So, should the Redskins consider taking Alexander?
The short answer to this is absolutely. There’s no reason for them to just ignore the potential that Alexander brings to the table. But realistically, they should only target Alexander if they feel that the value is right for him.
Ideally, the Redskins could use their fourth or fifth round pick to get Alexander. Armed with two third round picks, one via the compensatory pick that will be awarded in the wake of Cousins’ signing with the Vikings, the Redskins don’t necessarily need two early picks on Day 3. They will already have made four picks by the time the fourth round starts, so losing one of those wouldn’t be a big deal. Especially is they end up adding a player like Alexander who has a lot of upside.
Still, this value has to be weighed in relation to what the Redskins will do with Alexander. Again, they could end up with seven quality corners on the roster, so one may be bound for the practice squad. That player would most likely be Alexander by virtue of the fact that he wouldn’t have as much time to learn the playbook and prove himself as his competition does.
So, the question then would be, do the Redskins want to spend a fourth or fifth round pick just to stash someone on the practice squad? It could work, but it would be risky. That will be a major factor in the team’s process regarding Alexander.
Regardless, the facts remain. Alexander is a talented player who has experience working with Gray. He was a collegiate teammate of Stroman. He’s a local product. Realistically, the Redskins could decide to take him and try to stash one of their younger players on the practice squad. Or, they could cross-train someone at safety to allow them to keep seven corners. Either way, Alexander should garner some consideration for the Redskins and if they deem him worthy, they could make him the team’s first supplemental selection since they took Jeremy Jarmon in 2009.