Jaire Alexander, Packers Officially Agree to 4-Year Rookie Contract

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMay 16, 2018

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26:  Jaire Alexander of Louisville reacts with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked #18 overall by the Green Bay Packers during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers and first-round pick Jaire Alexander officially agreed to terms on a four-year rookie contract Tuesday. 

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the entry-level deal is worth $12.1 million, including a $6.8 million signing bonus. 

The Packers entered the draft with a pressing need for physical, aggressive cornerbacks, and Alexander fit the bill at No. 18 overall following a series of trades. 

In three seasons with the Louisville Cardinals, Alexander logged seven interceptions, 15 pass breakups and 77 total tackles despite being a tad undersized at 5'10". 

"He's scrappy, he's competitive," Packers director of college scouting Jon-Eric Sullivan said, according to Jason Wilde of the Journal Times. "Is he as tall as some others? No, he's not. But I think when you watch the tape, he doesn't play like a little guy. He's very competitive, he gets in people's business.

"He's got a confident air about him, which is a good thing for any playerbut a very good thing for a corner. He's an impressive kid. There's nothing, when you meet the kid, that would hold you back."

Thanks to those traits, Alexander earned a first-round grade and a comparison to Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Vernon Hargreaves from Bleacher Report draft expert Matt Miller

Now locked in as a long-term piece in Green Bay, Alexander projects as an immediate contributor in nickel packages who should help the Packers secondary make strides a year after it ranked 23rd against the pass. 

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