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Is Robert Alford the Right Choice for the Atlanta Falcons?

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“Who?”

That response was not uncommon among fans after the Atlanta Falcons announced Southeastern Louisiana’s Robert Alford as their 60th overall pick in the NFL Draft.

At 5’10” and 188 pounds, Alford isn’t one of the biggest guys on (or off) the bench…and that’s probably why a lot of the bigger-name colleges passed him over. However, his accomplishments speak for themselves. As with many other football stars, he was a track star in his days at Hammond High School; he finished second in the 400-meter dash in the 2007 LHSAA Track and Field Championships. As a sophomore, he was chosen as Rookie of the Year. In his senior year, he caught 10 touchdown passes and was selected to First-Team All-District 7-5A at wide receiver.

In 2009, he played for Southeastern Louisiana’s team in the cornerback position and logged an impressive 46 tackles that season. He was granted medical redshirt for 2010 after being sidelined by injury, but was back and better than ever with a banner year in 2011. That season saw him record 52 tackles and five interceptions; he garnered Second-Team All-Southland Conference for his efforts. As a senior in 2012, he totaled 39 tackles and four interceptions. In game five of that year, Alford returned a punt and ran 75 yards for a touchdown against Lamar. This time around, he was a First-Team All-Southland Conference selection and was invited to play in the 2013 Senior Bowl.

Did the Falcons make a mistake by making this choice?

Absolutely not. Alford is the first Southeastern Louisiana player to be drafted since 1984, and that doesn’t happen by chance alone. He was an excellent pick and, especially under the tutelage of the likes of Asante Samuel, he will be a proven commodity in the near future.

The very near future, at that.

 

Leigh Allen is an NFL Atlanta Falcons writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter, on Facebook, and on Google+.