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Robert Alford, CB

School: Southeastern Louisiana  |  Conference: LAND
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Hammond, LA
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 188 lbs.
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.342.511.5517 4011'0"4.236.89
Workout Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Passes the eye test with adequate height, build and very good arm length (31.5") for the position. Nice job sidestepping blocks and closing in run support. Agile footwork and smooth transitional quickness with the hips and balance to stay under control in his movements. Aggressive and competitive, doesn't back down from a challenge.

Disciplined eye use to undercut routes or track the deep ball, going up to get it. Plays with a fearless attitude. Older brother, Fred Booker, played for a season in the NFL. Good production and led the conference with four interceptions as a senior.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks elite strength for the position and can be out-muscled by bigger receivers. Needs to stay under control and break down better on the move. Room to improve his body position downfield and hand use to play tight, penalty-free coverage. Level of competition is a concern with all of his experience coming against FCS-level talent. Missed the 2010 season with a shoulder injury and durability is a slight concern with his physical style of play.

Player Overview

Alford was a high school wide receiver who also ran track, and followed in his brother Duke Adams' footsteps in deciding to play football for the Lions. Another brother, Fred Booker, played for LSU and later for the New Orleans Saints.

After missing the 2008 season, Alford started nine of 10 games at cornerback the following year. He was second on the team with five pass breakups and finished with 46 tackles.

He was granted a medical redshirt due to injury in 2010, and returned the following season to start 11 games and earn All-Southland second-team honors while picking off five passes and breaking up seven more.

Alford became a first-team all-conference player in 2012 and was named to the Buck Buchanan Award List. He finished the season with 39 tackles and a team-high four interceptions, giving him 10 for his career.

Alford became just the second Southeastern Louisiana player invited to the Senior Bowl, and the first since Ronnine Hornsby scored the South's lone touchdown on an interception return in 1970. Alford aims to become the Lions' first NFL Draft pick since the school resumed the program in 2003.

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04/25/2013 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 46. CB Robert Alford, Southeastern Louisiana (5-10, 186, 5SR)...Alford needs to develop his strength and technique in the NFL. But, if healthy, he has the fluid movement skills to hold up in man coverage at the next level. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

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