Despite an All-American season in 2009 in which he led the country in receiving yards, former Missouri WR Danario Alexander went undrafted this past weekend and is still looking for a job. The Columbia Daily Tribune takes a look at why Alexander cannot seem to find a new home.
It’s safe to presume that front offices doubt Alexander would pass an initial physical, but his agent hasn’t returned messages, so we don’t know exactly where things stand. His only path to the NFL might be to catch on with a team this summer and pass a physical in time to participate in training camp.
Asked yesterday during an interview on 101 ESPN in St. Louis, Rams General Manger Billy Devaney said he figures the medical physical was the holdup.
“That’s the only thing,” he said. “You just feel crushed for the kid. He’s so talented. You know how good the guy is.” The knee is “the only issue. Unfortunately, it’s a significant issue.”
Resiliency and recovery always defined Alexander’s Missouri career, but you wonder if that balky knee has sealed his NFL fate.
It’s terrible to see stories like this. There are guys like LeGarrette Blount that do just about everything wrong and still find a team (in his case at least two) willing to give him a chance. Yet there is Alexander, coming off an outstanding season and due to his knee — something he has zero control over — can’t even get an invite to a rookie mini-camp.
I know that Todd Haley can’t stand when his players have to spend time with the trainers instead of practicing, but I would love to see Alexander find his way to Kansas City.
With his size, if he can come back enough from his knee surgeries to have anywhere near the athleticism he showed last season, I have no doubt Alexander can play on Sundays.