- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Atlanta Falcons didn’t do anything too flashy in the NFL draft. But they certainly addressed their one glaring need.
That was cornerback.
“They attacked that position,’’ ESPN draft guru Todd McShay said in the attached video.
“He was worth trading up for because he has great experience,’’ McShay said. “With two brothers who played in the NFL, he’s a pro’s pro. He knows what it takes. Coming out of Washington, he had to cover some really good wide receivers in that Pac-12 and he’s got the 4.38 speed. I think he’s a plug-and-play starter.’’
McShay also had high praise for Alford.
“A very under-the-radar-type player,’’ McShay said. “He’s got the skill set to come in. At the worst, I think he becomes their nickel corner.’’
McShay also had some words that should excite Atlanta fans.
“You’ve got to believe they’re going to be right there in the hunt for the Super Bowl in 2013,’’ McShay said.