In life, people sometimes get second chances. In the case of Utah State Aggies Football player Maurice Alexander, it becomes doubly true -- because he almost blew his opportunity at Utah State several years ago. A physical altercation with teammate Joey DeMartino a few years ago at a house party resulted in Alexander's arrest, a 45-day jail sentence and led to him being thrown off the football team.
Alexander worked his way back on the team--and he even converted to safety from linebacker. And now, Alexander is being mentioned as a possible late round pick at NFL Draft 2014 after a solid performance at the NFL Combine and at Pro Day. If it seems like it’s a long way from a plain, old jail cell in downtown Logan, that’s because it is.
Alexander told the Salt Lake Tribune in an interview on Thursday that he is looking forward to the upcoming draft and that he would be very humbled if an NFL team drafts him.
"If you get your name called, you know it's going to be an emotional day," Alexander said in the interview with the Tribune. "This is something you prepare for your whole life and it would be a dream come true, a blessing, to get a chance."
All Alexander wants and needs after jail time, a position change and an attitude adjustment -- is a second chance. The latest mock draft from DraftTek.com -- which predicts all seven rounds of the draft -- doesn’t have Alexander being selected.
That doesn’t necessarily preclude him from being chosen as any Mock Draft is simply a forecast. In fact, the St, Louis Rams, Alexander’s hometown team, pick next to last in the sixth round and three times in the seventh -- so the Rams choosing him is certainly not out of the question.
If Alexander were to be selected by the Rams, he would be a fan favorite -- provided he earns a guaranteed contract and a place on the team. CBSSports.com currently ranks him the 11th best strong safety on the draft board and a likely seventh rounder or free agent. No matter what, Alexander will get a chance on some NFL team to prove he deserves his second chance to play football.