Robert Alford WR Southeastern Louisiana #13
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Size/Athleticism: Elite speed. Experience returning kicks and punts.
Coverage: Speed and athleticism allows him to matchup with just about any receiver, but his technique is very shaky. He relies too much on his speed and takes a ton of false steps. There’s a lot of wasted movement when he tries to stay with receiver in man coverage. Limited experience in zone coverage, but he does show strong awareness and recognition skills in zone.
Ball skills: Does a poor job putting himself in position to play the ball. He’s a great athlete, but he just doesn’t have the disciplined technique to consistently be in position when the ball comes his direction. Even when he’s right there with the receiver, it’s not difficult more technically sound receivers to position themselves to shield him from the ball.
Run support: Willing to step up against the run and he’ll lower his shoulder and deliver some hits. However, he’s overly aggressive and takes a lot of poor angles. He overcommits to a direction and athletic running backs have little trouble eluding him in the open field.
Intangibles: Older brother Fred Booker played briefly in the NFL. Forced to sit out the 2008 season to due eligibility issues.
Durability: Missed entire 2010 season due to neck stingers.
Comments: Alford is a physically gifted corner, but he is extremely raw and has limited experience against top competition. He tends to play like he’s in the backyard because was so much more athletic than most of the receivers he was matched up against in college. In the NFL, however, he will need to refine his technique before he’s ready to stay with NFL receivers who can match his athleticism and fool him with their route running.