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2012 NFL Scouting Combine: Measurements For Linemen Begin, Marking The True Start Of The Combine

The 2012 NFL Combine has begun in earnest Thursday as the NFL combine measurements have just been released. The Combine technically began on Wednesday when the athletes went through registration, but Thursday marks the first significant activity.

Related: 2012 NFL Combine: Schedule And Preview

Most notable for fans of the Illinois Fighting Illini are the lustry numbers for offensive lineman Jeff Allen:

School: Illinois

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 335

Arm: 33 1/2

Allen, a senior tackle, is projected by some analysts to get somewhere around the 4th round in the upcoming draft. Amazingly, at the sizable weight of 307 pounds, Allen actually checks in as one of the lighter linemen present. As a whole, the group is averaging about 314 pounds with no one shorter than 6'1".

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