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Armando Allen was an enigma during his career at Notre Dame. Every year fans waited with bated breath for the speedster to break a long touchdown run that seemed inevitable from the moment he stepped foot on campus. Amazingly, it never came.
He was known for getting taken down by his shoestrings during his first three seasons, but he transformed into a very confident runner his final campaign this past fall. Allen was relentless, gutting out every last inch behind a line that was still getting comfortable with the new offense.
Injuries set him back once again, forcing him to miss the final four games, but had he been given the workload Cierre Wood received after Tommy Rees took over, there's a good chance Allen would've sniffed the 1,000-yard mark.
Draft Projection Consensus
He's been projected as high as the fifth round, but chances are he'll be either a seventh-round flier or a free agent.
Things finally clicked for Armando in his final season. After his prep career was cut short by a broken leg, he never seemed ready to go full throttle until this past fall. That changed in September. He provided tough yards and quality carries despite his smaller stature (5'10", 205 lbs.).
He posted a disappointing 40 time at his pro day (4.58), which may have been a fatal blow to his chances of getting drafted. Some team will pick him up as a free agent, though, and he'll get his opportunity to continue the positive trajectory he was on this fall.
The fact that he's so injury prone will probably submarine his chances of a prolonged NFL career. While he could find a nice niche since he possesses good hands and is a sneakily good pass protector, it's a long shot. More than likely he'll end up on a practice squad for a year or two before dropping off the map.