2.28 Atlanta Falcons Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana (5-10, 188)
With the 28th pick in the second round of the NFL Draft, the Falcons selected CB Robert Alford from Southeastern Louisiana. The Falcons defense lost both of their starting corners in free agency and had to address this position in the draft. In the first round they selected CB Desmond Trufant out of Washington.
Now with Trufant and Alford, the Falcons are banking on one of them to play opposite likely starter Asante Samuel. And it’s even possible that they both are starting by the end of the year with Samuel coming in on nickel packages only. The Falcons defense plays nickel about 50% of the time and no matter what, both rookies should be seeing plenty of time on the field this season.
Alford does possess fluid cover skills but struggles in run support, an area the Falcons were hoping to improve upon this season. In 2012, the Falcons gave up an average of 123.2 yards per game, good for 21st in the league. So if there is one area of Alford’s game that keeps him from starting right away, it could be this one.
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