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DE Pierre Allen reschedules workout for April 5

Posted on: March 19, 2011 12:53 pm
Edited on: March 19, 2011 12:55 pm
 
Nebraska defensive end Pierre Allen has rescheduled his workout for April 5 at the request of NFL teams, according to his agent.

A simple two-sentence release sent out by agent Kenny Zuckerman of Priority Sports and Entertainment reads:
At the request of scouts, his pro-day will be moved up to Tuesday, April 5th @ 8:30am in Lincoln. Scouts wanted to get Allen and Daniel Thomas (Kansas State) done in the same day because many of the scouts were heading to their respective cities for draft meetings on April 6th .
Allen had previously had his workout scheduled for April 6.

Both players are holding the late workouts because of injuries that kept them sidelined for the Scouting Combine and their schools' respective Pro Days.

Thomas has struggled with a lingering hamstring injury. Allen's problem has been a right wrist strain and strained right calf muscle.

Thomas, a junior college quarterback who signed with Kansas State and then-head coach Ron Prince largely because Prince promised to keep him at quarterback. Prince's replacement, Bill Snyder, however, convinced Thomas to switch to running back. The move made Thomas an instant star, as he was spectacularly productive for the Wildcats, rushing for a combined 2,850 yards and scoring 30 touchdowns on the ground. He earned First Team All Big-12 honors after each of the past two seasons.

Allen's story isn't as dynamic -- but scouts nonetheless are very intrigued. Allen, 6-3 (and a 1/2) and 273 pounds, is expected to do all of the measureable workouts, as well as perform in DL and/or LB drills, as requested. This position and schematic versatility could result in a top 100 pick.

Though Allen's sack totals dropped from five to 3.5 last season, his tackle numbers improved. As such, he was recognized as a First-Team All Big-12 defender by league coaches with 65 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss. Allen was especially productive in the loss to Washington in the Holiday Bowl, racking up a team-high eight tackles (seven solos), including a tackle for loss. 

A three-year starter for the Blackshirts, Allen's strength and length make him one of the better of the second tier defensive linemen in this draft and a likely 3rd-4th round pick.
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