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Robert Alford | Defensive Back | #23

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/1/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 186
College: Southeastern Louisiana
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 2 (60) / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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Falcons signed CB Robert Alford to a four-year, $38 million extension.
The deal includes $21 million guaranteed. It's a massive commitment, but Alford has quietly been one of the league's better cover corners the last two years. Alford was scheduled to be a free agent this offseason but the Falcons clearly didn't want to risk losing him. His contract shouldn't prevent Atlanta from locking up Desmond Trufant, who's entering a walk year in 2017. Thu, Dec 8, 2016 09:45:00 AM

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CB Robert Alford exited the Falcons' Week 8 game against the Buccaneers with a groin injury and is questionable to return.

He recorded four tackles before exiting. Alford's injury leaves Atlanta without its top two cornerbacks. Jalen Collins and Phillip Adams will help fill the void.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 03:39:00 PM

Falcons CB Robert Alford struggled with committing penalties last season.

"The only thing that was holding me down last year was the penalties, in my eyes," said Alford. The 26-year-old received four pass interference flags and was called for defensive holding three times in only 10 games. To combat the issue, the Falcons are using game officials at practice. Expect the Falcons to rely heavily on man coverage in coach Dan Quinn's new Cover 3 scheme.
Sun, Aug 2, 2015 10:35:00 AM

Coach Dan Quinn said he believes CB Robert Alford could make the transition to safety.

Alford has been a well below-average corner since entering the league as the No. 60 overall pick in 2013. Last season, he was torched for six TDs and whistled for seven pass-interference penalties. Alford was really raw coming out of SE Louisiana. He's a big-time athlete who isn't afraid to tackle, which could make him a fit back deep. For now, the Falcons are leaving Alford at corner, but could revisit it this summer thanks to a dire safety situation and improved corner depth.
Fri, May 15, 2015 09:16:00 AM

Falcons placed RCB Robert Alford (wrist surgery) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Alford has been sidelined for a month, but the Falcons were holding out hope that he could return. That changed when it was determined he needed surgery. He'll go under the knife on Monday. The No. 60 overall pick of the 2013 draft, Alford struggled as a sophomore, routinely getting burned in coverage. It's not a guarantee he returns as a starter next season, but GM Thomas Dimitroff's roster usually features little competition.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 02:31:00 PM

Falcons RCB Robert Alford (broken wrist) will be sidelined 2-4 weeks.

With the Falcons inexplicably still in the hunt for the NFC South, Alford will avoid injured reserve. The second-year pro has largely struggled opposite LCB Desmond Trufant, but the Falcons can't afford to lose any more bodies on defense. Arguably no roster in the league has less depth than GM Thomas Dimitroff's.
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 02:47:00 PM

A source tells NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that Falcons CB Robert Alford broke his wrist in Sunday's Week 11 win over the Panthers.

Alford, a 2013 second-rounder that had emerged as the Falcons starting RCB, could be done for the season. He was PFF's No. 89 corner among 112 qualifiers so far this season, a part of a Falcons defense that ranks dead last in passing yards allowed.
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 12:36:00 PM

Falcons 2013 second-round pick Robert Alford is expected to be the team's starting left cornerback in 2014.

It's a no-brainer after Alford showed terrific improvement over the course of his rookie year, passing Asante Samuel on the depth chart by season's end. He finished with 40 tackles and two interceptions, making four starts. Atlanta needs lots of help up front, but has its cornerback tandem of the future squared away with Alford on the left side and Desmond Trufant at right corner.
Fri, Feb 28, 2014 04:33:00 PM

SI's Peter King calls second-round CB Robert Alford "one of the fastest risers around the league" through the first week of camp.

King goes as far to say Alford could challenge first-rounder Desmond Trufant for the Falcons' starting right corner job. That would be a surprise considering he's raw coming out of SE Louisiana. Still, it's great news for the Falcons as they try to plug arguably their biggest hole on the roster.
Mon, Aug 5, 2013 09:24:00 AM

Falcons signed second-round CB Robert Alford to a four-year contract.

The 60th pick in the draft, Alford is considered raw coming out of SE Louisiana, but he possesses blinding speed and explosive all-around athleticism. It'll be interesting to see whether he pushes for rookie-year snaps. Currently, the Falcons have penciled in Desmond Trufant and Asante Samuel at outside corner. Robert McClain was a revelation at slot cornerback last season.
Fri, Jun 14, 2013 03:57:00 PM

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-foot-10 1/8, 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 08:29:00 PM

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