Clemson redshirt junior Dwayne Allen is NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated tight end for the 2012 draft. He's likely to remain in that position after posting an impressive 27 reps in the bench press Friday and measuring in at a solid 6-3 (6031) and 255 pounds.
The 27 reps would have tied Allen with Luke Stocker and Charlie Gantt as the position leader in 2011.
Allen talked about his role in Clemson's offense. He was moved around a great deal in their offense, seeing time out wide, in the slot, at the traditional tight end position and playing behind the offensive tackle in a role Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris pegged as the "sniffer" position.
"Coach Morris told me before the season that in his offense I could become the most versatile tight end in the country," Allen told me. "In winning the Mackey Award, I think I proved just that."
Allen is planning to participate fully in the Combine, which could help him distance himself from Stanford's Coby Fleener, NFLDraftScout.com's No. 2 rated tight end, who won't be able to workout in Indianapolis due to a high ankle sprain.
"I decided to just come out here and have fun," Allen said. "A lot of other guys are pulling out because of injuries and other reasons. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I dreamed about coming to the combine and competing, so now that the opportunity is here, nothing is going to hold me back.”