.


BOTTOM LINE
When you see the obvious…draft the obvious. Don’t bother trying to nit pick yourself out of drafting what you obviously see on film. I don’t need a workout to tell me the level of this kid’s talent. It’s obvious, right in front of you, staring you in the face. What really impresses me is the fact that he tackles receiver’s quickly and securely so they can not gain any extra yardage after the catch. I don’t believe most people understand how important that is to being a dominating corner back. Jaire is tough, he’s quick, he’s fast, and he can intercept a pass like a wide receiver. But what he truly brings to your team is the ability to tackle and cause fumbles or separate receivers from the ball without getting called for penalties. When he tackles he doesn’t punish a receiver he is just adept at timing the tackle to the catch and making receivers who do not have strong hands and struggle to catch contested passes, drop the ball. The good defensive players have this natural rhythm and timing to do this. It’s a unique skill set and used together with form tackling becomes a weapon that adds to Jaire’s ability to be a shut down corner back against any size or style of receiver. That’s why I call him “Air” Jaire Alexander because receivers will be catching air instead of the ball when playing against him.


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Re: Pick #18 - from Seattle - Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2018, 07:56:13 AM »
Thanks, this is a good start for the Packers in adding pieces to correct their shortcoming last year.

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Re: Pick #18 - from Seattle - Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2018, 08:48:46 AM »

Couple of media comments...


Mel Kiper Jr. says Louisville CB Jaire Alexander has "Deion Sanders-like natural ability" and has "a chance to be an elite cover corner."


CBS Sports - They get a smooth cover player who plays with a swagger. They wanted a corner and get a darn good one. Grade A.
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Re: Pick #18 - from Seattle - Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2018, 08:59:07 AM »
That Boylhart report is very enthusiastic.  The bits about high football IQ and instincts are fun, as are the comments about his tackling ability.  Recent Packers haven't been known for their tackling ability or form tackling or stuff, or for their innate instincts in playing receivers.  Would be cool if Boylhart's evaluation proves accurate. 

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Re: Pick #18 - from Seattle - Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2018, 09:15:33 AM »
I really don't know enough about the Pettine scheme yet to know who is ideal, but it is nice to see former DB's who do know comment.

 
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Alexander can improve his technique. And that comes with reps. But I really like his coverage ability. Press-man. 4.3 speed. Competes, too. Good fit for Pettine’s defense in Green Bay.



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Credit the @packers for moving around the board to get picks while still acquiring a blue-chip player. Alexander is an exceptional cover corner with press man skills. He is the perfect CB for Mike Pettine's aggressive scheme.

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Re: Pick #18 - from Seattle - Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2018, 09:29:00 AM »
Big upgrade for the Packer secondary.  We now have Alexander the Great and a King for our corners.

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Re: Pick #18 - from Seattle - Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2018, 10:07:36 AM »
I love that we got someone with some attitude. 

He is Sam Shields to me.   If people freak out about his height, it is 1/2 inch shorter than our standard...maybe less that that.  That is smaller than the height of this paragraph i am typing.  But his arms are longer than some we have drafted.   

Speed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Re: Pick #18 - from Seattle - Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2018, 10:08:34 AM »
Bill Barnwell's take on the trade with the Saints:

The Saints slip, Seattle addsPackers send: Pick No. 14
 Saints send: Picks No. 27, 147, 2019 first-round pick
 Johnson chart: $1.56
 Stuart chart: $1.87
After nailing the draft over multiple picks last year, the Saints suddenly made the bizarre decision that they wanted to trade away a bunch of selections to go after one pass-rusher. It's reasonable to want Marcus Davenport, but by the Stuart chart, Sean Payton sent something close to the first overall pick in terms of draft capital to acquire an edge rusher to play alongside Cameron Jordan in 2018. If the Saints disappoint this season -- something that can happen unexpectedly with a 39-year-old quarterback -- this could be an even larger boondoggle.
Teams don't make this sort of investment in an edge rusher via trade very often. In terms of teams trading up from the bottom half of the draft with players and/or picks to move up to the top half and grab a defensive end, we've seen four trades over the previous 20 years. Those moves netted Damione Lewis, Jerome McDougle, Derrick Harvey and Brandon Graham. Graham was the only one who turned into an impact player, and it even took him more than five seasons to emerge as a starter. None of those teams gave up an additional first-round pick as part of their move.
The arguments justifying this deal aren't going to work, and they reek of the ill-advised decisions the Saints made in years past. They spent offseasons squeezing players like Jairus Byrd under the cap as part of the idea that they were one player away. They weren't. They dealt first- and second-round picks to the Patriots to grab Mark Ingram, who wasn't effective and healthy for any stretch of time until his fourth season, and that in an offense where players such as Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory had been useful at running back for peanuts.
What are the chances that the edge rusher the Saints might have drafted at 27 (like Harold Landry) will turn out to be better than Davenport? Heck, what are the chances Davenport might have still been on the board at 27? If Davenport doesn't turn into a superstar -- and the odds are against any individual edge rusher turning into a superstar -- the Saints spent far too much to make this move.

Seahawks send: Picks No. 18, 248
 Packers send: Picks No. 27, 76, 186
 Johnson chart: $1.07
 Stuart chart: $1.35
After fleecing the Saints, Packers GM Brian Gutekunst finished off the first round of his debut draft as general manager by coming away with desperately needed cornerback help in Jaire Alexander. The move saw the Packers send something close to the eighth overall pick as part of the swap, but it was a far cheaper move to fill a weakness than the one the Saints made. The Seahawks probably wanted a second-rounder to move down, but the third-rounder will help replace the one they shipped off in the Duane Brown deal.
Combine these two deals and you'll note that Gutekunst moved down four spots in the first round, falling from 14 to 18. For his troubles, the Packers GM was allowed the opportunity to trade the 76th and 186th selections for a first-round chit in the 2019 draft, accompanied by picks 147 and 248. That's a huge return, even if the Packers have to wait a year to realize the majority of the value. Green Bay fans should be delighted by their newly promoted executive's first big night at the helm.
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Re: Pick #18 - from Seattle - Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2018, 10:20:01 AM »
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"[Jaire Alexander] was right on the Mendoza Line."-Brian Gutekunst

Height was the only thing that looked odd about Alexander's profile vs what Ted Thompson would have done. Alexander, Mike Hughes and Donte Jackson are 5'10" cornerbacks who look like Packers otherwise.

Have the Packers adjusted the height minimum for draftable CB's? Might be the case.

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Re: Pick #18 - from Seattle - Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2018, 02:02:28 PM »
Jaire Alexander scores a 131.7 on SPARQ which scores athleticism, ranked him 8th out of 165 CB's measured from this draft. He was 5th of all CB's on the RAS scale with a 9.54.

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Re: Pick #18 - from Seattle - Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2018, 08:32:41 AM »

Ourlads' Profile:


No.14 in Ourlads' Top 50 rankings:
A two-year starter who only played in six games last season. Has experience in a wide variety of coverages including Cover 2, 4, press 4, 3, press and off-man. As a hard corner, he shows physical reroute ability with a quick strike with his hands. Maintains balance and can ride a receiver up the field. Very good zone defender with awareness and ability to react to multiple routes in the deep and short outside zones.


2017 Review
Promising cover corner entered the draft pool despite sitting out seven games in 2017 because of injuries. Turned in best performances in his final two outings, with an interception and two pass breakups in win vs. Syracuse and making six tackles in regular-season finale vs. Kentucky. Was on preseason watch lists for the Thorpe, Nagurski and Bednarik awards after a five-INT season in 2016, but suffered sprained knee early in season opener vs. Purdue and missed the next four games. Later sat out two October games before returning for the final three of the regular season. Also served as UofL’s primary punt returner as a freshman and sophomore, averaging 10.1 yards per return with one TD.


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18. GREEN BAY (From Seattle) Junior entry from Charlotte, NC. A two-year starter who only played in six games last season. Has experience in a wide variety of coverages including Cover 2, 4, press 4, 3, press and off man. As a hard corner he shows physical reroute ability with a quick strike with his hands. Maintains balance and can ride a receiver up the field. Very good zone defender with awareness and ability to react to multiple routes in the deep and short outside zones. Does a great job as a hard corner playing under the deep corner route and up to the flat route. Closes voids in zones extremely well and gets in on a lot of plays with the ball in the air. Sudden break and drive on the ball in front of him. Plays a lot of press and bail using a lateral run and lateral shuffle. Wastes steps in pedal at times and in transition but has a good recovery burst reacting to a cut or throw. Sudden break and drive with the ball in the air. In man shows some tightness in his turn and run and can get separated on a vertical route. Again speed and recovery ability to get back in phase is outstanding. Normally focus is on the receiver but occasionally will sneak a peek when out of phase and get beat over the top. Has good ball skills for the pass break and zone awareness puts him in great position. Solid in run support exploding into tackles. Plays off a block with good shed technique. Has some things to improve on but a solid NFL prospect. Will contribute on special teams as a punt returner and cover specialist. 2017 stats: 19 T, 1 TFL, 4 PBU, 1 INT. BTR:left 4.31, right 4.76. OSR:5/41. First round. (A-31 1/8, H-9 1/2, VJ-35, SS-3.98).
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Re: Pick #18 - from Seattle - Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2018, 06:00:06 PM »
Sounds pretty promising
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