They met at the Senior Bowl, but it was off the field, not during this play when they found themselves going head-to-head.
“We built camaraderie at the Senior Bowl and we’re staying together right now so we’ve been linked up," Alford said Saturday. "We’re here to compete for the Falcons, do what we’ve been doing and do what we can to help this team get to the Super Bowl.”
Trufant had a similar story on Alford when he stood in front of the media. He said the two are learning together in the process and it’s a cool experience to go through it with someone he knows and shares a position with.
Many Falcons fans imagine a day when their defense is led by two lock-down corners taking away two portions of the field, the kind of roles Trufant and Alford can potentially fill in Atlanta, but for now, one day into their first rookie minicamp, they'll settle for the smallest learning curve possible.
Both players want to begin their careers in Atlanta on the field, playing meaningful snaps for the NFC South champs, but they know competition is strong. Already on the roster for the Falcons are
One of the ways to impress at corner and win a job will be showing they can handle playing tall and physical receivers in the NFL. The Falcons offer a great lesson in that for Trufant and Alford since they field two of the league's best in
“You’re’ going against the best in the world," Trufant said. "We’ve got two of the best here on our team. I’m looking forward to going against the best receivers. I’m a competitor and I just want to compete against the best."