Purdue’s QB-turned-DB could get closer NFL look

Representatives from 23 NFL teams gathered Tuesday at Purdue’s pro day, which was held indoors on FieldTurf. One Boilermaker prospect participated at the NFL Scouting Combine — cornerback Ricardo Allen — but there are some others who could grab the attention of teams.

Allen (5-foot-9 1/8, 186 pounds) was at the combine, but went through drills again at Purdue’s pro day. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.49 and 4.46 seconds. He had a 37-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot broad jump. He ran the 20-yard short shuttle in 4.10 seconds and did the three-cone drill in 6.90 seconds. Allen — a 2013 second-team All-Big Ten pick by the media and an honorable mention selection by the coaches — put forth a very good workout in the position drills.

Rob Henry, safety (6-1 7/8, 195) — Henry ran the 40 in 4.59 seconds, had a 37 1/2-inch vertical jump and 10-5 broad jump. Henry spent most of his time at Purdue playing quarterback, but switched positions during the 2013 season. Based on his athleticism, an NFL team could take a closer look at Henry. However, he does not project to the NFL as a quarterback.

Bruce Gaston, DT (6-2, 308) — Gaston ran the 40 in 5.00 and 4.95 seconds, had a 34-inch vertical and 9-1 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.59 seconds and the three-cone in 7.45 seconds. He had 34 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press (that number would have placed Gaston third among the top performers in his position group at the combine). Gaston is likely a priority free-agent pickup for a team following the 2014 NFL Draft.

Kevin Pamphile, OT (6-4 5/8, 310) — Pamphile ran the 40 in 4.94 and 4.97 seconds (a time that would have placed him among the top performers in his position group at the combine). He also had a 32-inch vertical jump and 9-0 broad jump. He ran a 4.81-second short shuttle and a 7.61-second three-cone. He did 25 reps on the bench press. He also has 34 1/2-inch arms.

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