If there’s one thing Packers corner Jaire Alexander doesn’t lack its confidence. As a rookie in 2018, there were certainly times when Alexander looked like the makings of a future shutdown corner. With one year under his belt, Alexander is setting the bar extremely high for himself in year two.
“I just want to have a good year. I see myself in the Pro Bowl. I see myself as an All-Pro,” Alexander said following Wednesday’s OTA practice. “I’ve got all the confidence in the world. Last year was a great starting point for me, but this year is going to be my dog year. I’m putting my stamp on this (year).”
His athleticism and fiery spirit were a large part in why Green Bay traded up for him during the first round of the 2018 draft and judging by his comments, 2019 is going to a fun year to keep an eye on number 23.
The Packers haven’t had a defensive back get selected to an All-Pro team since Charles Woodson did it back in 2011. Impressively, Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James accomplished the feat as a rookie last year. Jacksonville Jaguar corner Jalen Ramsey was able to get elected to an All-Pro team in his second year in the NFL.
If Alexander can do the same, he would obviously be in elite company.
The easiest way to get there would be to turn his pass deflections into interceptions. Alexander led the Packers with 11 pass deflections in 2018 but only came up with a single interception. Turnovers are game-changing plays and are something every All-Pro has the ability to do.
If anyone is set to have a breakout season its Alexander who is expected to be Green Bay’s top cover corner this season.
___________________Brandon Carwile was a Cheesehead at birth. His dad grew up attending games at Lambeau and passed on the legacy. He has covered the Packers for over five years and currently works with packerstalk.com. Find him on twitter at @PackerScribe.