MOBILE, Ala. — Despite a record-setting career at Arkansas, Brandon Allen’s career goals are simple: Get drafted and make an NFL team.
A pair of physical traits — height (6-foot-1) and hand size (8.5 inches, the smallest of any Senior Bowl quarterback) — threaten to hold him back when the draft rolls around this May.
“I have to prove that my height and hand size aren’t going to affect anything I’m doing,” Allen said after practice Wednesday. “They haven’t affected me before.”
He has three primary objectives in the predraft process:
- “Being accurate with the football.”
- “Having some velocity on it.”
- “Being good within in the pocket.”
“If I can display all that out here,” he added, “it’ll definitely help me.”
Allen led the SEC in passer rating (166.48) and yards per attempt (9.3) this season while tossing a school-record 64 touchdowns on his career.
His performance led to a coveted Senior Bowl invite; The former Razorbacks star is one of four quarterbacks on the South squad, a group that includes SEC rivals Jake Coker (Alabama) and Dak Prescott (Mississippi State).
“I think the biggest thing is I’m from a pro-style offense,” he said. “I’ve been under center a lot the past three years. That comes naturally to me. We do a lot at the line of scrimmage: Mike IDs, checking the protection, checking runs, all that. I feel like I have an advantage over a lot of guys that come from spread-style offenses.”
The 2016 Senior Bowl kicks off on Saturday afternoon (2:30 p.m. ET, NFL Network).