The Falcons, who have signed five of their eight draft picks, are getting close to signing second-round pick Robert Alford, who was selected 60th overall in the NFL draft.
The market for Alford is set. Green Bay signed former Alabama running back Eddie Lacy, the 61st overall pick on May 30.
According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Lacy’s deal with the Green Bay Packers is worth $3.392 million and included an $847,208 signing bonus. Last season’s 61st pick, San Francisco running back LaMichael James was signed for $3.318 million with a signing bonus of $853,744. A total of $1.4 million of the deal was guaranteed.
The 60th pick last season, Baltimore’s Kelechi Osemele, signed a four-year deal worth $3.34 million with an $873,360 signing bonus.
Alford has been on hand at the OTAs and has been splitting time between the first and second units. He’s also been with the group of players catching punts.
Alford is expected to compete for playing time and could land the nickel back position. Because the Falcons play so much nickel, they consider that player a starter.
Alford is 5-foot-10, 185-pounds and super-fast. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds at the NFL scouting combine.
Southeastern Louisiana plays in the Southland Conference. Alford was the first player taken in the draft from an FCS school.