With a background as a standout wrestler, strength is considered one of Brian Allen’s top attributes.
The former Michigan State center backed that up on Friday at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
Allen posted 27 reps in the 225-pound bench press, which tied for eighth among all offensive lineman. It was his best finish in the combine tests.
Allen was 17th among offensive linemen in the three-cone drill (7.81 seconds), tied for 21st in the vertical jump (26.5 inches), tied for 23rd in the 40-yard dash (5.34 seconds) and tied for 29th in the broad jump (99.0 inches). He was measured at 6-foot-1 and 300 pounds.
Allen, who started in the East-West Shrine Game in January, has been preparing for the NFL draft by training in Arizona. He will get another attempt to show off for NFL scouts at Michigan State’s pro day on March 23 in East Lansing.
A three-year starter at Michigan State, Allen played both guard positions before finishing his career at center. He was a co-captain as a senior last year and helped lead Michigan State to a resurgent 10-3 season.
Allen is the younger brother of former Michigan State All-American center Jack Allen, who went undrafted in 2016 before signing as a free agent with the New Orleans Saints. His younger brother, Matt Allen, is a candidate to take over his starting spot at center for Michigan State in the fall as a redshirt sophomore.
Allen was the only Michigan State player invited to the combine this year and is viewed as a potential late-round selection in April’s draft. The Spartans have had at least one player picked every year since the common NFL draft began in 1967.