Allen headed to Baltimore

He was taken in the seventh round, but former Tech B-back Anthony Allen is going into a pretty good situation in Baltimore. Ray Rice has the starting job, but Allen has a chance to be the backup.

Backup Willis McGahee has a $6 million base salary for 2011, which is a bit more than any team wants to be paying a backup running back. His agent has reportedly said he won’t take a pay cut, which is kind of forcing the Ravens’ hand. A Baltimore Sun report indicated the decision has already been made.

If McGahee is out of the picture, then that, at least at present, leaves Allen to compete with three other running backs. Combined, they have 11 NFL carries. It’s certainly possible the Ravens could cut McGahee and bring him back or they could find a backup for Rice in the free agency market, whenever the lockout ends. And it also bears mention that, as a seventh-round pick, Allen isn’t exactly a huge investment for the Ravens. But, they do like him (a couple quotes below) and he will get his chance.

Probably way more than you wanted to know about Anthony Allen’s chances to make the Ravens. From Ravens headquarters:

GM Ozzie Newsome: “We think there’s some upside there being that he played in a wishbone [system]. Running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery made the statement to us last week when we were in meetings that if we backed this guy up six or seven yards from the ball, then he thinks he could add a lot to us as a running back.”

Player personnel and college scouting director Joe Hortiz:

“Obviously, at Georgia Tech, they run the triple option, and he’s either running the ball or getting hit on a fake. So, he’s tough. But when you go back and look at his career, and at Louisville, and you watch the combine tape, I think at the combine he really showed the ability to catch the ball away from his frame. Not all the quarterbacks out there were throwing it on the money, and he could track it on the downfield routes. He catches the ball well. He’s a tough kid; he will block when he does those fakes, so he’s pretty versatile in that sense – square up and when they give him the belly and they’re throwing. They don’t throw to him there, but he’ll square up and take on d-tackles until they come off blocks.”

A couple other notes: I have to say that going undrafted would have to be a pretty agonizing way to spend two or three days. Particularly if you’re in the shoes of someone like Jerrard Tarrant or Mario Butler, who had an idea they might get drafted, but had no idea where or when. You’re so excited to find out where you’re going – a level of anticipation that is exceeded in life maybe only by a wedding or the birth of a child – but you don’t know when (or if) it will happen over the course of two days (if you don’t count the first round), so you’re just sitting there, waiting for the phone to ring, and then, after a good six or seven hours on Saturday where literally at any moment an NFL head coach might be calling to tell you his team is going to pick you, you finally realize a dream you’ve worked most of your life towards isn’t going to happen, at least not in the way you envisioned.

“It was quite different and long, one of the longer days of my life,” Butler said, “where you’re sitting and waiting and waiting and waiting and nothing happens.”

Butler, you’ll be happy to know, is looking up.

“I’ve just got to stay positive about everything,” he said. “That’s the way I’m looking at it, as long as I get an opportunity to showcase myself.”

2. There were 35 ACC players taken in the draft, second most. I’ll let you guess who was first. Every school except Duke and Wake Forest had players picked. The breakdown: North Carolina 9, Miami 8, Clemson 6, Florida State 3, Virginia Tech 3, Maryland 2, Boston College, Georgia Tech, N.C. State tied with 1.

Number of picks from Tech’s year-by-year for the last 10:

2010 – 4

2009 – 4

2008 – 3

2007 – 2

2006 – 3

2005 – 0

2004 – 5

2003 – 0 (not counting Tony Hollings, taken in supplemental draft)

2002 – 2

2001 – 0

115 comments Add your comment

Jacket Man

April 30th, 2011
11:05 pm

Congratulations to Anthony for the call, and to the other Jackets who will be getting the free agent calls once the lock out is over (you know who I’m talking to…).

Before the trolls start, let me just say that it’s a testament to the Yellow Jackets that they played competitively against teams that placed so many players into the NFL draft as compared to GA Tech this past season. This just shows what heart, playing like a team, and good coaching can do.

Tech Fan Since 1950

April 30th, 2011
11:06 pm

Ken, you are off to a great start covering Georgia Tech. We appreciate your efforts!

jocotrojan

April 30th, 2011
11:09 pm

wish Brad would of gotten drafted… oh well. im sure he can find a job in FA when the lockout ends… what a kid. proud 2 say both of us are from Wrightsville!!!!! even though im a uga fan, im proud of Brad for what he did at tech.

will

April 30th, 2011
11:26 pm

Whatever happened to Doug Robertson?

D A DoubleU G

April 30th, 2011
11:38 pm

Congrats Allen.

I mean it. Good luck in your career.

You are obviously a great RB (see this year’s UGA game), but can just one of the Tech supporters on this fine blog agree that the triple option moved him from a 2nd rounder to a late 7th, and that this will likely influence future recruits with NFL aspirations on choosing Tech??

Hope you all enjoyed the beautiful day enjoy the rest of your weekend.

GT87

April 30th, 2011
11:39 pm

Congrats AA!

lucky21

May 1st, 2011
12:03 am

Allens place in the draft si due to two factors one is techs record its hard to go high in the draft when your team goes 6-7 and secondly /dwyers subpar performance at the combines and prodays last year which gave scouts an unfair point of view of Allen but I’m sure his talent will get on the field and his blocking ability and his toughness

Bryce Barnes

May 1st, 2011
12:14 am

Shaun Chapas, UGAs VERY seldomly used FB, was drafted as a RB by the Dallas Cowboys AHEAD of Georgia Tech’s main weapon and star RB Anthony Allen.

Good luck to both is these kids, but this truly speaks volumes about the NFL’s view on the Triple O. I think it’s safe to say many a rising High School Sr. Ruinningbacks were taking notes the last 3 days……

Good luck to Tech, however.

sports

May 1st, 2011
12:14 am

$7,000,300.00…unbelievable

GTBob

May 1st, 2011
12:29 am

Shaun Chapas, UGAs VERY seldomly used FB, was drafted as a RB by the Dallas Cowboys AHEAD of Georgia Tech’s main weapon and star RB Anthony Allen.

Amazing that someone can directly compare a fullback to a running back without knowing the difference.

Rodney Dangerfield

May 1st, 2011
12:38 am

Shaun Chapas is a fullback. There is a difference between a FB and RB. One primarily blocks and one primarily runs the ball. So your point is really lame and you just came on a Tech blog to spread your UGA self-superiority, or you are just an idiot. Shaun Chapas cannot hold a candle to AA when it comes to running the ball. I’m glad you are the expert on the triple option.

AA put up more yards on your dawg’s D on less carries than against Duke. Using your logic, Duke’s D is better than UGA’s.

Rodney Dangerfield

May 1st, 2011
12:40 am

Come to think of it, both of our slow, crappy starting RBs over the past two years put a load of yards on your dawg’s D. I guess that means UGA’s D is overrated.

Rodney Dangerfield

May 1st, 2011
12:43 am

I’m just sad that Calvin Johnson has Fat Matt as his QB. Just when I thought being drafted by the Lions was bad, here comes Fat Matt. First Calvin is held back by Reggie and now Fat Matt. You know you have talent when you have those two as your QB and you still make plays.

S'paw_99

May 1st, 2011
12:50 am

This comes from a Tech student, Dwyer & Ant being drafted so late the last 2 yrs, is going to hurt our recruitment of RB’s big time. I have no idea why Ant got drafted so late, he’s a talented guy, & from everything I heard he had a good showing at the combine. He ran pretty well, 4.55 for a big, physical runner (6′0″, 230 lb), & I think he did over 20 reps on the bench.

PJ used to be able to tell potential B-backs that you’re gonna get a great chance to showcase your skills, Ant had 240 carries last yr, Dwyer had over 200 in ‘08 & 09. Obviously the starting B-back is gonna get a lot of carries, but the NFL doesn’t like them.

It’s gonna be hard to get a top notch kid to come if they have any NFL aspirations at all.

football_365

May 1st, 2011
1:07 am

@rodney dangerfield man what are you whining for? Nobody on this board has said anything negative about a.allen or anybody else at tech. I have seen uga and tech fans wish him luck. Maybe you see different comments but it seems like you are just huffing and puffing for no reason. For
one weekend quit all the petty trash talk and show support to these guys taking the next step in their careers. Grow up!

nash

May 1st, 2011
1:11 am

I’m glad Allen got drafted I would have thought that he would have gone earlier but ha it happens. The safety is someone I would love to see in a Falcons training camp along with Nessbit getting cross trained to play another role other thatn qb but as is life in sports

GTBob

May 1st, 2011
1:16 am

It’s gonna be hard to get a top notch kid to come if they have any NFL aspirations at all.

Georgia Tech will never get top notch running backs regardless of who the coach is or what offensive system we run. If you want to support a team that does get these kinds of players then pick one of the football factories in the southeast.

OB/DB

May 1st, 2011
1:32 am

I hope the Falcons give Butler a shot along Nesbit as a Safety with the DAWGS D. Gamble and J. Davis

Stinger 2

May 1st, 2011
3:57 am

Good to see AA get drafted. I believe he would have gone much higher had he played at a school running a conventional college offense. Good luck AA.

stan

May 1st, 2011
6:49 am

good luck to the kid .make the most of your chance

ToeMeetsLeather

May 1st, 2011
7:21 am

DoubleU, yes we probably will never get a five star running back with Johnson’s system, but hey, we never have gotten one that I can remember. We will get plenty of tough SOBs interested in a valuble degeree and 1,200 yards rushing in a season though.

Good luck Allen, I know you’ll be ready when Rice tweaks his knee.

ToeMeetsLeather

May 1st, 2011
7:26 am

Hey I know I can’t spell, we need “spell check” AJC

superDawg

May 1st, 2011
7:30 am

rodney I guess the scoreboard is overrated as well.

RambleOn84

May 1st, 2011
7:35 am

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…yes, playing in our offense probably makes NFL teams more hesitant to take one of our running backs.

But you can say the same thing about quarterbacks playing in spread offenses. BTW, we saw spread QBs go #1 and #10 in the draft his past weekend.

My point is if a guy has enough talent NFL types will look past the system he played in in college.

Another thing that hurts running backs specifically, though, is that they just don’t have the same value in the NFL they used to. It is a passing league now.

Anyway, back on point. Congrats Anthony. I wish you the best, and thanks for your efforts at Tech!

.

May 1st, 2011
7:47 am

Wow, Rodney Dangerfield needs a time out to work through his anger issues. Seriously guy, it will be okay. Get mom and dad to buy you a snow cone and you will be good as new.

high school

May 1st, 2011
7:59 am

The NFL will not take serious running backs that play in this sorry excuse for an offense!!!!!

Da' Truth

May 1st, 2011
8:00 am

Congrats, another banner day for a school in the a.she.she.

RambleOn84

May 1st, 2011
8:02 am

Nice argument, “high school.” Unfortunately for you, two counterexamples already exist. Care to try again?

Old Blind Dawg

May 1st, 2011
8:47 am

Two things hurt GT RB’s when it comes to the NFL – reads from the TB position and pass blocking.

GT has had some outstanding RB’s in the past so I don’t buy the argument that GT will never get the 4 & 5 star backs simply because it is GT. GT won’t get them because of the offense they run. GT went after Crowell only to see him go elsewhere in part because he wants to prepare for the NFL (he sure isn’t preparing for med school :-) ).

Dacula Jacket

May 1st, 2011
8:53 am

Congrats Anthony! Good luck to Tarrant, Claytor, Butler, Joshua, etc. once the free agent signing period opens back up!

Old Blind Dawg

May 1st, 2011
8:57 am

I hope AA makes it and has a great career but he has a tough up hill climb.

If you GT guys don’t think the system hurts the RB’s in the draft explain why AA wasn’t a mid round pick and why Jacquizz Rogers, who is smaller and slower, got drafted.

RB’s have short careers and teams will not invest the time and money to bring one from a goofy offense up to speed when there are so many already familiar with the pro-set. It’s not a knock on the GT talent but rather reality of the system.

Hiliarious

May 1st, 2011
9:02 am

I’m sure CPJ can use this year’s draft as an example to his team. Tarrant and Claytor have to feel like complete idiots right now. It was obvious to me they didn’t have a chance in the draft after last season and yet they left the team high and dry.

Now, they don’t have the NFL nor do they have their eligibility at GT (i.e., no more scholarship to pay for your last year of education).

Hilarious!!!!!!

the start of a two week career

May 1st, 2011
9:16 am

He’ll be cut before the 2nd pre season game..but hey, he’s got that Tech degree so Im sure he’ll be an astronaut by 2012.

@toemeetsleather

May 1st, 2011
9:44 am

You have a pretty bad memory , Tashard Choice was a 4 star as was Jonathan Dwyer.

ToeMeetsLeather

May 1st, 2011
9:44 am

Hey DAWG lurkers, where did five star Caleb King go in the draft? Oh OK.

ToeMeetsLeather

May 1st, 2011
9:46 am

I said five star bud, and Tashard transfered in from OK because his mom got sick.

Old Blind Dawg

May 1st, 2011
10:12 am

Hey ToeMeetsLeather Caleb has another year left you tool. Are all GT fans ignorant or do you stand alone?

Old Blind Dawg

May 1st, 2011
10:16 am

Hey Toe where did Nesbit go – you know Superman – ha ha ha………….

kb

May 1st, 2011
10:17 am

I think the jury is still out on Caleb, he’s still in school.Duh

Gatorman

May 1st, 2011
10:18 am

Good for Allen he got drafted and I feel will make the Baltimore team. However, all these other players that would come out as juniors only to be left out of the draft, maybe they should have left. It’s pretty obvious their own ego’s were greater than their talent, so give an underclassman a chance to shine. For the ones leaving football, I hope they have the sense to go back and finish their education. The world is a tough place to be successful and without a college education, McDonald’s and Walmart may be their best bet.

Tony

May 1st, 2011
10:26 am

OB/DB

The Falcons won’t sign any defensive players from Tech as long as Vangouarder is there. He ran off an all pro linebacker for that trash he has at linebacker now. How many all pros are in that bunch. And what did they do as Green Bay was putting up a 50 spot on them. I’m not sure but I don’t remember anybody putting up that much since the early days when Green Bay won by something like 56 to 3. And this from a team with the best record in the NFL.

ToeMeetsLeather

May 1st, 2011
10:27 am

Old Blind Nadlicker, that’s my point. Five Star to backup, to the backup in senior year.

Jacket Man

May 1st, 2011
10:47 am

The Ravens should know as much about how to use TO running backs as any team in the NFL as they’ve had a chance to watch Navy games on TV since Paul Johnson became their Head Coach. Don’t doubt that AA will be seeing plenty of playing time for Baltimore.

WnE

May 1st, 2011
11:04 am

I wonder will Vad Lee call up Josh and ask him why he wasn’t drafted?

Remember Vad, Josh was more highly rated than YOU coming out of HS and played against better HS competition (in Ga.) to boot and he put up better HS Stats.

Good luck and God Bless, Vad.

Jerry S.

May 1st, 2011
11:08 am

Agreed. I’ll bet Tarrant and Claytor were two of the guys CPJ referenced as being part of the problem with GT’s ‘individualism’ attitude last season.

They obviously thought more highly of themselves than the NFL did. As a major Tech fan, I say good riddance to both of them! Best of luck to them in the real world. Tech will do better this year without the attitude.

GDBurdell

May 1st, 2011
11:10 am

Gtbob:
It’s gonna be hard to get a top notch kid to come if they have any NFL aspirations at all.

“Georgia Tech will never get top notch running backs regardless of who the coach is or what offensive system we run. If you want to support a team that does get these kinds of players then pick one of the football factories in the southeast.”

tek IS a “football factory” except when you are having a losing season like last year, this year and the 9 years prior to 2009. Face it tek just talks about being a Duke or a Vandy…and does a crap job in both education AND football.

PJ has officially slammed the last nail in the coffin as far as recruiting goes…

WnE

May 1st, 2011
11:13 am

For all the douche-bag, putz, loser GT fans that are swinging from Coach Kung Fu Panda’s jock, remember that the both Dwyer & A. Allen had similar combine stats and similar Stats their final yr. at GT as did OHIO STATE’S Beanie Wells…………..

The DIFFERENCE is that Beanie Wells played in a pro-style Offense (single back or I-formation) while at Ohio State and was the last pick of the 1st round while the 2 guys that played for Coach Kung Fu Panda played in a gimmicky, crappy HS Offense and were PUNISHED BY NFL SCOUTS and as a result were drafted in the 6th(Dwyer) and 7th(Allen) rounds.

Had Dwyer & Allen played at Ohio State or USCw in a real pro-style Offense or something “close” they would have gone no later than the 3rd round.

HS RBs, CPJ will “cost you” 4 rounds in the NFL Draft the minute you fax in your LOI, and for QBs like Vad “God Bless” Lee, you’ll NEVER get drafted by an NFL Team at QB.

Someone should ask Josh does he wish he should have transferred when CPJ got hired and moved to safety?

I’ll bet his answer will surprise many GT fans.

Fernando Appleyard

May 1st, 2011
11:17 am

Hey Tony, my memories of that All Pro linebacker are of him always trying to make a tackle ten yards downfield and getting lit up by the Arizona Cardinals.

cmon man

May 1st, 2011
11:19 am

why do tech fans get so sensitive when people talk about cpj and his triple floption offense? we all know that a. allen and j dwyer are great running backs and to be honest there is no reason for a 1300 yd rusher in a bcs conf with no long history of injuries, and no “character” issues to be drafted in the 6th and 7th rd. as much as you people try to deny it cpj and his offense is going to set your program back. for all the trash talk about caleb king im willing to bet if somehow this season he puts up the same amout of yds that allen put up he wont have to until the 7th round to be drafted. for you tech fans who try to fool yourselves into thinking that these elite athletes put academics as their top priority you are sadly mistaken these kids are looking for a fast track to the nfl. if these guys were totally focused on academics your graduation rate would be higher than 43%. with all of the negative recruiting that goes on this only adds fuel to the fire. i know instead of facing the reality of the situation i know most of you will call me a troll and anything else you can think of but the fact remains that after a 6-7 record and alot of failed expectations my favorite school sent 6 players to the nfl this weekend while tech sent “1″ player. i wish A. Allen nothing but the best congrats!

Tech Fan

May 1st, 2011
11:21 am

WnE. I agree with you in part about Josh Nesbitt. In reality though, he isn’t good enough to go to the NFL as a QB regardless of where he went to school. As a Safety, you are probably right. For some reason, kids want to play QB over any other position – even if it costs them in the long run with going pro.