Gerald Alexander Is A Detroit Lion!

Gerald Alexander is going to Motown. The talented Bronco safety was the 29th player chosen in the 2nd round (61st overall) of today's NFL Draft, the proud choice of the Detroit Lions.

Gerald Alexander is a Detroit Lion! The hard-hitting Bronco safety is the fifth Bronco to be drafted in the second round of the National Football League draft. Alexander joins David Hughes (Seattle Seahawks—1981), Rick Woods (Pittsburgh Steelers—1982), Marcus Koch (Washington Redskins—1986) and Daryn Colledge (Green Bay Packers—2006) as a second round selection. The choice also marks the second time that Boise State players have been selected in the second round in back-to-back years.

The 6-0 210-lb. senior was the winner of the Strength "Iron Bronco" Award. He starred in his first season as a safety, leading the Broncos to an undefeated season, Fiesta Bowl Championship and top five ranking. A converted cornerback, Alexander finished the successful season with 33 tackles (23 solo), one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and three pass breakups.

As a junior, Alexander started all 13 games at cornerback and was sixth on the team in tackles and first in pass breakups. He finished the year with 50 tackles, two for loss, one interception and 13 pass breakups. "GA" started all 12 games at cornerback in 2004 and led the team with five interceptions. He also led the Western Athletic Conference in that department and was 16th in the nation. Gerald was fifth in the league in passes defended and fourth on the Bronco defense with 53 tackles. His incredible leaping ability allowed him to block 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. As a redshirt freshman, Alexander had 20 tackles, including one for a loss, and an interception in 2003 and set the school record with a 41.5-inch vertical jump.

During his Boise State career, Alexander led the Broncos to a 46-6 record with appearances in four bowl games, the 2003 Fort Worth Bowl Championship, the 2004 Liberty Bowl, the 2005 MPC Bowl and the 2007 Fiesta Bowl Championship. The Broncos finished in the top fifteen in the nation in 2003 and 2004 and were number five this past year.

Congratulations to Gerald Alexander—the 35th Boise State Bronco to be selected by the NFL!

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