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Ricardo Allen Cb. Purdue


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Also participated in soccer and track as a Florida prep. Started all 12 games at left cornerback as a true freshman for Purdue in 2010, recording 73 tackles, four pass breakups and three interceptions with 3.5 tackles for loss and one sack. Led the team in picks and returned a pair for touchdowns, scampering 94 yards vs. Michigan and 35 yards at Michigan State. Made 13 starts at left cornerback in 2011 and posted 79 tackles, four pass breakups and three INTs with three tackles for loss and one forced fumble. Scored on 37-yard interception return against Minnesota. Blocked a field goal attempt on the final play of the game in the season opener against Middle Tennessee. Returned one punt for seven yards. Tallied 45 tackles, four pass breakups and one INT in 13 games (11 starts) in 2012 with four tackles for loss and one sack. Returned an interception 39 yards for a touchdown against Marshall. Had one punt return for 25 yards. Started 10 games at left cornerback and two games at nickelback in 2013 and tallied 53 tackles, three pass breakups and six INTs with four tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble. Team captain. Saw action in all 50 possible games during his Purdue career, finishing with 13 interceptions, the second-highest total in school history.

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS

Athletic with fluid movement skills. Plants and drives with urgency and shows good closing burst. Showed a knack for making plays, returning four of 13 career INTs for TDs. Active and energetic. Durable four-year starter. Solid personal and football character.

WEAKNESSES

Undersized and at a physical disadvantage vs. bigger receivers. Limited functional strength. Is not equipped to press and or tackle forcefully. Inconsistent run support. Below-average timed speed. Eyes get stuck in the backfield. Vulnerable to quarterback manipulation and double moves. Average transitional quickness. Allows too big of a cushion.

DRAFT PROJECTION

Rounds 6-7

BOTTOM LINE

Short, lean-framed, battle-tested corner who lacks exceptional athletic traits and will always have physical limitations but has enough competitiveness and ball skills to compete for a spot as a reserve.

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