2015 NFL DRAFT
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Gerald Alexander

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 210 | College: Boise State
 
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Overview

One of the team's best conditioned athletes, Alexander was the recipient of the 2006 Strength "Iron Bronco" Award for his performance in the training room. On the field, he has been perfectly capable of filling any task the coaching staff asks from him. Having started his Broncos career as a left cornerback, he moved to the right side as a sophomore, back to the left side as a junior and then took over secondary assignment calls as the team's strong safety as a senior.

Alexander was an outstanding football and track athlete at Rancho Cucamonga High School. As a senior in 2001, he passed for more than 700 yards while rushing for 554 yards and scoring 10 touchdowns. That year, he was named the Offensive Player of the Year in the Mt. Baldy League while leading his team to the championship and advancing to the second round of the playoffs.

He also received first-team All-Inland Valley and All-CIF Division II honors. As a junior in 2000, he earned first-team All-League honors. In track-and-field, Alexander set the school's high jump record at 6'6". He was the league champion in 2000, and is a two-time CIF finalist in the high jump. A member of the school's Honor Roll, he was named Mt. Baldy League's Scholar-Athlete in 1999.

Alexander spent the 2002 season redshirting as a cornerback at Boise State. He saw action in 14 games as a reserve on the left side in 2003, coming up with 20 tackles (12 solos) and a stop for a loss. He also picked off a pass and deflected two others.

In 2004, Alexander took over right cornerback duties, starting all 12 games. He ranked fourth on the team with 53 tackles (43 solos) and made 2.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He batted down eight passes and intercepted five others.

As a junior, Alexander returned to left cornerback, where he earned 13 starting assignments. He posted 50 tackles (35 solos), sixth on the team. He had two stops for losses, an interception and 13 pass deflections.

In 2006, Alexander shifted to strong safety. He collected 38 tackles (27 solos) with a stop for a loss while causing and recovering a fumble. He deflected four passes and came up with two interceptions.

In 52 games at Boise State, Alexander started 38 times. He recorded 161 tackles (117 solos) with 6.5 stops for losses of 23 yards. He caused and recovered a fumble while also deflecting 27 passes. He also gained 75 yards on nine interception returns.

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Positives: Has an athletic, well-built frame with well-proportioned muscle tone, lean, yet well-defined legs and minimal body fat … Tough and durable player who is a better fit at safety, as he shows better ability to make plays on the ball and lacks good man coverage and backpedal skills to be an efficient cornerback … Shows the balance and agility to close down hill … Better athlete than a football player, as he shows good body control and change of direction agility and excellent leaping ability, thanks to time spent in track … Made quicker decisions working in the short area as a safety than at cornerback, showing aggression while making proper reads in run support … Good game planner who plays until the whistle … Has only adequate speed to cover receivers on deep routes, but shows better hip flexibility and transitioning out of his backpedal while playing safety than he did at cornerback … Has the leaping ability to reach the ball at its high point, as he catches and secures the ball away from the framework … Has a strong straight-line charge, but needs to square up better making the tackle (tends to take a side) … Stays in control, using his hands properly to redirect the tight ends … Smooth open-field runner with a decent initial burst … Does a good job of keeping his pads down and filling the rush lanes.

Negatives: Backpedal needs refinement, as he has wasted motions and takes false steps in his transition … Bites on play-action and eyes the backfield too long, struggling to recover … Poor footwork prevents him from opening his hips properly, resulting in his inability to gain leverage … He loses a feel for deep coverage, making him a liability at corner, as he will double clutch coming out of his pedal … Seems to lack contact in his tackles, as rather than face up, wrap and secure, he will generally deliver arm tackles … Is a good edge blitzer, but gets bounced around when trying to redirect inside … Has a tendency to run around and jump over blockers … Plays with his pads too high, resulting in poor body protection … Arrives late on the ball when working in deep routes and lacks the range to make cross field tackles … Will lose his man and allow separation past the short area … Ball location is marginal working in space at corner, but showed improvement at safety … Must continue to improve his hand/eye coordination, as several of his deflections could have easily been interceptions.

Compares To: MARLON McCREE-San Diego … Like McCree, Alexander made a position switch late in his college career that will enhance his draft stock. He is not the physical tackler his size and strength indicate, but he is better playing down hill than in man coverage. He struggles in transition, making him inefficient in covering receivers deep, and while he has a fair share of interceptions his hands are lacking. Later in the draft, his experience at several secondary positions will see him gain attention as a roster filler, but he is not starting material at this time.

Analysis

Sacramento State … Had a solo tackle.

Oregon State … Added two tackles (1 solo).

Hawaii … Posted four tackles (2 solo), a pass deflection and forced a fumble.

Utah … Added two solo tackles, an interception and a pass deflection.

Louisiana Tech … The defensive back had three tackles (2 solo) and a pass deflection.

New Mexico State … Registered six tackles (4 solo).

Idaho … Made four solo tackles.

Fresno State … The defensive back had three tackles (1 solo).

San Jose State … Followed with six tackles (4 solo).

Utah State … Posted two solo tackles.

Oklahoma (Fiesta Bowl) … Alexander had five tackles (4 solo), a stop for a loss of 6-yards, a 25-yard interception return and also deflected a pass.

Career Notes

Of his 38 career starts, 13 were at safety, 13 at left cornerback and 12 at right cornerback … Also set a school record in the vertical jump, leaping 41.5 inches in the fall of 2004.

2006 Season

Started all thirteen games at strong safety, finishing tenth on the team with 38 tackles (27 solos) with a stop for a 6-yard loss … Caused and recovered a fumble … Deflected four passes and picked off two others for 25 yards in returns.

2006 GAME

2006 Game Analysis

Sacramento State … Had a solo tackle.

Oregon State … Added two tackles (1 solo).

Hawaii … Posted four tackles (2 solo), a pass deflection and forced a fumble.

Utah … Added two solo tackles, an interception and a pass deflection.

Louisiana Tech … The defensive back had three tackles (2 solo) and a pass deflection.

New Mexico State … Registered six tackles (4 solo).

Idaho … Made four solo tackles.

Fresno State … The defensive back had three tackles (1 solo).

San Jose State … Followed with six tackles (4 solo).

Utah State … Posted two solo tackles.

Oklahoma (Fiesta Bowl) … Alexander had five tackles (4 solo), a stop for a loss of 6-yards, a 25-yard interception return and also deflected a pass.

2005 Season

Started all thirteen games at left cornerback … Produced 50 tackles (35 solos) with two stops for losses of 10 yards … Deflected a career-high thirteen passes and intercepted another.

2005 Game Analysis

Had a season-high seven tackles at Oregon State, including five solo tackles … Finished with six tackles vs. both Bowling Green and Portland State … Registered five tackles at Georgia and four tackles at Utah State … His lone interception came at Fresno State … Had three pass break-ups at Louisiana Tech and two break-ups in each of the Bowling Green, Hawaii and Nevada clashes.

2004 Season

Alexander moved into the lineup at right cornerback, starting twelve games … Finished fourth on the team with 53 tackles (43 solos), including 2.5 stops for losses of 5 yards … Deflected eight passes and intercepted five others for 50 yards in returns (led the Western Athletic Conference and ranked 16th nationally with an average of 0.62 interceptions per game).

2004 Game Analysis

Had a season-high eight tackles in the season finale at Nevada … Added seven tackles vs. both Louisiana Tech and Brigham Young … Totaled six tackles vs. Oregon State, and five more in each of the San Jose State, Hawaii and Louisville (Liberty Bowl) games … Picked off two passes at Texas-El Paso, while getting one vs. San Jose State, one vs. Louisiana Tech and one vs. Louisville … Blocked a potential game-winning field goal by San Jose State in the final seconds of regulation and was named WAC Special Teams Player of the Week for his effort.

2003 Season

Played in fourteen games as a reserve left cornerback … Recorded 20 tackles (12 solos) with a stop for a 2-yard loss … Intercepted a pass and deflected two others … Had a season-best five tackles and an interception vs. Texas-El Paso … Added four tackles vs. San Jose State and three solo tackles at Southern Methodist.

2002 Season

Redshirted during the 2002 season, his first with the Bronco program.

Injury Report

2005: Separated his right shoulder (AC joint) in practice before the Louisiana Tech game (11/22), but still played in that contest.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.55 in the 40-yard dash … 265-pound bench press … 485-pound squat … 376-pound hang clean … 358-pound power clean … 41.5-inch vertical jump … 4.12 20-yard shuttle … 6.97 three-cone drill … 30 7/8-inch arm length … 9-inch hands … Right-handed … 20/38 Wonderlic score.

Combine: 4.58 in the 40-yard dash … 1.61 10-yard dash … 2.65 20-yard dash … 4.21 20-yard shuttle … 11.94 60-yard shuttle … 7.24 three-cone drill … 41-inch vertical jump … 10'4" broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 15 times.

High School

Attended Rancho Cucamonga (Cal.) High School, playing football for head coach Bill Mulvehill … As a senior in 2001, he passed for more than 700 yards while rushing for 554 yards and scoring 10 touchdowns … That year, he was named the Offensive Player of the Year in the Mt. Baldy League while leading his team to the championship and advancing to the second round of the playoffs … Received first-team All-Inland Valley and All-CIF Division II honors … As a junior in 2000, he earned first-team All-League honors … In track-and-field, Alexander set the school's high jump record at 6'6" … Was the league champion in 2000 and is a two-time CIF finalist in the high jump … A member of the school's Honor Roll, he was named Mt. Baldy League's Scholar-Athlete in 1999.

Personal

Communications major … Born 6/28/84 … Resides in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

 
 
 

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