About our new gaurd--Darnell Alford
Darnell Alford # 72
Years Experience: 4
Birthdate: June 11, 1977
Hometown: Newark, N.J.
College: Boston College
Current status: Practice Squad
Games Started: 0
Games Played: 5
GO: Pro Career 2002, 2001, 2000 | College Bio | Personal Bio
Pro Career: Veteran offensive lineman embarking on his fifth training camp with the Chiefs ... Expected to compete for a reserve role at guard in 2004 ... Former offensive tackle originally joined the club as a sixth-round draft choice in 2000, seeing duty primarily at the right tackle post during his first two seasons with the club ... Has spent portions of the past four years on Kansas City’s active roster and practice squad ... Was a member of the Chiefs practice unit for all of the 2003 season ... Returned to Kansas City for the final three games of 2002 after enjoying stints on the 53-man rosters of Dallas and the N.Y. Jets, in addition to a brief stay on Green Bay’s practice squad earlier that season ... Spent the spring of 2002 learning the finer points of the game with the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe ... Has seen duty in a total of five regular season NFL contests, owning three appearances with Kansas City and two with the N.Y. Jets.
Transactions: Signed a one-year contract with Kansas City (2/12/04) ... Added to Kansas City’s practice squad (9/1/03) ... Released by Kansas City (8/31/03) ... Signed a one-year contract with Kansas City (12/12/02) ... Released by Dallas (12/11/02) ... Claimed off waivers by Dallas from the N.Y. Jets (11/19/02) ... Signed by the N.Y. Jets (9/9/02) from Green Bay’s practice squad ... Added to Green Bay’s practice squad (9/4/02) ... Released by Kansas City (9/1/02) ... Entered the NFL as the Chiefs sixth-round selection (188th overall) in the 2000 draft.
Games Played/Games Started: 2000 KC (1/0), 2001 KC (2/0), 2002 NYJ (2/0), 2002 DAL (0/0), 2002 KC (0/0) — 5/0.
2002: Kansas City: Attended training camp with Kansas City, but was released on September 1st ... Rejoined the Chiefs on December 12th and was inactive for the final three games.
Dallas: Was claimed off waivers from the N.Y. Jets on November 19th ... Was inactive for three games and was released on December 11th.
N.Y. Jets: Played in two games and was inactive for seven contests ... Signed to the N.Y. Jets 53-man roster on September 9th from the Packers practice squad ... Saw reserve action at Jacksonville (9/29) and vs. Kansas City (10/6).
NFL Europe: Started nine games at right tackle for the Berlin Thunder, missing one game with a knee injury ... A member of the Berlin squad that advanced to the World Bowl and posted a 26-20 victory vs. the Rhein Fire (6/22).
2001: Kansas City (2000-01): Played in three games in his first stint with the Chiefs.
2001: Saw duty in two games ... Was inactive for the season’s first nine games before playing on the placement protection team vs. Seattle (11/25) and vs. Philadelphia (11/29) ... Was inactive for the club’s final five games.
2000: Was active for four games, playing in one contest ... Was active at Tennessee (9/3), but did not play ... Took one snap at left guard in place of an injured Jeff Blackshear vs. Carolina (12/10) ... Was active vs. Denver (12/17) and at Atlanta (12/24), but did not play.
College bio: Started 31 of 33 career games during his three seasons at Boston College ... Started all 11 games at right tackle in ’99 and earned first-team All-Big East Conference accolades ... Returned to the roster in ’98 after a one-year absence ... Started the first nine games at left tackle as he totaled 40 knockdowns ... Sat out the ’97 season for personal reasons ... Started all 11 games at right tackle in ’96 ... Redshirted as a true freshman in ’95 ... Graduated from Boston College with a degree in Human Development Learning in 2003.
• Earned All-Virginia, all-region, all-district and all-area accolades as a senior at Chancellor High School in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
• Captured all-district basketball honors after leading his team in scoring and rebounding.
• Also lettered in track, setting a school record in the shot put with a toss of 53’ 6”.
• Full name: Darnell LaShawn Alford.
• Married, wife Kathy with a son Elijah-Sekai, born in April of 2004.
• The Alfords reside in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
OL | (6-4, 335, 5.5) | Boston College
by Pro Football Weekly
Drafted by: Kansas City, Pick 22, Round 6 , Overall 188
Notes: Played football and basketball and was a shot putter on the track team in high school. Redshirted in 1995 and then moved into the starting lineup in '96. Sat out the '97 season due to personal reasons. Came back to start the first nine games of the '98 season. Team's best offensive lineman, and perhaps the best offensive lineman in the Big East Conference, in '99.
Positives: A huge man who is light on his feet and can bend his knees. Has good balance and body control. Is quite athletic for a man his size. Generally keeps his man from getting to the player who has the ball.
Negatives: Is too heavy and not in the best of shape. Wears down in games. Once he tires, he gets lazy about bending his knees. At times is late coming off the ball. Is not a real finisher or mean, tough-guy type. You will rarely see this player go for the throat. Plays on the right side in college and may not be quick enough for left tackle. Tends to leave too much air between himself and the defender. Has had some recovery problems and concentration lapses.
Summary: Was a very good tackle in college but was still something of an underachiever. Needs to get into better shape and really toughen up if he is to realize his potential. Could have been a first-round pick if he did all he could to be the best he could be in college. Now scouts must wonder if he will pay the price to be the best he can be, or will he be content if he just makes an NFL team?