Asher Allen appeared in all 39 games as a cornerback for the Georgia Bulldogs in his three seasons with the team, tallying up 141 tackles, nine tackles for loss, three interceptions, and 11 passes defended.
He also has extensive experience on special teams, both in coverage and as a return man, with ten punt returns for 146 yards and 47 kickoff returns for 1,110 yards.
Allen is currently ranked as the 11th player at his position and the 74th player overall, which speaks to the depth of talent at the cornerback position in this year's draft. He measured in at 5-feet-9 and 194 pounds at the Combine, which is small for a cornerback, but would put him among the tallest players at his position if he were to join the Colts. He performed well in drills at the Combine and posted a 40 time of 4.47 seconds and he put the 225-pound bench press up 22 times.
CB Asher Allen
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Allen said during his Combine interview that he's no stranger to the weight room: "I have the bench press record at the University of Georgia, 415 for cornerbacks."
He is a tremendous coverage player, in spite of his passes defended and interception numbers, as teams tried to avoid his side of the field. He has played both man and zone defense at Georgia, saying, "I can play both. At Georgia we did both. On the backside [of plays], I was the single guy so I was man-to-man a lot. We also ran Cover 2, Cover 4, Cover 3, zone blitz, man blitz, we ran a great combination of all coverages and I'm experienced in all of them."
His draft stock was helped by the fact that he ran a 4.39 40 at Georgia's Pro Day on March 19th. All 32 NFL teams were in attendance, according to NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber, so a number of other teams had the chance to take a look at Allen's abilities. There were obviously a number of other teams that were looking at the numerous prospects that the university had to offer, but everyone also saw what he had to offer, in addition to the film that they all have on him.
As far as the film is concerned, Allen had the opportunity to face off against the talent on his own team as well as the wealth of talent that exists in the SEC, including Percy Harvin. "Obviously he's a great player," Allen said. "I was a corner and Percy was more of a slot. My freshman year, I played nickel back and he was in the slot. I covered him, I believe he had one catch."
As the 74th-ranked overall player, Allen is more of a second-round possibility or a fringe third-round player. With their compensatory selection in the fourth round, the Colts can trade their existing fourth round pick to move up in the third round if necessary.
He would add some much needed youth and coverage skills to the secondary, as well as adding necessary depth, since the injury bug struck that unit in particular in 2008.
If nothing else, he would be a valuable special teams player, both as a return man and in coverage, which were units that were lacking for Indianapolis last season. "I've done every special team assignment since I've been at Georgia," he said.
Tim Jennings, a fellow Bulldog, has spoken with Allen and given him some guidance. "I've talked to all of them: Tim Jennings, Thomas Davis, Champ Bailey, David Pollard," Allen said. "I've had the chance to talk to all of them. They never not answer the phone."
Perhaps they can play for the same program again.
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