Washington State Senior
PROS: Gets quickly into his stance, and does a nice job initiating contact with the deender. Has mobility and does a nice job hitting his assignments when blocking on the second level. Can get out in front of screens. Works hard and does a nice job finishing his blocks. Works well out of the shotgun.
CONS: Can get bull rushed and pushed back in pass protection and needs to play with better base. Blocks too high at times, losing leverage and balance. Needs to improve his hand use and can't lock on as a drive blocker. Is not a natural athlete when moving in space and has some trouble adjusting.
OVERVIEW: Works almost exclusively out of the shotgun, so there may have to be some adjustment to a traditional pro offense. An experienced four-year starter that got some work at guard as a freshman.
NFL FORECAST: Alfred has many similar traits as Todd McClure, in that he isn't very big, and isn't a guy that will push the pile, but he's a smart, experienced player that will be able to get the job done for the most part. He fits best in a zone-blocking scheme that likes quicker, more mobile blockers up front. I could see him going to a team like Washington and playing for Mike Shanahan and having success. But he's not a starter for most teams because most teams want more physical players, so he may not get that opportunity to play in his idea scheme. I think he needs to get a little bigger and stronger, but he's never going to be a physical player at his position. He's more a technician than that. I think he can eventually become a capable starter, but it'll depend on him going to the right team/scheme. If he does, then he should have a nice NFL career. If he doesn't, then he'll bounce around for a few summers and be out of the league by his third summer.
ATL FORECAST: Alfred isn't the ideal fit in Atlanta, although he has similar traits as McClure. With work, he could develop into an effective starter in Atlanta, but like McClure would be considered a liability when asked to block on an island, and unable to clear running lanes. He could stick in Atlanta, because the coaches would like his intelligence, but he wouldn't be an upgrade over what they currently have at center.
VALUE: In the right scheme, he's a nice seventh round pick. But for most teams he's not a great fit and is better as an undrafted free agent.
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