Bill Belichick says Jaire Alexander was high on the Patriots’ draft board

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick is getting prepared to face Packers rookie cornerback Jaire Alexander on Sunday, and Belichick loves what Alexander has put on tape.

In fact, Belichick loved what Alexander did before he got to the NFL. Belichick said the Patriots were very high on Alexander coming out of Louisville, and if the Packers hadn’t taken him with the 18th overall pick, the Patriots might have taken him with the 23rd overall pick.

“He’s going to have a great career,” Belichick said of Alexander. “Thought it was an excellent pick. It was a little bit ahead of where we were picking. One of the top players on the board. Great kid. Great energy. I think he’ll be one of the top corners in the league for quite a while now.”

The Patriots used their first pick on Isaiah Wynn, an offensive tackle who suffered a season-ending injury in the preseason. Belichick may be a little jealous of the production the Packers are getting out of their first pick.

38 responses to “Bill Belichick says Jaire Alexander was high on the Patriots’ draft board

  1. Jaire Alexander is a baller out there on a field…but i have always despised his Look At Me attitude everytime he makes a great play! He was always a bit of a hothead at Louisville

  2. As long as the player does his job, doesn’t get in trouble with the law and is a team over player person. I don’t care what he does, dude straight up balls out there.

  3. Belichick always praises the opposing team. Nothing new here. He’s a cunning guy and won’t give up any bulletin board material. Does this mean the Pats will pick on Alexander? Is it just conversation? Who knows with BB.

  4. I like Jaire’s confidence. Davante Adams was just saying yesterday how much it meant to him and inspired him in his rookie season when Aaron would tell him “No one can cover you” He started to believe in himself and it made him a better player.

    Jaire was already confident in himself coming in, but Davante says he still gets in Jaire’s ear and gives him even more confidence.

    Not a surprise a great talent evaluator like Belichick was/is high on Jaire. This kid is well on his way to being a very big star in this league if he isn’t already.

    The Packers secondary has become a strength of this team and young players like Kevin King and Jaire are a big part of that. I can’t wait to see Josh Jackson get involved more.

    #GoPackGo!🧀

  5. “Jaire Alexander is a baller out there on a field…but i have always despised his Look At Me attitude everytime he makes a great play! He was always a bit of a hothead at Louisville”

    have you not seen and NFL game in the last 25 years?? Every player n the league want you to “look at me” – it’s entertainment – not church

  6. I HATE how the media expects coaches & players to give praise to the other team and its players and if they do not then somehow the media makes it out to be a sign of “disrespect” and then tell the other team….
    This is a tactic the media uses to generate content, advance careers, and make profit.
    If I were a player or coach, when the media asks me about the other team I would simply say “YOU can talk to them about their team, I will talk about my team only and if you cannot respect my wishes then leave me alone.”

  7. Translation: I’m going to have Brady mutilate him on national television so the Packers overreact, cut him, and let me pick him up for a song.

  8. Jaire is a player. He sure balled out last week but was hurt before that. I think BB is happy with CB Jackson for even cheaper. The only worry is Flags for JC Jackson but a play maker other wise.

  9. Bill Belichick says Jaire Alexander was high on the Patriots’ draft board

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    What, is Belichick supposed to be praised for stating the obvious? Alexander was a high 1st-round pick according to just about everyone.

    I’d be a whole lot more interested in hearing Belichick’s take on why he thinks his own defense is ranked 29th in an offensively bereft division, and in a division devoid of any real QBs (since the Brady era began I might add), and why his defenses have averaged ranking 19th over the prior 10 years, again, in a division w/o one single notable QB over that span much less any good offense.

    While he’s at it, I wouldn’t mind hearing his explanation of why he didn’t see Brady’s greatness and why it took an injury to a QB that was 5-13 before he pulled the plug on a QB whose play was incapable of ever winning a SB.

    Just sayin’, … or rather, just askin’.

  10. Belichick really dropped the ball in this draft. Instead of drafting IWynn @23, who’s not a LT, he could have traded their 2nd(DDawson) with #23 and addressed the D, which was sorely needed. #16 TEdmunds, #17 DJames,#18 JAlexander,#19 L Vander Esch. All studs. All would have looked great in a Pats uniform.

  11. 2 things.

    1. Those saying Brady will pick on him, obviously feel Brady is stupid or haven’t watched Alexander play. He’s playing like a 4 year vet at a pro bowl level. Brady will not pick on him.

    2. BB doesn’t have to say a thing about where on the board the Pats MAY have had him. Say he’s a rising rookie or whatever. This isn’t smoke and subterfuge.

  12. ragnarthegreat says:
    November 1, 2018 at 9:13 am
    Belichick always praises the opposing team. Nothing new here. He’s a cunning guy and won’t give up any bulletin board material. Does this mean the Pats will pick on Alexander? Is it just conversation? Who knows with BB.

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    Nope. This one is genuine.

  13. ragnarthegreat says:
    November 1, 2018 at 9:13 am
    Belichick always praises the opposing team. Nothing new here. He’s a cunning guy and won’t give up any bulletin board material. Does this mean the Pats will pick on Alexander? Is it just conversation? Who knows with BB.

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    BB does praise the other team, but it’s not like he is lying. He really does think Alexander is good.

    Brady will throw to whomever is open.

  14. 8oneanddones says:
    November 1, 2018 at 10:23 am
    Not to mention New England selected defensive back Duke Dawson, also on IR, in the 2nd round.

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    Nope. He’s off IR and practicing. So, nope.

  15. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    November 1, 2018 at 9:35 am
    Bill Belichick appreciates and respects high end talent no matter the uniform. The purples and patsanoia sufferers should try that outlook, they’d sure cry a lot less.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    I’m pretty sure Belichick prepares for more than just the star players or “high end talent” of each team.

  16. aarons444 says:
    November 1, 2018 at 9:49 am
    He has been exceptional so far, especially the last couple weeks.
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    He was exceptional last week. Before that, he hasn’t played since week 4. Bye week & out with a hammy for 2 weeks. He’s gotta be careful with that handful of jersey though. Looking forward to see him progress & hopefully stay healthy.

  17. He’s taking advantage of one of the rare times teams can show interest in a player under contract with another team.

    It works twofold – plants a seed in the mind of the player and his agent so when the time comes they have reason to believe the grass actually may be greener elsewhere. Also when a team has little chance of making the playoffs, most teams decide its time to shed some assets as painlessly as possible to improve their bottom line and peace of mind. In this regard we have seen some bizarre behavior from many teams, including the Patriots.

  18. fmiaakammqbpft says:
    November 1, 2018 at 10:50 am
    This is so much more believable than “We had a first round grade on TB12” Bill Polian.

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    Yeah…..that’s why they let 5 full rounds go by without picking him up. I guess Polian thought Jim Sorgi was the answer

  19. So funny watching people marvel at what BB MAY be doing. Like reading tea leaves or chicken bones.

    He’s always prepared, so when he talks about a specific player, he’s telling you what he sees as a strength he has prepared for. If someone asked him about the Packer’s long snapper, he would tell you his strengths too. No mind games, no BS. He’s just a consummate professional, who has done his homework with aplomb. Stop trying to make it supernatural or mysterious. He just does his job better than most/all in the NFL, which is why he has been successful to such an unusual degree

  20. The only hothead like that, who completely backed up being a hothead, was Deion Sanders. That said, this kid looks promising. Had a monster game in coverage last week vs. the Rams.

  21. tylawspick6 says:
    November 1, 2018 at 10:46 am
    8oneanddones says:
    November 1, 2018 at 10:23 am
    Not to mention New England selected defensive back Duke Dawson, also on IR, in the 2nd round.

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    Nope. He’s off IR and practicing. So, nope.

    ==============================

    OK, good to know. However, the odds of him making a meaningful impact this year are still quite low. How often does anyone, let alone a rookie, on the IR/designated to return list actually come back and play well the same year?

    On second thought, maybe BB stashed him there for the roster spot and his injury wasn’t bad to begin with. Hopefully that’s the case.

  22. While he’s at it, I wouldn’t mind hearing his explanation of why he didn’t see Brady’s greatness and why it took an injury to a QB that was 5-13 before he pulled the plug on a QB whose play was incapable of ever winning a SB.

    Just sayin’, … or rather, just askin’.

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    From what I remember, They kept Brady on as the 4th QB which was obviously was an uncharacteristic thing to do, because they were impressed with him. He moved up through the depth chart quickly to become backup, and most thought it was inevitable that he’d supplant Bledsoe, who prior to getting injured was performing very inconsistently even though he’d taken the Pats to a Super Bowl in 1996 and had a run of 5 really good years overall if you look at it in scope. Pete Carroll wasn’t ready for prime time back then and the Pats declined in play each year he was there while they still had a talented team. Kraft hired Belichick and history forever changed right there.

    So, yes, Bledsoe got ‘Wally Pipped’, but it wasn’t a fluke. Belichick and staff were leaning that way before fate stepped in.

  23. boiler72 says:
    November 1, 2018 at 11:34 am
    The only hothead like that, who completely backed up being a hothead, was Deion Sanders. That said, this kid looks promising. Had a monster game in coverage last week vs. the Rams

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    Deion was a major reason why I went from casual NFL fan to devotee. His greatness is unique. Comparing him to a rookie is akin to bringing a flamethrower to a fistfight

  24. I’d be a whole lot more interested in hearing Belichick’s take on why he thinks his own defense is ranked 29th in an offensively bereft division
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    Pats have just played their second divisional game last monday.

  25. The Analytical Kid says:
    November 1, 2018 at 10:29 am

    What, is Belichick supposed to be praised for stating the obvious? Alexander was a high 1st-round pick according to just about everyone.

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    I’m not trying to sound like an “insider” here, but a friend worked with the Pats for two years. He’s still in the league.

    Told me they had less than 40 players on their ENTIRE draft board both years. Wouldn’t tell me the exact number, but less than 40 players? I have old buddies that work for a few different teams (we were on the same college staff together … I’m completely out of football now) and those guys will have 250 on their boards.

    Patriots do things differently.

  26. Heaven has called another Packer back home.

    Tom Braatz 1933-2018

    VP of football operations for the Packers from the mid 80’s thru 1991. Braatz was a good executive, though many Packers fans remember him as the guy who drafted Tony Mandarich.

  27. Enough of this ‘analysis’ that the Pats D is some kinda dumpster fire. Are they great? No. Are they good enough to get to the SBowl with their offensive capabilities. Probably. They’re a hell of a lot better than the Chief’s D, for example. They give up a lot of yrds and 3rd downs, which can be frustrating, but have been in the top 10 in scoring D(usually top 5), the most important stat, for over 10 yrs. The one exception, 2011, they still got to the SBowl.

    As far as Dawson goes, not only is he a rookie, he missed half of the practices in camp too. They could activate him this week, they haven’t filled Rowe’s roster spot. It will be tough for him to make a meaningful contribution this year. Slot CB is the least of their probs anyway. JJones is playing well.

  28. fbfan says:
    November 1, 2018 at 11:16 am
    aarons444 says:
    November 1, 2018 at 9:49 am
    He has been exceptional so far, especially the last couple weeks.
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    He was exceptional last week. Before that, he hasn’t played since week 4. Bye week & out with a hammy for 2 weeks. He’s gotta be careful with that handful of jersey though. Looking forward to see him progress & hopefully stay healthy.

    —-

    He needs to get some coaching up on that handful of jersey from C Wood.

    a little tug close to the body does wonders. Gotta let go before your arm gets extended…

  29. He has been fun to watch, I feel he and Josh Jackson, are going to be better pair of CBs are better than the Randall, Rollins duo.

    GB was pretty slick in getting an extra first round pick and picking up someone whom is off to a very good rookie season.

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