Scouting report: A touted high school recruit with both safety and cornerback potential, Alexander started his career on special teams and at safety for the Hokies, garnering Freshman All-American accolades. He played cornerback along with Greg Stroman and Brandon Facyson, two current NFL players.
It was the Sunday before the Sunday before the All-Star Game, and the Washington Nationals were holding a news conference. On a podium deep within the bowels of Nationals Park, the three players who were voted into the Midsummer Classic sat behind a long table and fielded questions from reporters.
On the right was Max Scherzer, the two-time defending Cy Young winner whose dominant first half makes him a favorite to be the starting pitcher for the National League in front of his hometown fans. On the left was Sean Doolittle, the bearded southpaw who hasn’t walked anybody in three months and has been as good as any closer in the game. In between Scherzer and Doolittle, in the chair that was literally the center of attention, sat Bryce Harper.
This offseason, the Packers lost another weapon when Jordy Nelson was released before signing with the Raiders. His departure left them with Davante Adams, Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison as the only returning veteran receivers.
The Packers also drafted J’Mon Moore (third round), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (fifth) and Equanimeous St. Brown (sixth round) in this year’s NFL Draft. Those guys are all big, talented receivers, but were late picks who will be fighting for a roster spot this season. They may not be ready to make an impact as rookies.
Instead, the Packers have a different solution already on their roster to end their potential wide receiver woes: Ty Montgomery.
Montgomery, a 6-0, 216-pound former third-round pick by the Packers, began his professional career as a wide receiver, hauling in 15 receptions and two touchdowns as a rookie. In between his first and second years, the Packers coaching staff decided they had a greater need at running back than wide receiver, and moved Montgomery behind the quarterback.