Alvester Alexander did a great interview with Optimum Scouting which covers NFL Draft prospects/ He went into more detail about his decision to declare early for the draft. The situation at home is a serious one and obviously puts lots of stress on Alexander and his family. He is trying to make that situation easier by landing a spot in the NFL.
"I have a talent. I think I can make some team someplace, and hopefully can lead to a better situation for my family. There's just a lot of stuff going on with my family."
Alvester's father is regularly in the hospital, needing treatment for a variety of medical illnesses. While not currently in the hospital, he still needs care at home, a task his mother adds to her plate. She also works full-time to support his medical costs as well as others to support the family.
"It's just a lot going on right now. I think I have the talent to make it to the pros. I know I'm not a hot commodity right now, but I need to, and think I can, make the most of my talents."
Alexander has nice size at 5-11 and 208lbs and ran a 4.39 40 time last year. He will be working hard in Dallas in trying to improve that time and catch the eyes of scouts. He has also been extremely healthy during his three years at Wyoming and never missed a game.
Even if Alexander had come back for his senior year it may have been hard to increase his draft stock much higher. With the Cowboys running a spread offense that heavily rotates running backs it would have been very tough for him to increase his touches. His carries dropped from 189 in 2010 to 152 in 2011. The backfield for the Cowboys was just going to be even more crowded in 2012. If Alexander had gotten the same amount of carries this year as he did in 2010 he would have finished with a career high 863 yards. He averaged four less carries per game this year.
Alexander also show he can be utilized in the passing game as well by catching 12 passes for a career best 200 yards. I'm rooting for Alexander to make the most of this training time and earn a spot with a NFL Club. He always will be a Wyoming Cowboy.