FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MAY 04: New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan talks with Antonio Allen #39 during the Jets Rookie Minicamp on May 4, 2012 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
When Antonio Allen dropped to the 7th round I was absolutely stunned, I genuinely had him as a 5th round prospect possible a 4th round talent. However when the Jets selected him in the 7th I was positively giddy about it as I'm sure most of you know. So now that camp is a week old and the dust is starting to settle, it is great to hear that Antonio is turning a few heads:
Of the eight draft picks, the one that has played the best over the last two days is -- are you ready for this? -- S Antonio Allen. He has made plays in coverage, supposedly his weakness. On Friday, he knifed into the backfield and tackled Bilal Powell for a loss. The Jets were stunned that Allen, a productive player at South Carolina, dropped to the seventh round. Teams stayed away because he was a "box" safety in college, almost like a linebacker, and they assumed he's struggle at the pro level. No struggling so far.
In case you missed it, I did a player in focus feature on Allen back in April which you can read HERE with a sample below: