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I've heard a whole lot about Armstead lately. Mayock and Billick were drooling over him on that mock draft show. I have no clue about Alford.

7. Robert Alford 5-10¼ 188 Southeastern Louisiana (S. 4.40) R. 8.5

Background:

High School

–Alford was an all-district selection as a senior at Hammond HS in Louisiana after hauling in 10 touchdown passes.

He also competed in track at the prep level and he finished second in the state as a senior in the 400 meters.

Freshman – Alford didn’t play as

a true freshman with the Lions in 2008.

Sophomore – Alford played in 10 games in 2009, starting 10 times, and he tallied 46 tackles, an

interception, and five pass breakups. He had a season-high 12 tackles against Stephen F. Austin, and he had his interception against Union

College.

4th Year Junior – Alford missed the 2010 season as a medical redshirt, but returned to the Lions in 2011 and started all 11 games. He

intercepted five passes as a junior, broke up seven others, and had 52 total tackles. He had six stops each vs. Tulane and Nicholls State,

intercepting a pass in the Nicholls State game; he was credited with eight tackles against both McNeese State and Texas State; and he had an

interception return for a touchdown and a fumble recovery vs. Central Arkansas.

Senior – This past season, Alford was an FCS All-American

and the National Defensive Player of the Year after posting 39 tackles, five tackles for loss, four interceptions, eight pass breakups, four

receptions on offense for 52 yards, and a punt return for a touchdown. He broke up three passes and had four tackles, including one for loss,

vs. South Dakota State; he was in on seven stops and had a pick in the McNeese State game; he returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown

against Lamar; he had an INT, a pass deflection, and three tackles (1 TFL) vs. Northwestern State; and he had five tackles and a pick against

Stephen F. Austin.

Analysis: Alford will be a 25-year old rookie this fall, but he brings a versatile package of skills to the table. After being

injured early in his career, he had most of his quality impact performances over the past two seasons, and he capped a strong end to his career

with a very good week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile. Teams stayed away from Alford, so he didn’t get a ton of opportunities during his time at

Southeastern Louisiana, but when he matched up against top wideouts in Mobile, he proved to be one of the best cornerbacks on the field,

showing that a I-AA defensive back can play with the big boys. He can flip his hips, turn and run with the nations elite wide-outs, while

displaying very good anticipation and overall awareness. Alford is a player on the rise who elevated his grade with a strong close to his career

and nice week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile. Solid day 2 pick - *Combine Note: Ran a 4.39, did 17 reps, and had a 40” vertical jump.

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