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Jeff Allen

Jeff Allen - #71 - OG-OT

Height: 6-3 7/8
Weight: 307
Speed: 5.23
Arm: 33 1/2
Hand: 10
Wingspan: 80 3/8
Birthdate: 01/08/1990
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Grade: 5.85


Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/06/2012 Illinois Pro Day 6-4 1/8 310 10 32 3/4 80 3/8 4.79 7.57
02/29/2012 Combine 6-3 7/8 307 10 33 1/2 80 3/8 5.18 26 8'6" 27 1/2 4.92 8.02
01/23/2012 Senior Bowl 6-4 306 10 1/8 33 1/4 80 3/8
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 6-4 1/4 306 10 1/8 32 1/2 79 3/8 5.30



Uncle, Shon Williams, played football at Miami (Fla.). Allen was a four-year varsity starter as an Illinois prep. Enrolled early in January of 2008. Appeared in 11 games as a true freshman that fall, starting the last nine games at right tackle. Flipped sides in ’09 and started all 12 games at left tackle. Helped pave the way for the Big Ten’s top rushing offense as a team captain in ’10, making 13 starts at the weak-side tackle spot. Started all 13 games again on the weak side in ’11, finishing his career with 47 consecutive starts. Received the Illini’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman award the past two years. 


Natural bender with outstanding recovery quickness, lateral agility and balance to mirror and sustain — is seldom on the ground or beaten in pass protection. Plays with a very solid base. Throws his hips in the hole and wins with quickness at the snap. Controls defenders with his hands. Is athletic running the field and can connect on the second level. Good football intelligence. Quick learner. Flipped sides and has proven he can play in a left- or right-hand stance. Versatility is a big plus — can play either tackle position and has the quickness to handle movement on the inside. Solid character. Very committed, dedicated approach — has not missed a practice or game. Is a tough, durable, hardworking four-year starter.


Does not look the part — is knock-kneed, fleshy-bodied and pear-shaped. Lacks ideal height and arm length for the outside. Not a nasty finisher or fiery run blocker. Not strong-handed or violent with his punch. Tends to set tall and catches a lot. Undisciplined eyes — late to see and adjust to some stunts. Conditioning has been a concern, and diet might require some additional monitoring.


A model of consistency on and off the field, Allen makes the game look easy and is one of the best pure pass protectors in this year’s draft, with unique balance, coordination and agility to warrant late-first-round consideration as a left tackle prospect. Versatility, football smarts and durability could allow him to start immediately and play at a high level for the next 10 years.

Jeff Allen's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
7.01-9.00Top 10

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