Falcons take Alford with second selectionThe Falcons took Southeastern Louisiana cornerback Robert Alford with their second round pick, the 60th overall selection. Alford is a fairly raw corner that is still developing the mental aspects of the game according to his former coaches. But his athletic upside attracted the Falcons, possibly as well as his return skills. Alford was one of the stars of the Combine, ranking among the best with his 40 time (4.39 seconds), bench press (17 reps), vertical jump (40 inches), and broad jump (11 feet). He stands 5-11, 188, and shined in the 400-meters during his high school career.
Alford will be a 25-year old rookie this year for the Falcons. He first played as a sophomore in 2009, started 9 of 10 games that year with 46 tackles, 1 interception, 6 pass breakups, and 2 fumble recoveries. He missed the following season with a shoulder injury, and got a medical redshirt. He came back in 2011 as a junior to earn 2nd team All-Southland Conference honors with 52 tackles, 5 interceptions, 2 breakups, a forced fumble and a recovery. As a senior, he had 39 tackles, 5 for loss, 4 interceptions, and 8 breakups to earn first team All-conference honors. During his career, he returned 9 punts for 104 yards (11.6 avg) with a 75-yard touchdown as a senior. He also had 4 career kickoffs for an average of 15.3 yards, all of which came as a senior.
Alford’s older brother, cornerback Fred Booker played briefly with the New Orleans Saints in 2005. He joins first round pick Desmond Trufant as the second Falcons pick with NFL bloodlines. He was recently diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, which has afflicted past NFL players like Matt Light and David Garrard. Likely the second day of the draft is done for the Falcons, as they parted with their third round pick to move up to get Trufant.