New Orleans Saints Draft: Searching for Florida A&M’s LB Curtis Alexander
By Dean Mullen
This is the most puzzling story you’ll read leading up to the draft. And still, there’s just something that doesn’t add up.
A few weeks ago I wrote a story about Florida A&M’s Pro Day. The basic premise for the article was the lack of pro scouts that attended that day. It was held in Tallahassee, Florida in the afternoon for a number of players trying to catch anyone’s eye. Unfortunately, there was only one or maybe two scouts out of the 32 NFL teams.
Ironically, the player that caught my eye originally, was Jacque Bryant, who goes by “Jake” did put on a show. Furthermore, his Pro Day results are also included here from NFL.com. Ultimately, Bryant should get a shot at making an NFL roster when training camp begins. Time will tell on that one. Regardless, there was another player that got my attention. Curtis Alexander simply stood out physically, and he displayed his passion to play football on the next level.
Curtis told me that the Pittsburgh Steelers met with him in the lunch room one day. Additionally, he told me that the Steelers wanted to know if he would be interested in being the fullback to block for RB Le’Veon Bell. Moreover, the Steelers sent two scouts to talk with Curtis. Incidentally, the Steelers don’t usually waste time unless they are serious about a player.
Here lies the real confusion. His father was there that day to support his son Curtis Alexander. He also told the same exact story word for word. Even the coaches thought the meeting was a bit odd since Curtis hasn’t really played any type of running back since high school. That being said, Curtis Alexander simply put up numbers on Pro Day that were astronomical.
For a guy that stands 6-foot-1 and 235 pounds, running a 4.66 on a 40-yard dash is blazing. Add that with a 40.5″ vertical, a 10’1″ broad jump, and 24 bench lifts. This is immaculate considering Myles Garrett ran a 4.62 and 4.57 in his 40-yard dash and a broad jump of 10’6″. Of course, Curtis is not Myles Garrett, but he’s definitely worth at least a look.
Several agents were shocked by the numbers. Those same agents didn’t have any clue who Curtis Alexander was. They heard of Zach Cunningham, who was at the NFL Combine for sure. Cunningham was a top performer for linebackers with a 35″ vertical. Ok wait a minute…Curtis Alexander can jump higher and run about as fast as Cunningham, who ran a 4.67 40-yard dash.
Similarly, the time was equivalent to what Curtis Alexander put up. At the time of Pro Day, Curtis Alexander did not have an agent. There was simply something missing here. Here’s a guy that can run and jump just as well as some of the big names out there, but it seemed that there was simply no news on this excellent Pro Day performance. I have reached out to the athletics department to find out how to get in touch with Curtis Alexander. As of this article, I haven’t heard back.
Where is Curtis Alexander? Tell him that he has a chance to make it in the NFL. Are the Steelers the only team that saw something in him? Perhaps other teams did visit later. Hopefully, this young man can get the proper direction during this complicated draft process. The draft process is like getting a doctorate in Draftology. Curtis Alexander is the ultimate sleeper in the draft. First and foremost, someone has to call this guy immediately.