At the start of the month at the Oregon Football Pro Day, Devon Allen stood out with the fastest 40-yard dash time and seized an opportunity with the NFL.
Devon Allen spoke following his pro day and laid out his simple plan moving forward to set the world on fire this summer at the World Championships and also to find a home in the National Football League at wide receiver. The second half of his plan has come to fruition. Last week, the former Duck signed a three-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Allen came to the University of Oregon as both a track and field athlete as well as a Wide Receiver. He found success in both during his time with the Ducks but also dealt with some injuries that since have not stopped him in the least. Allen is a two-time Olympian and I expect he will continue to chase track and field dreams while in the NFL. Others have attempted and not been successful.
On the April 1st Pro Day, the Ducks hosted several former athletes including Allen, and De’Anthony Thomas. There were 31 of 32 NFL teams represented in Eugene and most-watched Allen run an unofficial 4.35 40-yard dash. It was enough for Philadelphia to take a chance signing Allen to as an undrafted free agent and the standard three-year contract.
Devon Allen will compete in the US Track and Field Outdoor Championships in June and also the World Championships in July. Both events will be held at a place familiar to Allen at Hayward Field. A place where hurdled his way to the Olympics during the US Track and Field Olympic Trials was also held there.
Allen will have a busy summer with Track and Field before turning his focus to the NFL and the Philadelphia Eagles starting in August. He last played football with the Ducks in 2016. He was in just eight games his final two seasons due to injury. His strength has been Track and Field placing fourth and fifth in the last two Olympics.