Indianapolis, In. - Robert Alford strolls around the NFL Combine just like any big time college football player but he's not from a power conference, nor did he ever get a chance to play a bowl game.
The cornerback honed his skills at Southeastern, away from the football bright lights. Hammond isn't on the pigskin map but Alford is trying to change that.
"Once I stepped foot in Southeastern, I had that big knot up on me, everybody said I was at a small school, then I had doubters in my ear telling me I wasn't going to make it because I was at Southeastern, so just to be able to prove those doubters wrong and be able to prove myself to the head coaches and the General Managers, I think that would be a big thing for me.
The Senior Bowl in Mobile was Alford's coming out party. He had a 90 yard kickoff return and an interception which opened eyes and showed that he had skills on both sides of the ball. "I always said that I belong there, so just to be able to prove myself to the coaches that I belong there, I think it was good. It wasn't a big shock to myself because I always felt confident that I could do that."
Alford says he models his game after a player who played his college football just 45 minutes away "I like Patrick Peterson, being versatile he can play kickoff, punt return, and he can play nickel. I mean that's something that I played in college, I even played on the offensive side my senior year, this past year. So I mean being versatile like Patrick Peterson, that's somebody that I like to model my game after."