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    Rams may take another look at Denario Alexander ..

    BY JIM THOMAS Friday, July 23, 2010 12:05 am

    Wide receiver Danario Alexander of the University of Missouri still could be on the Rams' radar. According to Alexander's agent, Jeff Nalley, Alexander was cleared medically on Monday to work out for NFL teams following surgery on his left knee in February.

    If that is the case, general manager Billy Devaney says the team probably will bring Alexander to St. Louis for a visit and a physical. The Rams have yet to see the medical reports.

    Nalley said in an e-mail that he was working on setting up a workout day for NFL teams in the near future — a belated "pro day" he called it. Alexander posted via Twitter on Tuesday night that the workout would be Wednesday. Alexander also tweeted that he ran a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash Tuesday in Houston.

    Devaney said that he isn't really interested in the pro day.

    "We know he can run. We know he can catch," Devaney said.

    In that sense, Alexander's game film proves it. Last season, he caught 113 passes for 1,781 yards with 14 touchdowns for the Tigers. He finished second in the nation in receptions per game (8.69) and led the nation in reception yards per game (137).

    For the Rams, it's the medical reports that matter.

    "We need to get the medical reports," Devaney said. "If he's cleared physically, we'll probably bring him in for a visit and a physical."

    After fighting his way through three left-knee surgeries at Missouri, Alexander seemed to have his injury problems behind him with his breakout 2009 season. Alexander isn't sure how it happened, but he re-injured the left knee in late January during a Senior Bowl practice in Mobile, Ala.

    "I think I went up for a ball and came down wrong," Alexander said at the NFL scouting combine, just a couple of weeks after the surgery.

    Doctors determined that he had a small cartilage defect in his left knee, an injury unrelated to the ligament damage that led to the earlier surgeries. Examinations by multiple doctors showed that the ligaments were stable.

    But the cartilage surgery meant that Alexander couldn't work out at the combine or take part in any pre-draft pro days. Once projected as an early- to mid-round selection, Alexander went undrafted. He has not worked out for pro scouts since that Senior Bowl practice.

    But he may work out again soon.

    If healthy, Alexander has the size and play-making ability to potentially help the Rams' wide-receiver corps. At 6-foot-4 1/2 and 221 pounds, he posted a vertical leap of 43 inches and reached 11 feet 1 inch in the broad jump during pre-Senior Bowl training. Those are rare numbers for an NFL draft prospect at any position.

    And if Alexander truly is running in the 4.4- to 4.5-second range in the 40, that's plenty fast for someone his size even if, as some critics suggest, Alexander is somewhat slow to accelerate.

    Among the Rams' top seven wide receivers entering training camp, only Laurent Robinson at 6-2 is taller than 6-feet-1. In fact, three of the seven (Donnie Avery, Danny Amendola, and Mardy Gilyard) are shorter than 6 feet. And none of the seven — a group that includes Keenan Burton, Brandon Gibson and Brooks Foster — has a listed playing weight of more than 210 pounds.

    In theory then, a player with Alexander's size would complement the group. But if the Rams come away from their medical fact-finding with serious concerns about Alexander's knee, they probably will shy away from signing him, even though his addition would bring a public-relations boost to the Rams because he was a popular player at Missouri.

    The Rams plan to hold 28 practices open to the public at Rams Park and have a scrimmage at Lindenwood University as part of training camp this summer. The following schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions:

    July 29 (rookies): 8:15-9:30 a.m.; 2:15-3:30 p.m.

    July 30 (rookies): 8:15-9:30 a.m.

    July 31 (full squad): 3-4:30 p.m.

    Aug. 1: 8:15-10:30 a.m.: 6:15-8 p.m.

    Aug. 2: 2-4:30 p.m.

    Aug. 3: 8:15-10:30 a.m.; 6:15-8 p.m.

    Aug. 4: 2-4:30 p.m.

    Aug. 5: 8:15-10 a.m.; 3-5 p.m.

    Aug. 6: 2-4:30 p.m.

    Aug. 7: 8:15-10 a.m.; Scrimmage, 6:30 p.m., Lindenwood University.

    Aug. 9: 8:15-10:30 a.m.

    Aug. 10: 2-4:30 p.m.

    Aug. 11: 8:15-10:30 a.m.; 6:15-8 p.m.

    Aug. 12: 2-4 p.m.

    Aug. 16: 2:30-4:30 p.m.

    Aug. 17: 8:15-10:30 a.m.; 5-7 p.m.

    Aug. 18: 1:30-4 p.m.

    Aug. 19: 8:15-10:30 a.m.; 5-7 p.m.

    Aug. 23: 2:30-4:30 p.m.

    Aug. 24: 8:15-10

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    Re: Rams may take another look at Denario Alexander ..

    Man, anybody with upside like this guy should be brought in and given a shot. The guy was electric in college and lots of folks have recovered from similiar injuries.. consider the god awful state of our wide receivers.. SIGN HIM and stick him on the practice squad, see if he develops.

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    Awh man I'm so happy to see this. I felt so bad for the guy and was praying the rams would give him a chance. He was a beast in college!

    Just because some stupid injuries people decided to not even give him a chance. My god, bringing him in.... imagine that WR camp battle?

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    Re: Rams may take another look at Denario Alexander ..

    Nothing wrong in letting DW compete. His potential merits a chance.

    The following article is several months old but positive in praise of this youngster.

    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.
    Hopefully his latest injuries are no longer a concern.

    Hey, this athlete is tough -- plays with no helmet!
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    Excited to see that we are gonna give him a chance.

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    Looks like this guy will be competition for McRae. Some sort of battle of the undrafted big men, Rams style.

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    We should take all of those big receivers and replace the smaller burton, avery and foster. I really like them but come on noone can deny that a big strong receiver is much better than a small speedy one. Ill take a little bit less speed any day since they can outmuscle defenders at the line of scrimage, just for a ball over the smaller corners for a big 1st down or a td. Thats my 2 cents lol I just think that Spags is going to make the right move and make our receiving corp bigger and stronger. We can use a guy like danny or avery in the slot but thats it.

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    Re: Rams may take another look at Denario Alexander ..

    Obviously, the previous history of injury is a concern, however didn't Anquan Boldin have a few knee surgeries before hitting the NFL? I know he had at least one major knee surgery, and it didn't affect him developing in to a very good WR.

    Alexander has the physical tools that scouts drool over. He'd be a great developmental pickup.

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    "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."

    He's an NFL guy, so I guess I'll give him a pass for not knowing much about college football. Expectations certainly were not high with the youngest Big-Six team in the country that just lost Chase Daniel, Chase Coffman (best tight end in NCAA history), and Jeremy Maclin.

    On-topic, he's a great player. That picture of him without a helmet shows just what he's made of, he got hit really hard, but then lurched forward an extra two yards without his helmet to barely get a first down. He has a 46" vertical to go with his 6'5" height. As Ron Franklin said, it basically takes a 7 foot cornerback to cover him because he can reach so many balls thrown all over the place. The injuries can be concerning, but he's such a good player that you can't pass on him.

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    If we dont pick him up I will be pissed off. I think he could easily develop into our number one receiver by the end of the season.

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