Former BYU running back Tyler Allgeier completed his NFL Combine workout on Friday, testing in the middle of the pack overall among running backs invited to the event.
Allgeier ran a 4.64-second 40-yard dash, ranking him No. 23 out of 27 eligible running backs. Some NFL draft analysts were particularly interested in Allgeier’s 40-yard dash time coming into the combine. Their main criticism of Allgeier was his “explosiveness,” or lack thereof.
“He’s more agile than twitchy and relies on his ability to quickly process,” Lance Zierlein, an NFL analyst, wrote in his scouting report. “While he sees [the field] clearly, his pace and burst can be a little hit-or-miss and might allow for NFL defenses to prevent the chunk play.”
NFL.com analysts gave Allgeier a prospect grade of 6.12 to start the week — a number that would rank him No. 12 among running backs and would project him to be a “good backup with potential to develop into a starter.” That puts him on the same level as former Oklahoma running back Kennedy Brooks and Notre Dame tailback Kyren Williams.
Tyler Allgeier’s NFL Draft Combine numbers
40-yard dash: 4.64 seconds
Vertical jump: 33″
Broad jump: 10′
Bench press: N/A
Allgeier’s 40-yard dash time was faster than Williams but slower than Brooks.
Scouts did not expect Allgeier to run the fastest 40-yard dash, but the former BYU star finished in the middle of the road in other drills. He placed 15th among running backs for the vertical jump and 13th for the broad jump. Allgeier elected against doing the bench press, the only drill he did not participate in.
His main asset, according to NFL scouts, is his size. He measured in at 5-foot-11 and 224 pounds. Pro Football Network, a group of analysts who grade NFL prospects, believes Allgeier’s weight will help him make up for some of the explosiveness lost.
“He can withstand direct contact and grind out tough yards,” said Ian Cummings, a draft analyst. “He can make sharp initial cuts, then explode to the second level.”
But after Friday, the questions about his speed will continue. Especially as scouts doubt if he can be an every-down back at the next level.
“He offers very little third-down value right now and could be tabbed as a solid backup in a move-based rush attack,” Zierlein said.