The Falcons have taken cornerbacks with each of their first two picks. They traded up in the first round on Thursday night to make Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant the No. 22 pick overall. Atlanta sent St. Louis its third-round pick as part of the trade, leaving the Falcons with only one selection on Friday night.
Alford impressed scouts at the Senior Bowl after recording 10 interceptions, including four in the 2012 season, at Southeastern Louisiana. Alford also returned punts and kickoffs in 2012, taking advantage of his 4.39 speed in the 40-yard dash.
Alford’s older brother, Fred Booker, played cornerback for the New Orleans Saints in 2005.