Baltimore's backfield has added another big body.
The Ravens picked up Southern California running back Javorius "Buck" Allen with a fourth-round pick (No. 125 overall). The 6-foot, 221-pound running back gives Baltimore another bruising rusher to team up with veteran Justin Forsett and last year's fourth-round pick Lorenzo Taliaferro. //
A lot of people saw something special in former USC Trojan Football star Buck Allen. The Baltimore Ravens saw something too.
"The call from the Baltimore Ravens was a blessing, and I couldn't ask for a better situation," Allen said. "My time came and I'm going to take advantage of it. Unbelievable feeling."
Allen was highly productive throughout his college career, racking up 2,306 yards and 25 touchdowns the last three years. As the workhorse running back last year, Allen had 276 carries for 1,489 yards and 11 touchdowns.
"I feel like I can come in, be the second guy for a while, then eventually get the work done," Allen said.
The Ravens had Allen circled on their draft board entering the third day. Adding a running back was as priority in this year's draft, and Baltimore hoped that Allen would get to them in the fourth round.
"Buck was our top guy coming into this morning's draft," Offensive Coordinator Marc Trestman said. "We really like Buck. We like his athleticism. We like his size. He's very good inside and outside. He can catch the football. He's a good blocker. We were very excited to have the opportunity to get Buck when we did."
A big part of Allen's game is his ability to make an impact as a receiver. He had 41 catches for 458 receiving yards and a touchdown last year, and the Ravens told him during a combine meeting that they were impressed with his catching ability out of the backfield.
"I got great hands out of the backfield, and they said that they're going to put my talents to use," Allen said. "I'm going to come there and do whatever I have to do to help the team win."
Allen's path to the NFL was far from easy.
The Tallahassee, Fla. native had to deal with tremendous hardship during his childhood. He was raised by his grandmother and his older brother was the only father figure he'd ever known. At 12 years old, his brother went to prison on attempted murder charges.
After his brother's arrest, Allen went to live with another family. The mother of that family, Alice Cullen, then died of breast cancer. To honor Alice, Allen would write her name on his cleats and blow a kiss to her in the sky after every touchdown.
"I just think about all of the stuff that me and my family went through to get to this point. It's a blessing," Allen said.
"I had to fight to get what I want. Stuff was never handed to me, even growing up as a kid. It was never handed to me as a kid. You always had to fight. You always had to figure out a way. Never give up on yourself."
Check out photos from Javorius Allen's collegiate career at the University of Southern California.