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
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.