Rating the St. Louis Rams’ 2014 Draft Picks at Midseason

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6. Maurice Alexander

In terms of production, Alexander hasn’t done a whole lot to separate himself from the previous five guys on this list in 2014. It was a given that the 6-foot-1, 220-pound safety was going to be somewhat of a project, and there was virtually no chance of him being a starter this year. What’s more alarming, however, is that Alexander can’t even make the 46-man active roster on game days, even in a depleted Rams defensive backfield.

Alexander has only dressed for two games this year and has been limited exclusively to special teams during those games. Last week as the Rams prepared to play the San Francisco 49ers, safeties Cody Davis and Rodney McLeod were both dealing with injuries. Logically, it would have been an opportunity for the Rams to allow Alexander to start contributing in some capacity.

Instead, the Rams traded for third-year safety Mark Barron, who is roughly the same size as Alexander and possesses pretty much the same exact skill set. After just two days of practice, Barron was on the Rams’ gameday roster with Alexander once again an inactive. Considering that Barron was limited just to special teams (and that running back Zac Stacy dressed but never moved off the sideline), it doesn’t look like Alexander is anywhere close to being ready to contribute, either on special teams or from scrimmage.