Hopefully his latest injuries are no longer a concern. May result as a "T.O. in the making". Minus antics. ;)
2010 NFL Draft: Danario Alexander a Hidden Gem at Wide Receiver
By Eddie Garrison (Correspondent) on February 12, 2010 455
Every year when draft day rolls around, there is always talk about who will be the steal of the draft.
Who will be the [insert year here] hidden gem that a team gets that no one else looked at or saw during his college career?
Enter the 2010 NFL Draft hidden gem, Danario Alexander.
The 6'5", 215-pound wide receiver played for the Missouri Tigers all four years of his collegiate career. He amassed 191 receptions for 2,778 yards and 22 touchdowns.
His senior year, however, counted towards 1,781 of those yards, 113 of those receptions, and 14 of those scores.
Pointing to one thing that has plagued Alexander ever since first stepping on campus at Mizzou—injuries.
Since his freshman year he has had three knee surgeries and a wrist surgery during his, for lack of a better term, bittersweet collegiate career for the Tigers.
No more has a wide receiver been overlooked in what was his best and tremendous senior season than Alexander. Of course, it could have something to do with Missouri’s bad year after the hopes were so high at the start of the season.
A lot of his achievements were shunted aside due to the Tigers losing games in which he personally had outstanding performances.
Like his performance against Oklahoma State, a game that saw Mizzou lose but Alexander amass 180 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Or in their loss to Baylor, where Alexander put up astounding numbers with 13 catches for 214 yards and a touchdown. But since the Tigers again lost this matchup, much of the accolades that should have been coming his way were dismissed due to the loss by the team.
The numbers that Alexander posted this year are just as good if not better than most of the so-called best wide receivers in the country—though as you look around at all the mock NFL drafts, he is nowhere to be seen on the first day of most of them.
I have yet to actually see him projected any higher than the fourth round in most mock drafts.
But let’s look inside the numbers to see how Alexander's season stacked up against the so-called best wide receivers in the NFL draft.
Golden Tate of Notre Dame had 93 catches for 1,496 yards, and 15 touchdowns. Danario Alexander had 285 more yards, 20 more receptions, and just one fewer score.
Jordan Shipley of Texas had 116 catches for 1,485 yards and 13 touchdowns. Now he did have three more receptions than Danario, but Alexander bested his yardage by 296 yards and had one more score than Shipley.
Demaryius Thomas of Georgia Tech had only 46 catches for 1,154 yards and eight touchdowns. Alexander walloped him with 67 more catches, 627 more yards, and six more touchdowns.
Well, if it’s not the stats that are holding teams back from ranking him higher in the draft, it must be his size, right?
All the wideouts we have compared him statistically to and those ranked above him in mock drafts are no bigger than Alexander. Let’s look at the tale of the tape, shall we?
Danario Alexander: 6'5", 215 pounds
Dez Bryant: 6'2", 220 pounds
Golden Tate: 5'11", 195 pounds
Jordan Shipley: 6'0", 190 pounds
Demaryius Thomas: 6'3", 229 pounds
So if it's not the stats or the size, what could it be with Alexander that no one has him ranked going any higher than the fourth round in the NFL draft this year?
The injuries? Perhaps.
One thing is very certain for Alexander come the NFL draft: A team is going to see his numbers, see his size and speed on film, and take a chance on him and give him his shot at the next level.
You know, this kind of reminds me of another guy that no one thought too highly of because he did not go to a huge school and didn't go in the draft until the seventh round as the 252nd overall pick of the New Orleans Saints.
That player was Marques Colston—excuse me, Super Bowl champion Marques Colston.
Am I saying Danario Alexander will have the same career as Colston did and win a Super Bowl? Absolutely not. But as far as talent and heart are concerned, I believe whoever drafts this young man will know they found a hidden gem in this year’s NFL draft.