WEST LAFAYTTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Nineteen draft eligible players worked out in front of NFL scouts Tuesday at Purdue’s annual Pro Day.
Cornerback Ricardo Allen is the only Boilermaker that participated in last week’s NFL Combine. Allen said it felt good to be back in a familiar environment.
“I increased my vertical jump, I increased by broad jump and I think my forty was faster,” Allen said. “I think I increased all my times. It feels good being back in my neighborhood, where I’m usually training, and where I’m working out all the time. It was easier out here.”
Allen ran a 4.61 second 40-yard dash at the combine, a little slower the average cornerback. At pro day he improved his time to an unofficial 4.52 seconds.
“For four years I put it [my play] on the film, and my film was my biggest resume,” Allen said. “I might not have the fastest 40, I might not be the biggest guy, but I play ball. At the end of the day that’s what it is.”
Defensive lineman Bruce Gaston didn’t receive a combine invite despite his high ambition, but he says he’s used that as motivation for Pro Day.
“Through the whole process, it’s just been good,” Gaston said. “You know a lot of the teams have been anxious to see how I do at my Pro Day, how I perform, how I run, my strength level and all of those things. I think I rose to the challenge today. That was one thing I wanted to do, and I feel good about it.”
Gaston benched 225 pounds 34 times, and also registered a 34-inch mark in the vertical jump.
The 2014 NFL draft is a month later than in years past. The first round begins Thursday, May 8 and continues through Saturday.