Offensive firepower isn’t something the Packers have lacked since Aaron Rodgers became the starting quarterback in 2008, but their wide receiver depth looks a little thin entering the 2018 season.
Green Bay finished with a losing record (7-9) last year for the first time since 2008, missing the playoffs for the first time since the same year. While a lot of that had to do with Aaron Rodgers’ injury, which kept him out most of the regular season, the Packers didn’t have the same dynamic offense as years past.
It worked out great. Eddie Lacy, injury prone, was forced out of town, allowing Montgomery an opportunity to start as an every-down back. He rushed for 457 yards (5.9 yards per carry) and three touchdowns in 2016, while also hauling in 44 receptions.
Alexander plays with outstanding body control throughout his coverage, staying close to his receiver and swallowing up cushion as receivers work vertically. While his reaction and timing against more capable receivers needs improvement, he is able to stay physical and bend in perimeter coverage. While he does not have elite speed, Alexander able to use subtle hand fighting to slow opponents and stay in control. He needs to continue to improve his hand technique off the line. He allows too many short-yardage receptions and needs to win initially to prevent quick slants and potential double moves from working on him in the NFL. He plays with outstanding ball skills and strength as a tackler.
What really matters: Alexander had a marijuana-related incident as a freshman and again was suspended in the early part of 2018. Additionally, he did not take academics seriously during his early time at Virginia Tech, leading to persistent academic issues over his college career. NFL teams are equally concerned with his need of on-field development as they are with his off-field issues, though his upside is undeniable. Alexander was considered one of the top cornerback prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft by Optimum Scouting. For some teams, his academic and off-field issues have made him a player on whom they’ll pass.
The seating chart said it all.