Draft Quick Hit: Mario Alford

Mario Alford became the second Mountaineer receiver, and fourth player overall, to be drafted in this year's NFL draft when he was picked by the Cincinnati Bengals in the seventh round.

The Bengals chose Alford with the No. 238 overall selection in the draft, giving the Mountaineers the most players taken in an NFL draft since there were four players taken in 2011.

Alford also becomes the third WVU player to be drafted by Cincinnati since 2011, joining Robert Sands (2011) and Will Clarke (2013) and will be in Cincinnati with Clarke and another former WVU player, cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones. The Greenville, Ga., native provided a great big-play spark for the Mountaineers during his two seasons at West Virginia, catching 92 passes for 1,497 yards and 13 touchdowns - including a Big 12-best 11 touchdowns in 2014.

At the next level, Alford should also provide a spark in the return game where he was a first team all-American as a senior with the Mountaineers and returned two kicks for scores.

Cincinnati has a handful of quality receivers on the depth chart, led by A.J. Green and Mohamed Sanu. The Bengals also have Brandon Tate, Denarius Moore and Marvin Jones, among others, who Alford will be competing with for playing time as a receiver. He'll also be battling with Jones and Tate to get an opportunity to make an impact on special teams and return kicks.


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