Flowery Branch, GA – The Atlanta Falcons today selected Southeastern Louisiana cornerback Robert Alford (pronounced All-ford) in the second round (60th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Alford, 5-10, 186 pounds, started 31 of 32 games at Southeastern Louisiana, recording 137 tackles (110 solo) with 20 passes defensed, 10 interceptions, six tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. He also fielded nine punts for 104 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown. As a team captain in 2012, Alford was named the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision National Defensive Player of the Year by the College Sports Journal and added FCS All American honors from the NFL Draft Report and the Sports Network after recording 39 tackles, eight passes defensed, four interceptions, and five tackles for loss. He started all 11 games at cornerback for the Lions and added seven punt returns for 99 yards and four kickoff returns for 61 yards.

In 2011, he received second-team All-Southland Conference honors after starting all 11 games and notching 52 tackles (44 solo), seven passes defensed, five interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. His five interceptions tied Billy Ladner (1961), Duriel Adams (2005) and Steve Keller (1969) for eighth on the school’s all-time single-season list.

 Prior to redshirting the 2010 season, Alford started nine of the 10 games he appeared in as a sophomore in 2009. He finished the season with 46 tackles (31 solo), five passes defensed, two fumble recoveries, and one interception. Alford attended Hammond (La.) High School where he earned All-District 7-5A first-team honors after catching 10 touchdown passes as a senior. He also ran track, taking second in 400-meters at the 2007 Louisiana High School Athletic Association Track and Field Championships. His older brother, Fred Booker, was a cornerback at Louisiana State and played in the Arena Football League and NFL Europe before suiting up for 12 games with the New Orleans Saints in 2005.


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