Danario Alexander, the former Mizzou star receiver, was on the practice field with the Rams for the first time since practices at the Senior Bowl in December. While he showed a little rust, it was a great first step in his return to football.

It was Alexander’s injury that opened the door for a freshmen named Jeremy Maclin to burst on the scene for Missouri. That was suppose to be Alexander. He was to be the star receiver for the Tigers. Well, his time finally came in 2009, when he caught 113 passes for 1,781 yards with 14 touchdowns. It appeared that after three knee surgeries, Alexander was a certain NFL draft pick.

However, after another injury at Senior Bowl practices required a fourth surgery, Alexander went undrafted as he watched the NFL Combine in February on crutches. Now, Alexander is getting his chance with the Rams.

He met with the Rams back in early August and had a visit the next day in Seattle. At the time, GM Billy Devaney said they were impressed with Danario and he was on their radar. What the Rams told Alexander was to continue rehabbing his knee. So, Danario kept working and now three weeks later is back with the Rams and his number one goal is learning a new play book.

This could turn out to be a good signing for Alexander. Obviously, we know his talents in Missouri. There is no doubt he’s got the speed and at 6’5, 215 pounds, he’s got the size (and hands) to be an NFL receiver. This would be a perfect go to guy for Sam Bradford.

Danario Alexander after his first Rams practice (2:10)