New Jaguar Scouting Report: Gerald Alexander

The Jaguars have reportedly dealt veteran wide receiver Dennis Northcutt to the Detroit Lions for safety Gerald Alexander. JagNation has the full scouting report on Alexander, with help from RoarReport.com publisher Nate Caminata.

Measurables:

Alexander stands 6'2", and weighs 204 lbs., and is entering his third season from Boise State. Alexander will turn 25 years old this weekend.

Alexander started all 16 games as a rookie in 2007 and recorded 81 tackles, six passes defensed, and two interceptions. Gerald played in just five games in 2008 as he went down with a broken neck that cost him his season.

Experts take from Nate Caminata of RoarReport.com:

Positives: He has solid instincts and good ball awareness; one of those players whose name is always associated with a big play in the secondary. He is as equally adept as stopping the run. Can player either safety position, but seems better suited at SS. Proved he is a capable starter, especially when healthy.

Negatives: Tends to absorb contact rather than deliver, so his tackling ability leaves a tad to be desired. He has adequate speed but isn't going to win many foot races. Any time you're dealing with an injury involving the spin (vertebra fracture cut short his 2008 campaign), it's tough to gauge how a player will respond. But if Alexander can regain the form he displayed in his rookie campaign, and make the necessary improvements, he'll justify his second-round draft pick status from 2007 and become a solid if not notable secondary addition in Jacksonville.

Overall: Detroit had safeties to spare in the secondary, and although they seemed set at the receiver position, Northcutt will be a welcomed addition to a vastly improved pass catching core.

Our take:


Major victory by Gene Smith. Dennis Northcutt is a solid player, but the Jaguars are in a rebuilding mode and to get anything for him, much less a player who can compete for a starting job at a position of need is more than fantastic. If Alexander can come back to the form he showed as a rookie, Jaguars fans will be ecstatic.


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