Source: SE La. CB Alford to visit Bears

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears are expected to host former Southeast Louisiana cornerback Robert Alford on a pre-draft visit this week, according to a league source.

Alford is projected to be a third-round draft choice.

Alford finished his career at Southeast Louisiana with 10 interceptions and earned an invite to the 2013 Senior Bowl, the first player from the school to play in the game since 1970. The 5-foot-10, 188-pound Alford ran a 4.34 40-yard dash at the NFL combine and worked out for numerous NFL scouts and coaches at the Southeast Louisiana Pro Day on March 29.

Alford was also a talented return man on the collegiate level.

Although the Bears re-signed veteran cornerbacks Kelvin Hayden and Zack Bowman in free agency, the team is expected to consider addressing the position in the draft. Pro Bowl starters Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings are entering the final year of their contracts, while the club allowed former starting nickel back D.J. Moore to sign with the Carolina Panthers in free agency.

The Bears selected a pair of cornerbacks, Isaiah Frey and Greg McCoy, in the late rounds in last year’s draft but neither player stuck on the 53-man roster.

ESPNChicago.com reported last month the Bears traveled to the University of Miami to put former Hurricanes cornerback Brandon McGee through a private workout.