May 4, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts tight ends Coby Fleener (80) and Dwayne Allen (83) run during minicamp at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
As advertised, the NFL Players Association hosted the Rookie Premiere last weekend in Los Angeles and SB Nation's Joel Thorman, Amy K. Nelson, and Dan Rubenstein were there to cover it. There were more than 30 of the top draft picks in the 2012 NFL Draft at the event, including Colts selections Andrew Luck, Coby Fleener, and Dwayne Allen.
SB Nation's YouTube crew will have video of the weekend posted soon (psst, click here to subscribe so you don't miss that).
OK, 'nuff of the network plugging. Now to the good stuff.
While at the event, Joel and others got to chat with Dwayne Allen, who was described by my colleagues as someone who very much has a career post-football in television. Here's Joel's write-up on Allen at the Rookie Premiere:
Dwayne Allen has a future in broadcasting
I was thoroughly impressed with Allen, the Colts third round pick. I can already tell he's going to be a broadcaster one day, there's little doubt in my mind. He is well-spoken, polite but also very funny.
SB Nation had about 15 minutes with him on Friday, and after the interview was over he went around the room shaking the hands of our crew and thanking us for interviewing him. That doesn't happen very often.
Then on Saturday, while at the Rose Bowl, Allen found out that a member of our crew was a big Colts fan. Our crew member didn't ask for anything but Allen came up to him later in the day and handed him an autographed card of himself and Andrew Luck before taking a picture of him.
Like RGIII, Allen took our mic and interviewed a couple of players for us, including Andrew Luck. And, you know what, he asked some legitimate questions, including why the Colts would spend a third-round pick on a tight end (i.e. himself) after selecting Coby Fleener in Round 2. Luck's response to that question will be coming soon in an SB Nation YouTube video.
Very polite and media savvy. Allen seems to get it at an early age.
Yeah, pretty much the second we get that video of Allen asking Luck his thoughts on the Colts selecting two tight ends back-to-back we shall post it.