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Rams Roster Preview: Maurice Alexander

Did the Rams make the right choice in taking a relatively unknown safety with better name recognition players available?

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Maurice Alexander, a former Edward Jones Dome employee, was a surprising pick on draft day. Most draft analysts had Alexander graded out as a 6th round or later prospect. Alexander came to the Rams with some baggage, but has been a mere shadow thus far with Aaron Donald, Lamarcus Joyner, and Greg Robinson eating up the majority of the spotlight.

Alexander started to make his presence known once the pads were put on according to Nick Wagoner's Rams Camp Report.

A couple of others who showed up when the contact increased: tight end Justice Cunningham and safety Maurice Alexander. After Alexander came up with a run stuff in one period, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams could be heard yelling "Look who finally showed up."

Alexander, on the surface, is similar to T.J. McDonald with both fitting more of a in the box role. However, both safeties fit the mold of a Gregg Williams player. In the end it isn't crazy to think that Alexander and McDonald could play together, but Rodney McLeod should be the starting free safety to start the season.

Alexander will contribute immediately on special teams and see limited snaps on defense. He could help make an already dominant punt coverage team even more sinister. His size and speed make him an ideal gunner. Alexander's athleticism will allow him to thrive in an ancillary role while developing into a more complete safety.