Jan 21, 2013; Fairhope AL, USA; Senior Bowl south squad defensive back Robert Alford of Southeastern La. (23) pulls in a pass during Senior Bowl practice at Fairhope municipal stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
Robert Alford–Southeastern Louisiana University(5’10, 186 pounds)
For those of you that keep up with my Twitter timeline or hear me on The NOLA Rundown, I’ve mentioned Alford’s name plenty of times as a slow rising darkhorse. Mainly because I’ve seen his talent live when I attended games at S.L.U.
Starting out as a fourth to fifth round pick, Alford has risen to a third round pick in the past several months for good reason. He’s aggressive without getting out of control, great in coverage, fast(4.43 40 yd dash), and has a closing speed out of this world.
Alford doubled as a wide receiver at S.L.U. which helps him in knowing their traits and also pulled kick return duties. In only 32 games, he ended his college career with 137 tackles, 20 passes broken up, and 10 interceptions. If he’s still there in the third round, the Saints should pull the trigger on him.