Heading into Day 3 of the NFL Draft, after completely owning the openings two days, the St. Louis Rams are still in need of a handful of positions. In terms of targets, most pegged St. Louis to be eyeballing a backup quarterback, some additional help for the secondary, and likely add some depth to the offensive line. After a run of cornerbacks to start the round, the St. Louis Rams held tight at the No.110 pick and selected…
Maurice Alexander, SS, Utah State
Alexander obviously impressed Jeff Fisher and Les Snead during their interviews, with the Rams taking a shot on the projected 7th-rounder, despite players like Pierre Desir and Martavis Bryant still being on the board. Much like T.J. McDonald, Alexander fits the mold of a prototypical, in-the-box strong safety, sporting an impressive 6’1 tall, 220 lbs. frame.
Experienced play-maker who can make bone-jarring hits that resonate with ballcarriers. Good technique and rarely whiffs on tackles. Excellent size for physical NFL strong safety. Has qui.ckness and speed to be effective blitzer and regularly made plays in opposing backfields. Returned to team in 2013 and was praised by coaching staff for maturity -CBS Sports
His career in St. Louis will likely start on special teams, something that he seems more than prepared for during his post-draft interview with the Rams,
Alexander: “I’ll do whatever it takes. I’m a football player. I love everything. Special teams and defense.” #RamsDraft
— St. Louis Rams (@STLouisRams) May 10, 2014
With solid size and athleticism, Alexander could compete at some point for a starting spot in the secondary. Jeff Fisher covets versatile defensive backs, which was made evident by the Lamarcus Joyner pick, and could use the homegrown safety’s skill set to develop him into a hybrid backer. Regardless, Alexander provides some much needed depth at strong safety, a position that is arguably one deep at the moment, with a second-year player manning the starting role.
Welcome to the Rams, Mr. Alexander!