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Robert Alford | Cornerback

Team: SE Louisiana Lions
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 185

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Falcons selected Southeastern Louisiana CB Robert Alford with the No. 60 overall pick.
The Falcons continue to fortify their secondary after using the No. 21 overall pick on Washington CB Desmond Trufant. Alford (5-10, 188) intercepted ten career passes for the Lions, including four as a senior. He ran 4.39 at the Combine and showed stellar all-around athleticism with a 40-inch vertical and 11-foot broad jump. The small-schooler offers starting-caliber tools, but SE Louisiana defensive coordinator Pete Golding has called Alford "a long way away mentally" from an NFL impact. Fri, Apr 26, 2013 08:30:00 PM

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Date:'s Daniel Jeremiah writes SE Louisiana CB Robert Alford could surprisingly go in the first-round.

Jeremiah also listed Mississippi State cornerback Darius Slay as a possible surprise first-round selection, too. It's a curious proposition but apparently teams have been heating up on Alford's ability. It should be noted that his former defensive coordinator said he is a "long way away mentally" as a player, though.
Mon, Apr 22, 2013 03:26:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is hearing a "ton of buzz" around SE Louisiana CB Robert Alford.

"Raw, sick athlete," Rapoport tweeted and went on to note that the corner has 8-10 visits scheduled and might be a first- or second-round selection. We've loved Alford's tools, specifically his closing speed, but the small school cover man's former defensive coordinator noted he is a "long way away mentally."
Mon, Apr 1, 2013 03:27:00 PM

Teams at SE Louisiana CB Robert Alford's pro day say the corner is a top 42 pick, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

"Almost" 15 teams were in attendance even though Alford did not run the forty. The small school corner did not look out of place at the Senior Bowl and displays excellent closing speed, but his college position coach previously warned that Alford might not be mentally ready for the NFL game. That is worrisome.
Tue, Mar 26, 2013 03:04:00 PM

Southeastern Louisiana CB Robert Alford ran an unofficial 4.41 forty at the NFL Combine.

His 10 yard split clocked in at 1.53 seconds. Alford is a small schooler with blazing speed to close on the outside. However, questions have been raised about the mental side of the game and Alford's admission that he suffers from Crohn's disease. We still think he fits in the second- or third-round range.
Tue, Feb 26, 2013 10:46:00 AM

Southeastern Louisiana defensive coordinator Pete Golding says CB Robert Alford is a "long way away mentally".

"He didn’t understand formations, split receivers and the routes that come off of them, coverages, he was like a freshman in that aspect of it," Golding said. "But he realized ‘this is the last shot I got.’ And on his days off, he’d come in here and we’d watch film together. He became a student of the game, which helped him tremendously. He still has a lot of work to do, but I think he realizes it now." Author Tyler Dunne notes Seattle, Cincinnati and Baltimore have shown interest.
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 08:15:00 PM

Southeastern Louisiana senior Robert Alford may be this year's sleeper CB, according to SI's Tony Pauline.

Alford, a Senior Bowl invite, may even hear his name called in the top-45 picks, per Pauline. Two small school cornerbacks participated in the Senior Bowl last season, Janoris Jenkins and Furman's Ryan Steed, and if Pauline is correct Alford could wind up being drafted around the same pick as Jenkins (39th).
Wed, Nov 28, 2012 04:15:00 PM

Southeastern Louisiana CB Robert Alford has accepted an invitation to attend the 2013 Senior Bowl.

Alford will likely be one of the few non-FBS prospects attending. Last season, the two small school cornerbacks that participated in the Senior Bowl were Janoris Jenkins and Furman's Ryan Steed. Alford's week may be more critical than others due to the step up in talent.
Wed, Nov 21, 2012 12:25:00 PM