Green Bay Packers: 5 bold predictions for 2018 rookie class

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2. Jaire Alexander starts all 16 games at the slot

Jaire Alexander was apparently the man the Packers were targeting in the draft. They originally traded down from No. 14 all the way to the back of the first round with the New Orleans Saints and picked up a 2019 first in the process. However, they must’ve liked Alexander so much that they traded back to No. 18 to grab him.

Alexander is a bit shorter (5-foot-10) than cornerbacks the Packers typically employ. However, he’s as nasty and competitive as they come. Alexander doesn’t back down from anyone and lets you know how he’s shutting you down. This type of competitiveness will be welcomed on a defense that has lacked emotion over the years.

Because of the lack of height, Alexander is probably best suited to move inside and play the slot. This is still a crucially important position, especially in today’s NFL. He will be able to use his 4.38 speed to shut receivers down and will end up starting all 16 games inside for the Packers.