Overview
 
Allen is an inside linebacker with good toughness and intangibles but lacks the speed and instincts teams look for in the middle. He plays with good short-area quickness and a willingness to stick his nose into oncoming traffic in order to leverage his gap and set his teammates up for success. With adequate athleticism and the potential to become a core special teamer, Allen could hear his name called in the later rounds of the draft.
 
Strengths
  • Redeemed himself after facing tremendous personal adversity
  • Elected team captain in both years after his return to the program
  • Coachable and leads by example with team-first approach
  • Feet are active and ready post-snap
  • Rushes downhill, attacking pull and iso blocks to leverage gap and do his part for the scheme
  • Adequate short-area burst to scrape
  • Consistent to sink and explode through ball carriers as tackler
  • Well-conditioned and doesn't fatigue easily in up-tempo conference
  • Comfortable dropping in space and mirroring quarterback's eyes
  • Soft hands with four career interceptions.
 
Weaknesses
  • Instincts need work from the middle
  • Misses opportunities to go gap-shooting for the tackle for loss
  • More race than pace in flow to the football
  • Runs to a spot rather than feeling the ball-carrier's intentions
  • Over-commits and misses potential run fits
  • Below-average slipping and disengaging from blocks
  • Missing big closing burst in sideline-to-sideline pursuit
  • Chomps on play-fakes and gets baited out of position
 
By Lance Zierlein (NFL.COM)
 
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