Jaire Alexander is Not a Top Five Corner… Yet.
Jaire Alexander is one of my favorite players on the Green Bay Packers. Alexander feels like a guy who reads any and all things so I want to make sure he goes beyond the headline in case he reads this blog post. DeAngelo Hall, the former cornerback and now an NFL writer, wrote his top five cornerbacks in league right now. He listed Alexander in his top five. While I appreciate Hall’s love for Alexander, there is a bit of bias with his praise for Jaire. Here’s what Hall said about him.
When Alexander came out for the draft, my former coach at Virginia Tech, Lorenzo Ward, who also coached Alexander at Louisville, told me Alexander’s mindset was very similar to mine. He had what I call athletic arrogance. You know what I mean. That never-back-down-from-anybody mentality. Or the “I’m taking this personally and I’m not going to lose” approach. Or a guy who talks trash to you no matter what. We in the football world call this “a dog.” It’s a big part of what it takes to be a lockdown cornerback in this league.
Hall sees himself in Alexander so naturally, he wants to make him into a top-five cornerback. There’s nothing wrong with that. Now to not have Marshon Lattimore of the New Orleans Saints on this list seems reckless. There are also no mentions of Darius Slay of the Detroit Lions or Xavier Rhodes of the Minnesota Vikings. Furthermore, Hall did not include Jalen Ramsey or Patrick Peterson as they’re not currently playing in the league. It just feels like a little too early to give Alexander the title of top-five cornerback. Also, this is coming on the heels where Amari Cooper of the Dallas Cowboys put him in a blender for a majority of the game.
Now, do I think Alexander has what it takes to be a top corner? Absolutely. He is definitely part of a top 10 conversation at this time, but I’m not ready to call him a top-five corner.