#RedDevilsAlum: Brian Allen Tests at NFL Scouting Combine

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March 2, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS – Former Michigan State center Brian Allen performed on-field testing in front of NFL coaches and scouts on Friday in Lucas Oil Stadium on the fourth day of the NFL Combine.

Allen, who measured in at 6-1 and 300 pounds, was one of the top performers in the bench press on Thursday. He put up 225 pounds 27 times, which ranked tied for eighth among the offensive linemen at the combine.

On Friday, Allen ran a 40-yard dash time of 5.34 seconds, recorded a 26.5-inch vertical jump, and had a leap of 99.0 inches (8’3”) in the broad jump.

“Just that I’m pretty athletic and I’ll test well,” Allen said during Thursday’s media session on what he wanted to show coaches and scouts during the NFL Combine. “Really that I belong here and prove that I can put up some good numbers. At the end of the day, it comes down to football, and that’s what I’m looking forward to.”

During Allen’s live televised on-field workouts on NFL Network, analyst Shaun O'Hara, a three-time All-Pro and Super Bowl XLII Champion, liked what he saw from the Spartan center.

“I think Brian Allen has looked pretty good today,” O’Hara said on the broadcast. “He’s looked pretty athletic, he’s looked pretty good moving side to side.”

Allen has been preparing for the upcoming NFL Draft since the end of Michigan State’s season at the Holiday Bowl. He has been training in Arizona and started in the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Jan. 20. The NFL Combine is just the next step in the long road toward the draft in late April, but he’s trying to enjoy the experience in Indianapolis.

“I wouldn’t say it’s anything that I didn’t expect, but just the amount of talent here,” Allen remarked on what has stood out at the combine. “Guys that you watch every Saturday, hear about every Saturday, and all the good guys that play, they’re all here. It’s pretty special to have all of those guys in one spot, and you get a chance to bond with them.”

Allen said he felt his best three games of the 2017 season were against Washington State, Penn State and Western Michigan, all victories for the Spartans. He helped anchor a young offensive line – Allen was the only senior starter on offense – to a 10-3 season and a No. 15 ranking in the final Associated Press Poll.

Allen, an extremely durable lineman who started all 13 games at center in 2017 and played in 51 career games for MSU, including 38 starts, is one of the top-10 ranked centers in the upcoming NFL Draft by CBS and ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr.

Michigan State has sent 44 participants to the NFL Combine in MSU head coach Mark Dantonio's tenure. Allen is the third offensive lineman under Dantonio to earn an NFL Combine invitation (Jack Allen and Jack Conklin in 2016).

Michigan State is one of only five schools to have had at least one player chosen every year since the inception of the common NFL Draft in 1967. MSU joins Florida, Michigan, Nebraska and USC as the only programs with at least one draft choice for 51 consecutive years.

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In his first year as the full-time starting center in 2017, Allen anchored a young Spartan offensive line and helped lead MSU to a 10-3 overall record and No. 15 final ranking in The Associated Press Poll. He was the highest graded Spartan offensive lineman and led the team in snaps (977), knockdowns (98) and dominators (23). Allen finished the regular season ranked the No. 6 center in the FBS by Pro Football Focus. A four-time Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week honoree, Allen was also named Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week on four occasions.

The Hinsdale, Illinois, native started 38 games during his four seasons in East Lansing, including a team-best 28 consecutive to close out his career, as part of a total of 51 games played. A three-time All-Big Ten honoree, he earned second-team honors from the coaches and media at center in 2017, and was also a second-team All-Big Ten selection at guard as a junior (media) in 2016 and as a sophomore in 2015 (coaches and media).

In addition to his impressive on-field resume, Allen was just as successful in the classroom. He was named a semifinalist in 2017 for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which is widely known as the "Academic Heisman," and also the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Class. A three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Allen is an economics major with a 3.24 GPA.

Voted a team captain in 2017, Allen helped lead the Spartan senior class to a 36-16 record from 2014-17, including two bowl wins (2014 Cotton, 2017 Holiday), one Big Ten Championship (2015) and one College Football Playoff appearance (2015). The 36 wins are sixth most by a class in school history.

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