Good morning folks, we’ve got some interesting news out of Blacksburg, Virginia, where the 49ers were represented at the official workout of 2018 supplemental draft prospect Adonis Alexander, former CB from Virginia Tech. Having been ruled academically ineligible for the 2018 season, he decided to declare for the supplemental draft, as one of three defensive backs available, and one of the two fairly likely to be drafted.
Alexander is a big guy, with different sources listing him usually at 6 foot 3 inches, and roughly 200 pounds (give or take 7, dependent upon who you ask) - which seems to be a coveted asset by the current 49ers staff. Most profiles of Alexander also highlight his willingness and ability in run support, as well as his 4.6 second 40 speed; all things considered, he sounds like a fit for a press zone system like the ones that have branched out from Seattle.
Drafting Alexander late would be swell, but extremely unlikely. Unless the team sees him as an absolutely necessary addition, I just can’t see it happening - for a multitude of reasons. To begin, he’s been arrested for drugs, and has blamed his academic shortcomings on an unchecked ego. Red flag. His 2017 campaign was something of a let down from the success he found in 2016. The 49ers only have 6 selections in the 2019 draft (5th rounder was sent to Detroit in 2017 for Laken Tomlinson). Fellow supplemental prospect Sam Beal is also a lengthy corner, but with 4.4 speed and significantly more polish (despite being less capable in run support), and what I’d consider a superior prospect.
But wait, there’s more.
The 49ers selected S-to-CB conversion project Tarvarius Moore out of the University of Southern Mississippi in the third round this year. He’s got length, he’s got polish, and most importantly, he’s FAST. The 49ers also signed UDFA Tarvarus McFadden from FSU who, despite a pitiful 40 time, has length and ball skills. We’ve got veterans Richard Sherman and Ahkello Witherspoon, who, not surprisingly, also have excellent length. At this point, the main thing going for Alexander is his height, which we already have - perhaps in excess. With the growing hype around the CB, it’s a virtual certainty that he’ll get drafted in the upcoming supplemental draft - and much higher than we should be looking to spend.
What are your guys’ thoughts?
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