The Atlanta Falcons selected Purdue cornerback Ricardo Allen with their lone fifth-round pick, the 147th overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Allen adds some depth at cornerback and has a chance to compete for the nickel role as a rookie, after serving as a starter and slot corner as a senior captain. He had a career-high six interceptions this past year, starting a total of 12 games. Allen finished his career as a four-year starter with 48 starts in 50 career appearances. He finished his career with 250 tackles, 14.5 for loss, three sacks, 13 interceptions, 15 pass breakups, two forced fumbles and 4 touchdowns on interception returns. He also blocked a field goal as a sophomore.
At the Combine, Allen measured 5’9″ and 187 pounds. He clocked a 4.61-second 40-yard dash and jumped 35.5 inches in the vertical. He was able to improve upon both marks at Purdue’s pro day, where he ran a 4.51-second 40 and leapt 37 inches in the vertical. He also clocked a 6.9-second three-cone drill.
Allen worked out for the Falcons in March.