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Injuries haven't slowed Tennessee's Allen

There are four new players on this week's Top 25 Big Board, and all four of them are defensive backs: Ohio State's Donte Whitner, South Carolina's Johnathan Joseph, Tennessee's Jason Allen and Florida State's Antonio Cromartie.

Allen could very well have been a top-10 pick before suffering a season-ending hip injury as a senior. Despite missing the last six games of 2005, Allen has made a strong comeback during his rehabilitation, and right now I am projecting him to go 18th overall to the Dallas Cowboys.

While Allen played in 2005, Cromartie has not played since 2004. He missed all of last season with a knee injury, but that hasn't hurt his draft stock. Cromartie had tremendous individual workouts and has incredible size for a cornerback at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds. I have Cromartie going to Tampa Bay with the 23rd pick.

My entire Big Board: