Scout's Notebook: DT Kenderick Allen

The Vikings signed veteran free agent DT Kenderick Allen to provide depth and competition in training camp. Here's the complete scouting report:

#71, Kenderick Allen, DT
(6045, 328, 5.14-5.27 coming out of college) Louisiana State

Notes:  Born 9/14/78, in Bogalusa, Louisiana.

College:  Played in 11 games (starting once) in 1998, posting 20 tackles, 4 tackles-for-loss and one sack.  Saw limited action in 3 games before taking a redshirt year in 1999 with a shoulder injury.  Played in 11 games (4 starts) in 2000, with 28 tackles, 4 TFL and 2 sacks.  Saw action in 11 games (5 starts) in 2001, posting 17 tackles and 2 TFL.  Suffered a tendon injury in his right knee during the winter of 2002 and had surgery prior to the season.

Measured 6045, 311 pounds coming out of college; recorded 25 reps at 225 pounds, ran 5.14-5.27 40-yard dash, a 29 ½-inch vertical jump, 8'-9" broad jump, 4.49 short shuttle and 7.75 three-cone drill.

Pro:  Originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New Orleans Saints following the 2003 NFL Draft; played in 10 games (starting one) and registered 12 tackles.  Signed with the New York Giants in 2004; saw action in 5 games (starting 2) and finished with 20 tackles.  Played in 14 games in 2005; recorded 20 tackles and 2 sacks.  Was tendered a one-year contract offer in March 2006, but the Giants terminated their offer in April, making him an unrestricted free agent.  Signed with the Green Bay Packers in April 2006, agreeing to a one-year contract for $700,000 that included a $50,000 signing bonus and a $50,000 roster bonus.  His weight reportedly climbed as high as 341 pounds during minicamps with the Packers, but he got down to 321 when he reported to training camp.  A Lisfranc injury (foot) eventually landed him on injured reserve after he saw action in 2 games and posted 2 tackles.  An unrestricted free agent entering the 2007 season, he signed with the Cincinnati Bengals on May 14.  After training camp in Cincinnati, the Bengals terminated his contract prior to the regular season.  Allen subsequently did not play during the 2007 season.  He was signed by the Vikings on March 20, 2008.  For his career, Allen has compiled 52 tackles, 3 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries in 31 games and 3 starts.

Positives:  Big, thick, two-gap nose tackle who can occupy multiple blockers, play with leverage, control the inside run and keep blockers of his linebackers.  Can dominate in spurts.

Negatives:  Lacks top quickness, speed and lateral movement skills.  Tends to wear down quickly.  Has often struggled with conditioning and durability, frequently battling a lot of nagging injuries.

Summary:  If he's healthy and in top shape (which he looked to be in recent minicamp workouts), he can provide some quality snaps behind Pat Williams at nose tackle.

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