Top WR prospect Allen failed drug test at the combine
It began with a nagging knee injury that took longer than expected to heal, forcing him to sit out at the NFL Combine. When he was finally healthy, Allen ran disappointing 4.71 and 4.75 forty-yard dash times at this pro day workout.
Reports Tuesday now suggest that Allen was red-flagged at the combine for failing a drug test due to "suspiciously high levels of water in his system." Allen has since taken another drug test, but the results are not yet known.
Once rated as the top receiver on most draft boards, Allen's stock has been in steady decline as these issues pile up. If questions regarding durability and long-speed weren't enough, teams take failed drug tests very seriously. Allen's agent has insisted that Allen has not failed any drug test, so this could all prove to be nothing, but teams will want to be confident that Allen's track record is clean before using an early-round pick on him.
What hurts Allen even more is that this draft class of receivers is very crowded at the top. Tavon Austin, Cordarrelle Patterson, DeAndre Hopkins, Robert Woods, Quinton Patton, and Justin Hunter are all receivers who could be realistically considered over Allen, given some of his concerns. Once considered likely to be drafted in the early 20's, Allen's status as a first-round pick is now in serious question. ESPN's Mel Kiper has Allen going 40th overall to the Tennessee Titans, for what it's worth.
Just a fun fact: former Lions' receiver Charles Rogers was also flagged for high levels of water at the combine. Rogers was the second overall pick in the 2003 draft, and finished his career with 36 catches for 440 yards.
Where Allen lands in this draft could be one of the toughest predictions of the early rounds.