A little less than a year ago, Dwayne Allen made a visit to Indianapolis and the trip didn’t go according to plan.
Allen was looking to supplant himself into a potential first round draft pick and improve his chances of being invited to the 2012 NFL Draft.
Those hopes were dashed when Allen took the blocks for the 40-yard dash.
Every move of combine participants is critiqued from every angle and a stressful week for Allen began when he crossed the finish line in a time of 4.89.
When that time flashed across the screen, Allen knew that any chance of being invited to the draft were gone.
In looking back on that moment, he is thankful his next few visits to Indianapolis would go down the right path.
“It was a blessing in disguise. I thank God every day for running that 4.9 because had I run faster, I could have been in a different place, under different circumstances,” Allen said.
“I’m just blessed to be here.”
In proving that combine numbers are not the final say in producing at the NFL level, Allen’s 40-time ranked seventh among the nine tight ends that ran at the 2012 Combine.
Of the six tight ends that ran faster 40-yard dashes than Allen, they combined for 12 catches and 142 yards in their rookie campaigns.
Allen’s stat line read as—45 catches for 521 yards.
While his speed numbers did not fall among the top of those at the tight end position, Allen did lead the group with 27 reps on the bench press.
The combine is next up on the NFL offseason schedule with a week of testing and interviews in Indianapolis beginning on Feb. 20.
Potential prospects will be dissected just like Allen was a year ago and if the Colts tight end had it his way the process would be pretty simple.
“Turn on the tape. Let me see the guy play,” Allen said.
“How fast is he on the field? Because I guarantee you I play a lot faster than a 4.9”
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