Allen, Cromartie perform damage control
Tennessee's Jason Allen and Florida State's Antonio Cromartie helped themselves on the final day of the combine.
Allen, who missed the final six games of the season because of a hip injury, is actually a tweener corner/safety prospect. In addition to answering questions about his hip, Allen also displayed the ability to play the cornerback position in the NFL. He finished near the top of the defensive backs in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump (39½ inches), broad jump 10-11), short shuttle (3.81), long shuttle (11.17) and three-cone (6.75). Once considered a first-round lock, Allen has seen his stock decline dramatically, but the strong showing in Indy will at least get him back into the second-round mix.
Cromartie entered this week as an even bigger enigma. Instead of returning to Florida State for his final season of eligibility, he elected to make the NFL leap, despite missing the entire 2005 season with a knee injury. NFL decision-makers were left with very little film to study and lots of stones unturned.
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2006 Scouting combine
John Clayton, Todd McShay and Michael Smith were in Indianapolis (Feb. 23-28) to cover this year's NFL scouting combine. Read their daily reports and features leading into April's NFL draft.
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