2013 Atlanta Falcons NFL Draft Review and Analysis

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May 4, 2013; Flowery Branch, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford (23) participates in drills on the field at Falcons Rookie Camp. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

2. Second round, 60th overall: Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana

This is the most talented small-school prospect in the draft who was gaining so much steam going into the draft, that there were some analysts who thought he might be able to sneak into the first round. Alford has great ball skills and speed, and was named the FCS Defensive Player of the Year last year. He is the first player drafted from Southeastern Louisiana since the team resumed playing football back in 2003, and I think the Falcons got a guy who can contend for a starting job in a year or two. He could stand to add some bulk to his frame, but this is a quick, instinctive corner who can hit you, and he plays the ball better than a lot of guys in this draft class. I think this is a very good pickup for a team in need of some help at CB.

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