Anthony Allen may have helped himself at the NFL Combine.
Allen, was among the top performers in all seven of the physical competitions, topped by having the highest vertical jump (41.5 inches).
He was third in the 20-yard shuttle (4.06 seconds), fifth in the three-cone drill (6.79 seconds), sixth in the 60-yard shuttle (11.46 seconds) and broad jump (10 feet) and seventh in the bench (225 pounds 24 times). Thirty-nine running backs attended the Combine.
On his first attempt, he ran the all-important 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds. However, he wasn’t included among the top-15 performers in the category later listed on nflnetwork.com. The analysts said they were impressed with his time, saying he moved well for a big man. He’s listed on combine site as weighing 228 pounds.
The question mark about Allen is how will he fare in a more traditional offense than the option offense Tech runs. Allen rushed 1,843 yards and 12 touchdowns in two seasons at Tech. He also rushed for 1,102 yards in his first two collegiate seasons in a spread offense at Louisville.
He was projected as a mid- to late-round selection in NFL Draft. It’ll be interesting to see if his performance in Indianapolis improves his stock.
Two more Tech players — cornerback Mario Butler and safety Jerrard Tarrant — will begin their combine experience Monday.
– Doug Roberson, AJC