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2015 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Mario Alford

Mario Alford Player Profile

April 15, 2015

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Mario Alford

School: West Virginia Mountaineers

2015 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Mario Alford

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Height: 5’8”

Weight: 180

Position: Wide Receiver

Career Stats: 92 receptions, 1,497 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.

Strengths: Mario Alford has elite top end speed, making him a threat every time he touches the football. Alford can take the top off a defense and puts a ton of pressure on corners who are afraid to get beat deep. Alford does a nice job of catching the ball away from his body and is pretty good at tracking the football in the air. Alford plays more physical than you would expect from a receiver of his size. Alford is a smart receiver who does his best to help his quarterback when in trouble. Mario Alford has a strong work ethic and is quite durable for his small frame. No character issues that I know of. Alford spent some time on special teams and could see a similar role at the next level.

Weaknesses: Mario Alford isn’t the biggest receiver in the world and could struggle against physical corners. Alford didn’t prove he’s a consistent blocker. Alford could also improve his route running. Mario Alford was somewhat of a one-year wonder at WVU and took advantage of single coverage due to playing with Kevin White.

Projection: Mario Alford is a home run hitter who probably would be getting more shine if White wasn’t his teammate. Every offense needs playmakers, and that’s exactly what Alford is. There’s certainly a place for Alford in the league, which is why I’d take him starting in the mid third round range.

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