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Bjoern Werner and Dwayne Allen Recall Combine Memories

Posted Feb 18, 2014

Intro: For Bjoern Werner and Dwayne Allen, the process of the NFL Combine was something they did not particularly enjoy. Here’s a look back on their Combine experiences and advice for this year’s participants.



INDIANAPOLIS –Just because Dwayne Allen vividly remembers his NFL Combine experience doesn’t mean he’s fond of it.

Allen came into the 2012 event in Indianapolis fresh off of being named the Mackey Award winner for the nation’s top tight end.

The week in Indianapolis for Allen was a chance to solidify himself near the top of the draft and achieve his goal of being invited to New York for the pending draft.

That all changed when Allen got down in his track stance to participate in the ever-critiqued 40-yard dash.

Allen’s 4.9-second 40-yard dash did not find itself anywhere near the top of the tight end group.

Any potential trip to New York was gone and Allen knew, even if he didn’t agree with it, that his stock was falling.

It “fell” all the way to the top of the third round when the Colts chose Allen with the 64th overall pick in 2012.

“It was a blessing in disguise,” Allen said after leading all 2012 rookie tight ends with 45 catches. “I thank God every day for running that 4.9 because had I run faster, I could have been in a different place, under different circumstances.

“I’m just blessed to be here.”

While many current NFL players are offering advice to draft prospects migrating to Indianapolis this week, Allen has something to say to scouting departments.

“Turn on the tape. Let me see the guy play,” Allen said last year.

“How fast is he on the field? Because I guarantee you I play a lot faster than a 4.9”

 

Bjoern Werner tends to fall in line with the similar opinion of how prospects are viewed at the Combine.

“I’ll be honest there is too much pressure," Werner said on Colts Up Close last week. "I feel like now everybody who has done the combine and is in the league now says it’s overrated.”

Werner, who was coming off an ACC Defensive Player of the Year 2012 campaign at Florida State, believes the interview process with each team is the most important process of the combine.

The physical part?

“They always say “meat market” when you walk around half naked off the stage and see all the GMs and scouts,” Werner says about the Combine. “You think about it every day for eight weeks. When it actually happens it’s like “whoa”

Once Florida State captured the 2013 Orange Bowl on New Year’s Day, Werner knew what was next on his agenda.

It was time to train for a few days in late February where he would be picked, poked and prodded in just about every way imaginable.

“It’s worse than you can imagine. It’s three tough days, especially mentally, especially during the drills with all the interviews and stuff,” Werner says.

“You have to do your drills after three days and you're maybe 90 percent because you are so tired and other guys are doing maybe more interviews than others. You can only tell them to relax but it’s not going to happen. It’s going to be four tough days for them.”

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