WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Purdue cornerback Ricardo Allen was the first Boilermaker selected in the NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons in the fifth round on Saturday.
Allen was the 147th overall player taken in the three-day draft. Allen had a great four year career wearing the gold and black. He started from day one and made an instant impact with consistent production each season in West Lafayette, finishing with 28 passes defended and 13 interceptions in his career, showing a knack for returning pick-offs with a school-record four defensive touchdowns. Allen earned All-Big Ten honors each season for Purdue.
Two picks later, the Tampa Bay selected offensive tackle Kevin Pamphile. The Bucs traded their seventh round pick in 2014 and their fifth round pick in 2015 to move and take Pamphile.
Pamphile played sparingly as a DE/DT in 2010 before transitioning to the offensive side of the ball prior to his sophomore year, seeing limited snaps at tackle in four games. He shared the starting LT duties in 2012 before securing the full-time job as a senior this past season.
Purdue has had at least one player drafted for the 17th straight year.