Redskins Training Camp Profile: CB Adonis Alexander
Alexander’s main competition
The cornerback group may be largely unsettled for the Redskins, but it does seem that there is a clear-cut pecking order at the top. Josh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, and Fabian Moreau seem likely to be the team’s top-three corners this year barring an injury or a major surprise.
Behind them is where things start to get interesting.
There are three incumbents returning to the roster in Alexander, Greg Stroman, and Danny Johnson. Of that group, Stroman showed the most potential to be a solid corner at the NFL level.
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Stroman totaled 38 tackles, four pass defenses, and an interception while playing in 37 percent of the team’s defensive snaps. Stroman is versatile and has good coverage skills. He was beaten at times as a rookie, but with another year of seasoning, he should be better. That should lock him into the roster, especially considering that he does have capabilities as a return man.
As for Johnson, he saw some action on defense, mainly in the nickel role, but he didn’t fare too well. He eventually was relegated mostly to special teams and return duties, and that will be his best chance of making the squad.
In addition to this duo, Alexander will have to battle newcomers on the corner depth chart as well. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie brings a versatile veteran presence to the team while seventh-round pick Jimmy Moreland has made some waves with his ball skills at OTAs. Given the team’s relative lack of experience at corner, DRC is likely to intrigue them while Moreland’s ballhawking ability may give him a leg up on guys like Johnson as a backup nickel.
In short, there is no shortage of competition for Alexander. While he has the biggest frame of the cornerbacks on the roster, he is going to have to prove himself in order to stay competitive in what may be one of the team’s deepest roster battles.