Ricardo Allen, CB

School: Purdue  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Daytona Beach, FL
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 187 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.542.571.6513 35 1/29'9"4.15-

Player Overview

A three-star CB recruit, Allen spurned offers from Florida State, Clemson and others to move north and enroll at Purdue.

He started from day one and made an instant impact with consistent production each season in West Lafayette, finishing with 28 passes defended and 13 interceptions in his career, showing a knack for returning pick-offs with a school-record four defensive touchdowns - earned All-Big Ten honors each season.

Allen is undersized, but also a tough, scrappy competitor with heady instincts, confidence and natural feel for the position. He has a strong resume with experience moving inside to cover the slot when offenses would line up with three or four WR sets. Allen is hard-working with a team-first attitude and shows up to work every day - type of prospect where you know what you're getting and not someone I'd bet against.

His lack of size, strength and speed will turn off teams, but the intangibles, smarts and confidence gives him a chance in the NFL as a reserve and special teams contributor - early day three pick.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Excellent footwork to drive quickly on plays with very good closing burst...very physical and disciplined in run support - loves to throw his body around and displays a lot of toughness in run support...violent hitter and strikes low, never holding back...confident and feisty on-field demeanor - loves to talk and get in the head of WRs...reads and baits throws with plus ballskills - takes advantage of QB mistakes...excellent ability after the interception with a school-record four career returns for scores...active blitzer...hard-working competitor and is always giving full effort...extremely tough and battled tested with very good starting experience as a four-year starter (48 career starts) - finishes his college career with 13 interceptions, which is second in Purdue history.

WEAKNESSES: Undersized with skinny, wiry build and limbs...limited strength potential and will be out-muscled by WRs...forced to wrestle ballcarriers to the ground and lacks the natural power to consistently finish by himself...long-speed is average-at-best with short strides...protected vs. speed by playing mostly off-coverage in college, rarely in press - was late to the ball at times because he played so far off the ball...needs to improve his eye discipline and gets in trouble when biting on fakes...will lower his head on tackle attempts too early and whiff in space...needs to do a better job locating with his back to the LOS downfield, allowing himself to get turned around...strong durability concerns due to his play style and lack of size and often plays through pain, rarely at full health.

--Dane Brugler

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Falcon's picks: Round 5/147 - Ricardo Allen, CB, 5-9, 187, Purdue...He holds the Purdue record with four interceptions returned for touchdowns. He played 50 games and made 48 starts for the Boilermakers. Started all 12 games as a freshman. - The Sports Xchange


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