Future One-Two Punch: Bradford to Alexander?

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Remember the date October 12, 2010. That date just may be the date that the Rams’ future quarterback received his future go-to wide receiver. Danario Alexander, who signed a 4 year deal with a $35,000 to $36,000 signing bonus, may be the target that Bradford needs. Danario, listed at 6-5, 221 pounds, is a target that Sam Bradford simply cannot miss.

A playmaker at Mizzou, Danario was, and still is, known for his very good hands. With his great height, fine leaping ability, and strong hands, he is able to jump up, and hold onto, balls that other wide receivers and defenders cannot get. And once he has the ball in his hands, look out, because that’s when he’s most dangerous. Yes, he’s a huge asset in the end-zone, but his long stride gives him the ability to beat defenders down the field. Catching the ball in stride is a huge strength of his, and, after his rather slow acceleration, can beat defenders after a stop route. Since he has such a great frame, defenders have a tough time tackling Danario; bouncing off of him when failing to wrap him up. He can also be really good when blocking for the run, using his length to his advantage.

You want a player that likes his quarterback? Then Danario is your guy! He’s known to work with his QB in the film room and has great work ethic to come back after is (frequent) injuries.

Despite his intangibles, speed, and hands, he does a couple of issues. One well-known problem is his medical record. He’s had many knee problems, which was the main, if not only reason, he went undrafted. He was also used in the slot at Mizzou and needs to work on his route running skills. That’s about it. Like I said, not too many issues.

Want a comparable? Adam Caplan, an NFL reporter and writer for foxsports.com says a scout compared Danario to Calvin Johnson. A “clone” actually.

Two last thoughts: 1) Hope for him to be 100% when he’s active. 2) Pray for his health.

I lied: You can also follow him on twitter @d_alexander84.


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