BIOGRAPHY: Four-year starter who was an All-Conference selection as a junior and senior. Finished last season with 32/14.5/8 numbers after 37/11.5/8.5 the prior year.
POSITIVES: Explosive, one-gap defender who plays with great quickness. Fast off the snap, gets leverage on opponents and fires through the gaps. Fights with his hands throughout the action, flashes lower body strength and drives his feet up the field.
NEGATIVES: Lacks bulk and engulfed by large opponents. Easily controlled once engaged in a block.
ANALYSIS: A solid athlete who flashes on the scene, Alford is a penetrating defensive lineman best suited to a system similar to that run by the Chicago Bears.