Allen prefers pros to Dogs

When Asher Allen announced he was skipping his senior season at Georgia with thoughts of becoming a top pick at defensive back in the April NFL draft, folks rolled their eyes. He spent much of last season playing with a broken hand. His junior season was inferior to his previous one, including zero interceptions.

Then along came Allen’s time on Tuesday in Indianapolis during the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine.

Not good. “I ran a 4.47. That’s the time the NFL Network gave me, and, wow. That’s the slowest I’ve ever run in my life” said Allen, a former Tucker High School star, who nevertheless is on the verge of something good. He also knows as much, which is why he added, “After seeing myself [at the combine] with these other guys, I feel a tad bit better, actually, with my decision to make this jump.”

In other words, this strikingly bright owner of charisma and politeness isn’t exactly agonizing over missing another crack at Florida next season. Trust me. Better yet, trust the smile on your face after you study the whole package that is Allen. Simply put, he is an astute decision away by some NFL team of becoming a 5-foot-9, 194-pound steal for so many reasons.

Allen did the right thing by bolting Georgia early. That other stuff doesn’t matter, beginning with this: He is considered the other guy not named Matthew Stafford or Knowshon Moreno among the latest Bulldogs leaving before the end of their eligibility in search of barking their way into NFL fame.

“I’ve read stuff on the Internet where people have said I’d go in the third round, fourth round, 10th round,” Allen said. “I find it really funny. You mean to tell me that if I go in the fourth round, there are [96] players better than me, and probably 20 corners better? Nah, I don’t really see it.”

Neither should you or anybody else with a draft pick or a brain. For one, Allen is swifter than what he showed this week. “All the corners weren’t running what they were capable of running,” said Deion Sanders during the NFL Network telecast of Tuesday’s session, with Ohio State’s celebrated Malcolm Jenkins even clocking a miserable 4.55.

For another, Allen has splendid skills as a kick returner to complement his physical play at corner.

Here’s the big thing, though: During an era when a slew of NFL players are taking more mug shots than publicity shots, Allen is the perfect son — literally. “My wife and I were just talking about this, that Asher has never given us a bit of trouble his entire life, and I’m serious,” said Greg Allen, the proud father, whose son replaced the baggy pants and mumbled voices of many during interview sessions at the combine with a business suit and eye contact.

Said the younger Allen, laughing, “I probably broke every hand I shook. Once they got to see me and know me and respond to their questions in an intelligent way, they liked me.”

They had no choice.

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February 28th, 2009
2:14 pm

Roddy Jones think he’s ready for the NFL


February 28th, 2009
9:48 am

When are you fools going to understand. Money talks and you know what walks. Kids that play at UGA are groomed for the pros. Why else would someone go over to Athens? This kid will go in the late first to second and make plenty of money. More than a tech grad sees in a lifetime. Can’t blame the kid because school will always be an option. Good luck Allen.

Stop hating techies, dawg fans wish tech the best except when playing the bees, where tech just hates georgia in all aspects of life. What a shame.


February 27th, 2009
3:15 pm

Not sure I remember Asher returning a whole lot of punts, at least last year. The only reason Logan Grey was the return guy was when we needed someone with good hands to catch the ball when we would be backed up deep in our territory. Almost all of his returns were for fair catches. Richt even said so…

As far as Asher turning pro…
I don’t think he will get drafted as high as he hopes, but I think he will be a great find in the 3rd or 4th round a couple of years from now when he develops a bit.

Good luck Asher!!!