Denver Broncos: Adonis Alexander of interest in supplemental draft
Could the Denver Broncos show interest in Virginia Tech cornerback Adonis Alexander in the 2018 Supplemental Draft? We take a look at the prospect…
The 2018 Supplemental Draft is set to take place in a few weeks, and there are some defensive prospects that could be of interest to the Denver Broncos.
The top prospect is considered to be Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal, and we’ve already looked at how the Broncos might have some interest there. You can read about it here.
Another defensive back prospect the Broncos might look into is Virginia Tech’s Adonis Alexander, a lanky hybrid type of player who has played some cornerback and safety in his college career.
As with any player available in the supplemental draft pool, the Broncos need to be cautious how much they invest in Alexander or anyone else due to off-field or work habit concerns.
Statistically, Alexander has regressed the past couple of seasons after a stellar freshman season with the Hokies, but there are some good clips in this thread that indicate the type of player the Broncos could be getting:
Watching him play, it’s clear that Alexander can play some press-man coverage as Hicks alludes to in that thread, which is the Broncos’ scheme exactly. The team has already added some prospects at the position that could excel at press-man coverage in the past two draft classes in Brendan Langley (2017) and Isaac Yiadom (2018).
Both of those players were third-round picks and both could be expected to play a significant role in the 2018 defense.
Looking to the future, however, there’s no reason the Broncos would have to hesitate to throw a mid-late round draft choice at a player like Alexander, whose pro day measurables were nearly identical to those of Isaac Yiadom.
Alexander’s versatility and ability to play safety, nickel, and on the boundary could pique the Broncos’ interest.
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From a scheme perspective, this is a fit. From a regional scouting perspective, the Broncos have also found some of their best talents — specifically defensively — from the ACC, including top 2018 draft choice Bradley Chubb.
If the Broncos want to use a pick in the Supplemental Draft on any player, they will forfeit the corresponding selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.
A day three selection for any of the top players available would be reasonable.