2018 Falcons Player Preview: Robert Alford


Robert Alford had a solid 2017 season and is looking to build on it this upcoming year. He was coming off a 2016 season where he was the #1 corner for the 2nd half of the season with Trufant going down for the season.

In 2017, Alford did a good job covering #2 receivers. He ranked in the top 5 in pass breakups and interceptions among other cornerbacks around the league. He had one interception, which was against the Panthers in the last game of the season.

Many people suggest that Robert isn’t a serviceable cornerback, which is not true. He struggles with penalties a lot, but beside from that, he plays a big role in the Falcons defense. If he was to limit his penalties, the narrative would be completely different. Some would even say last year that he outshined Trufant last season, which isn’t a knock on Tru, but Alford improved from previous seasons.

Alford has the speed and physicality to match up with some good receivers in the league. If he needs to cover the best receiver while Trufant plays the #2, it’s possible. There were times last season where those situations occurred, and Alford did a good job of holding his own.

Malik Brown | @_MalikATL

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