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Jaire Alexander NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Green Bay Packers' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 27, 2018

Louisville cornerback Jaire Alexander (10) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
Timothy D. Easley/Associated Press

POSITIVES

—Feisty, aggressive cornerback who tested well at the combine after an injury-plagued 2017.

—Picked off five passes in 2016 when healthy.

—Experience and impact as a punt returner.

—Has the quick feet to shadow underneath routes; he’s agile enough to handle slot receivers.

—Very tough at the line of scrimmage; rocks back receivers with a strong jam.

—Instinctive and plays the ball well when breaking on underneath routes.

—Attacks the ball and is good at disrupting catches.

   

NEGATIVES

—Knee and hand injuries limited his availability as a junior in 2017; injuries with a small frame will raise durability questions.

—Lack of height (5'10") and length make scouts think he’s more of a slot corner than an outside threat.

—Ran faster at the combine than his tape showed; catch-up speed was average on tape.

   

OVERALL

Jaire Alexander’s 2016 tape looks like that of a first-rounder and immediate starter, but there are questions over his ability to stay healthy. If he can get on the field and stay there, Alexander has the toughness and quickness to handle playing the slot against NFL talent.

   

GRADE: 7.00 (Round 1)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Vernon Hargreaves, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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