Former Daytona Beach Mainland defensive back Ricardo Allen, right, played for Purdue and was drafted in the 5th round by the Atlanta Falcons. (Jamie Sabau, Getty Images) (May 10, 2014)
Two former area high-school football players were selected in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.
Tennessee State offensive guard Kadeem Edwards, a former Seminole standout, was taken with the 143rd overall selection by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Purdue cornerback Ricardo Allen, a former standout at Daytona Beach Mainland High, was drafted four picks later by the Atlanta Falcons.
Allen was a four-year starter, starting a total of 46 games for the Boilermakers. He recorded 13 interceptions in college, returning four for touchdowns.
Allen (5-9, 186) was listed as Central Florida’s No. 9 prospect on the Sentinel’s 2010 Top 100. Three other Mainland players signed with Purdue in the 2010 recruiting class – WR O.J. Ross, WR Chevin Davis and PK Jonathan Linkenheimer – but only Allen completed his career with the Boilermakers.
Central Florida has been well-represented in the 2014 NFL Draft. Oviedo native Blake Bortles (No. 3 overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars) and Dr. Phillips alumnus Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (No. 21 overall to the Green Bay Packers) were taken in the first round.