Audio Draft Review: Aundrae Allison

East Carolina wide receiver Aundrae Allison was expected to be drafted at least a couple rounds earlier than he was, but eventually the Vikings couldn't pass on his value in the fifth round. Find out what Allison, Brad Childress and Rick Spielman had to say about the whole ordeal.

Wide receiver Aundrae Allison was expected to be a second-round pick by the estimates of most draft analysts, so when he slid all the way down to the fifth round the Vikings couldn't resist taking another receiver. They had already drafted South Carolina's Sidney Rice in the second round, but East Carolina's Allison was too highly valued to let slip past them any more.

So why did Allison's draft stock fall? It might have been an ankle injury that limited him in his senior season.

"It affected me a whole lot," Allison said. "I couldn't burst in and out of my cuts like I usually do. And you know it played a big part in my whole season because it was a problem."

After his selection by the Vikings, Allison also addressed bringing the receiving corps back to its glory days, his expected role with the team, his injury, his fall on draft day and his surprise that the Vikings were the team that selected him.

The Vikings aren't exactly sure why he fell so far either, but they had a connection to Allison's coaching that helped reassure them that he was a solid receiver.

"Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder. People saw different things. When we turned him on we saw some of the same explosion from some of those upper-level receivers. Probably because he was a JC guy and didn't establish himself until a little later on," head coach Brad Childress said. "Georgia Military…he wasn't a four-year player there at East Carolina. I know Skip (Holtz) thought very highly of him at East Carolina and Darrell (Bevell) worked for Skip at Connecticut so we were able to kind of fill in the blanks and paint a picture of what kind of player he is other than the tape that you see."

Hear what Childress and vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman had to say about Allison and how he really garnered their attention in their own words with our post-draft audio:

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