For the last several years, I have wanted nothing more than to see my favorite NFL team draft or even sign an Illinois player. I have finally had my prayers answered.
After going undrafted this weekend, former Fighting Illini wide receiver Geronimo Allison inked a free agent deal with the Green Bay Packers. Despite some weaknesses in his game, the talented wideout may be an option for the Packers and their high-octane offense next season.
Allison, who was Illinois' leading receiver in 2015 (he had just a hair under 900 yards) looks to be set up nicely to succeed with Green Bay. The top tier of the Packers' receiving corps is pretty much set with Jorday Nelson, Randall Cobb, and Davante Adams, but there may be room for Allison as a backup option and deep threat.
If Allison is able to secure a spot as the 5th or 6th option on the team, there's a good chance he'll see the field since the Packers like to throw the ball all over the field. Also, I have to imagine that joining a team with a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers will not be too upsetting for the incoming rookie.
Allison has the potential to become a solid receiver in the NFL, and he's joining a great situation in Green Bay.
Congrats Geronimo, Illini Nation is rooting for you! (even the Bears fans).