New York, NY (Sports Network) - Southeastern Louisiana cornerback Robert
Alford apparently is a prime time player.
Alford was the first FCS player selected in the NFL Draft, taken in the second
round by the Atlanta Falcons with the 60th overall pick Friday night.
Former Falcons great Deion Sanders, "Prime Time" to many, announced the
selection for the team at Radio City Music Hall.
Alford is Southeastern Louisiana's first NFL Draft pick since the Southland
Conference university reinstated football in 2003.
Alford, 5-foot-10, 188 pounds, has sub-4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash
and is physical in coverage. The younger brother of former NFL player Fred
Booker also has potential return ability.
There was concern he would drop lower than the second round after NFL teams
learned at the NFL Combine in February that he has Crohn's disease.
Crohn's occurs primarily when the body's immune system attacks the digestive
tract and causes inflammation in the walls of the large or small intestines.
An episode causes extreme abdominal pain, and there's no telling how long the
attack will last.
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