(6002, 198, 4.37-4.46) East CarolinaPersonal: Born Aundrae Akeem Allison, 6/25/84, in Kannapolis, N.C. Nickname is "Drae" (pronounced dray). An AP All-State selection during senior season at A.L. Brown High School. He was his team's top receiver and return specialist for coach Ron Massey. Caught 50 catches for 1,101 yards and 9 touchdowns as a senior team captain despite missing two games. Did not play football as a freshman and sophomore but earned four basketball letters.
College: Lettered two seasons for coach Bert Williams at Georgia Military Academy. Finished junior college career with 70 catches for 865 yards (12.4 avg.). Earned JuCo All-America honors and was selected as the Bulldogs' MVP at the conclusion of the 2004 campaign, catching 37 passes for 455 yards and 5 TDs. Helped guide Georgia Military to the Golden Isles Bowl with an 8-2 record. Attended Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College in the fall of 2002 but did not play football.
Officially enrolled at East Carolina at the beginning of the spring semester (Jan. 7, 2005). Earned All-Conference USA honors and set ECU record with 1,024 receiving yards and the second-most receptions in team history with 83, including 7 touchdowns; had five games with 100-plus receiving yards in 2005. Started all 11 games in which he played, missing two with an ankle injury in 2006; caught 62-708-4 (11.4 avg.). Communications major.
Pre-draft workout numbers: Posted 1.52 10-yard dash, 2.46 20-yard dash, 4.37-4.46 40-yard dash, 37-inch vertical jump, 10'-7" broad jump, 4.25 short shuttle and 6.81 three-cone drill.
Pro: A fifth-round draft choice (No. 146 overall) by the Vikings in the 2007 NFL Draft. Allison started strong in training camp as a rookie, but then missed time with injuries and fell behind in picking up and becoming fully integrated into the offense. He saw action in 11 games last season and caught 8 passes for 122 yards (15.3 avg.). He also led the team in kickoff returns with 20 returns for 574 yards (28.7 avg.), including a 104-yard return for a touchdown.
Positives: Naturally fluid and athletic with good hands and eye-hand coordination. Good balance and body control. Can pluck the ball. Smooth and fluid into and out of his cuts. Has the quickness and speed to defeat man-to-man coverage and get open. Effective runner after the catch who's a threat to go the distance just about anytime he's in the open field. Shows effort as a blocker. Dangerous kickoff returner. Also has some experience returning punts.
Negatives: Needs lots of reps and is still developing his route discipline and overall understanding of the nuances of the West Coast Offense. Appears a bit lackadaisical at times and will let some balls come into his body.
Summary: Has the tools to be a real playmaker, especially in the Vikings' scheme where the ability to run after the catch is at a premium. Still learned the system but could really shine if he can get comfortable enough to play within the system and allow his natural athletic ability to come out.
What they said:
"I think what you see is some of the explosive and athletic ability that we saw at the Senior Bowl. We watched a lot of tape on him, but when you actually got down there and watched him play live and practice live and do one-on-one drills he was one of the most talented and just as good or better from an athletic standpoint as anyone down there." - Rick Spielman, VP of Player Personnel, after the 2007 Draft.
"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." - Brad Childress after the 2007 Draft
"Allison is faster than he appears and rarely gets chased down. He will move way up draft boards because he will run a great 40-yard dash in pre-draft workouts. However, he is not an elite receiver or a first-round pick. He fits best in the second round. In time, Allison should develop into a good No. 2 receiver who stretches the field." - The War Room
"From a talent perspective, [Allison] was worthy of first-day consideration. His toughness, intelligence and work habits, however, pushed him to the fifth round. If the Vikings can get the most out of him, they will have a solid player, but odds are that he will fold the tent after receiving a signing bonus in the pros. This is a classic boom-or-bust pick." - Nolan Nawrocki, Pro Football Weekly
"Has the tools to be a productive third wideout if he ever puts it altogether." - Scout.com