BOISE, Idaho Gerald Alexander became just the fourth player in Boise State University history to be selected in the second round of the NFL draft when the Detroit Lions made him the 61st pick of the 2007 draft.
A safety from Rancho Cucamonga, California, Alexander joins former Broncos Markus Koch, David Hughes and Daryn Colledge as second round draft choices from Boise State. Koch was selected by the Washington Redskins in 1986, Hughes by the Seattle Seahawks in 1981 and Colledge by the Green Bay Packers in last year’s (2006) draft.
Alexander was a three year starter at cornerback and safety completing his career with 161 total tackles, 117 unassisted. He also made 8.5 career tackles for loss, nine interceptions and broke up 27 passes.
He completed his Bronco career on January 1, 2007, when he made five tackles and interception one pass for 25 yards in Boise State’s 43-42 overtime win over the University of Oklahoma in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
Alexander is the third player in Boise State history to be selected by Detroit. Defensive back Jim Meeks was a 17th round pick of the Lions in 1976, and quarterback Jim McMillan was a 14th round selection in 1975.