Five Falcons Players Primed For A Breakout Season In 2014

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Sep 15, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford (23) rushes St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) during the game at Georgia Dome. The Falcons defeated the Rams 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

CB Robert Alford

2013 second round pick Robert Alford is a young defensive back that many Falcons fans were more excited for than Desmond Trufant.  We all know that Trufant vastly outperformed Alford last season, but luckily for Robert (and us fans), he possesses similar passion and athleticism as Desmond.

Alford plays a different game than Trufant, as he is a ballhawk and likes to gamble on passes.  This can be a ridiculously high-reward play style with a new defensive scheme that will hopefully provide some pressure for Atlanta’s young secondary.  I can’t see Alford outplaying Trufant in 2014, but I do see a player who will dramatically improve his play with some quality play in the trenches.