By: John Wickham
In the 2nd round of the NFL Draft on Friday, the Atlanta Falcons selected CB Robert Alford of Southeastern Louisiana. He is 5’10” 188 lbs and he ran a 4.39 40 yard dash, bench pressed 225 17 times, and has a vertical leap of 40″. This selection came on the heels of the Falcons trading up in the 1st round of the Draft on Thursday to select CB Desmond Trufant of
Washington.

I think Desmond Trufant is going to probably going to be the #2 CB on the outside, opposite of Asante Samuel. I think Robert McClain is the nickel corner and then Robert Alford is going to fight with the other guys on the roster for the dime corner position. I also believe that Robert Alford has a shot to become the Falcons returner as well, because he is an explosive return man.

I think the Falcons made these moves for two reasons. Get better this season and prepare for next season. I see the Falcons cutting Asante Samuel after this season. The Falcons do a good job of selecting a player a year before they actually have a need so that the player already has a year in the program and gotten stronger and knows the playbook.

I also believe that with these moves John Abraham might be resigned. The Falcons have gotten better in the secondary but the pass rush still has a need. And what better way to solve it then resign a guy that you know can be a double digit sack guy because he actually has done it in the NFL.

There are still rounds 4-7 today and the Falcons could wind up getting a pass rusher but the longer they do without picking one, the better the odds that John Abraham will be back in a Falcons uniform.