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Ricardo Allen | Defensive Back

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (23) / 12/18/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 186
College: Purdue
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Ricardo Allen is expected to open the season as the Falcons' starting free safety.
Drafted in the fifth round last year, Allen crashed and burned as a cornerback, failing to make the Falcons' 53-man roster out of camp. An offseason switch to free safety has revitalized his career, and he is now in a position to open the season as a starter. A ballhawk with 13 career INTs at Purdue, Allen may slot in well as a playmaking free safety, though his lack of speed (4.61) is a concern. Jun 20 - 9:50 AM
Source: ESPN.com

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The Falcons have moved Ricardo Allen to free safety.

Allen, a ballhawking corner at Purdue, was the Falcons' fifth-round pick in 2014. He didn't make the 53 out of camp last year, but was promoted off the practice squad in December. Allen has a chance to beat out Kemal Ishmael for the starting gig.
Jun 18 - 8:34 AM

Falcons promoted CB Ricardo Allen from the practice squad.

He'll take the spot of Robert Alford, who was placed on I.R. A fifth-round pick, Allen should see time in sub packages.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 11:32:00 AM

Falcons waived CB Ricardo Allen and LB Jacques Smith.

They'll be familiar to viewers of this year's "Hard Knocks." Allen was a star at Purdue, but lacks NFL size at 5-foot-9, 186 pounds. When you throw in his 4.61 wheels, it's surprising he was a fifth-round pick. Thomas Dimitroff is having a rough few years as Atlanta's general manager.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 01:49:00 PM

Falcons signed fifth-round CB Ricardo Allen to a four-year contract.

Allen was a really good Big Ten corner who lacks ideal size and speed for the NFL. His best shot at contributing will be on special teams and in the slot.
Sun, May 18, 2014 02:25:00 PM

Falcons selected Purdue CB Ricardo Allen with the No. 147 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Allen (5-foot-9 1/8, 187) got by on technique and playmaking ability in the Big Ten, but was often pushed around by stronger receivers and is speed deficient with a 4.61 forty time. Still, Allen was a ballhawk (13 career INTs, school-record four pick-sixes) and has a feisty, aggressive playing style that could eventually earn him slot corner duties. He's simply too small and slow to line up outside. Expect Allen to push incumbent slot CB Robert McClain for playing time.
Sat, May 10, 2014 02:23:00 PM

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