Gets sloppy with his upper body, pumps his arms in an effort to generate more explosion toward the corner and doesn't deliver much of a punch on contact. But does a nice job working his legs through contact once he gets his hands on pass rushers and driving his target past the pocket. Also, does a nice job dropping his base and hips down at the point and anchors with above-average leverage/strength.
Displays some natural power as an in-line run blocker, getting his hands quickly inside the frame of defenders, pumping his legs and can drive opposing linemen off the football. However, isn't overly explosive off the snap and tends to lose balance through contact. Struggles to keep his legs under him and will fall off blocks rather easily at times.
Impression: Displays decent natural power and has the ability to anchor with some consistency on contact, but will need to make the move to guard at the next level to have a chance. A developmental, free agent type prospect."
Positive: Wide-bodied college tackle who projects as a guard in the NFL. Patient in pass protection, fights hard throughout the action, and uses his hands well. Slows defenders at the point of attack, stays square, and seals opponents from the action. Blocks with good lean and rarely gives up an inch of movement. Easily steers defenders from their angle of attack once he gets his hands on them.
Negative: Displays solid footwork yet lacks great lateral blocking range off the edge. Struggles to adjust.
Analysis: Alford has been a productive college lineman whose game was on the upswing prior to his senior season. He's fallen down draft boards yet is a legitimate prospect who could make it as an inexpensive utility lineman if he gets his game back on track."