The Redskins made a move in today’s NFL Supplemental Draft. Washington used a 2019 sixth round pick to select Virginia Tech CB Adonis Alexander. The 6’3”, 193 pound cornerback spent time under current Redskins defensive backs coach Torrian Gray at VT.
The Redskins’ secondary lost two major players this offseason. They let starting cornerback Bashaud Breeland leave in free agency (who is still unsigned after a failed physical nixed his deal with the Panthers). And, slot cornerback Kendall Fuller was traded to the Chiefs in a deal that brought quarterback Alex Smith to Washington.
The Redskins drafted another Virginia Tech cornerback already this year when the team selected Greg Stroman in the seventh round of this year's draft. They are also hoping that Quinton Dunbar and/or Fabian Moreau can step up to fill the void this year. Alexander joins this young group of cornerbacks trying to earn a spot in a group led by Josh Norman.
The #Redskins have selected Virginia Tech CB Adonis Alexander in the sixth round of the NFL supplemental draft.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 11, 2018
I know Alexander has some versatility. Some talk by other teams about S... But Sounds like Skins like him best at corner. If better time in 40, likely gone higher so Skins rather fired up getting him in 6th. (now lose a 6th round pick in spring)— John Keim (@john_keim) July 11, 2018
Here are some highlights from Alexander’s career at Virginia Tech:
Here’s some of what SB Nation wrote earlier this week on Alexander:
Alexander fits the physical prototype that teams are looking for in their defensive backs. NFL Draft Scout has Alexander listed at about 6’3, 195 pounds. Alexander plays a violent brand of football that you don’t see from most cornerbacks. He was declared academically ineligible for the 2018 season, prompting him to declare for the supplemental draft.
Alexander shines versus the short passing game where he can use his closing speed and length to jar the ball loose against receivers. This is easily the best part of his game. His future NFL team might consider moving him to safety so he can a bit more of a downhill player than he was in college.
In a corresponding roster move, the Redskins have waived punter Sam Irwin-Hill.