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April 22, 2010

Alexander looking for chance to prove himself

The NFL Draft begins on Thursday night. While former Tiger Sean Weatherspoon is almost certain to be a first-round pick, the possibilities are much more varied for wide receiver Danario Alexander. PowerMizzou.com talked to Alexander about his health and his hopes for the draft

PowerMizzou: Easiest question first. Do you have any idea what to expect this weekend?

Alexander: "I'm not really sure right now. I'm just taking it all in, hearing from my agent what different teams are interested. But I really don't know what to expect."

PM: Can you get an idea of a few teams that are more interested and might pick you?

DA: "I'm not sure about that. There's a few teams, Carolina maybe Denver, a few different teams. I can't really say because I'm not really sure. I'm just hoping for that moment to hear my name called."

PM: If you could choose where you land, is there a team that you'd really like to go to?

DA: "I can't really say that. I grew up a Cowboys fan from day one, but I'm not really sure how it will work out."

PM: Coming off the season you had last year, I think everyone expected you to go in the first two or three rounds. With the injury, how tough has it been to deal with the fallout?

DA: "It has been tough but I've been keeping a positive mindset. Obviously, I wanted to be able to show the scouts how fast I can run and be able to work out for them. Having to sit and watch is tough, but just trying to get healthy."

PM: How is the knee doing?

DA: "Pretty good. It's coming along as scheduled. I should be ready for July."

PM: Do you feel pretty good about having your name called at some point in the draft or is being a free agent something you think you might have to be ready for?

DA: "I kind of feel pretty good about my name being called, but if free agent is what I have to do, then I'll be ready for that."

PM: We hear over and over about the troubles of a guy going from a spread offense to the pros. What are the things you have had to work on since you finished your college career?

DA: "Just running the whole route. At Mizzou, we were kind of restricted to certain routes and all that. Basically, that's what I worked on when I was training and getting ready."

PM: What are your plans for this weekend? Will you watch with your family or do something to take your mind off of it?

DA: "I think I'm gonna get my mind off it. I'll be with my family for sure, but don't know if I'm going to sit and watch the whole draft or anything.

PM: You had a chance to be with a bunch of former players this weekend at the spring game I know. How much do you plan to stay in touch with what's going on at Mizzou?

"I'm gonna stay in touch, for sure. Kevin Rutland is my roommate, and I'll keep in touch with him and see how everything's going. Hopefully I'll get to see a couple games during bye weeks and get back as much as I can."

PM: Spoon told me he's expecting to go in the first round. You going to be watching on Thursday night to see where he ends up?

DA: "Oh, no doubt, I definitely have to watch that."

PM: How much would you like to be able to end up in the same place as Sean?

DA: "Me and Spoon became best friends at Mizzou. Being able to live in the same city and play together again, that would be a dream come true."

The NFL Draft begins at 6:30 Central time on ESPN Thursday night. Alexander is forecast to go anywhere from the third round to an undrafted free agent.

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