- AProjectionRound 1
- Hand8 ¾
- Arm33 ½
Strong Points: Very good size and athleticism. Runs well and has very good change of direction. Explosive. Quick off the ball, stays low and can redirect with his pass rush. Gets under his opponent. Chases and gets to the ball from the back side. Good drop and shows awareness in coverage. Very productive 2018 season. Quick to read and react -- good instincts. Strong run defender who is quick to shed and easily holds the point. Going into his senior year, Allen needed to add strength, get off blocks quicker and play with better down-after-down consistency. Mission accomplished.
Weak Points: Had had many coming into 2018 but turned most of them into strengths. Still room to improve his pass-rush repertoire. Might need to get a little bigger and stronger.
The Way We See It: I wrote Allen up last August and I saw a lot of holes in his game. I felt at that time he was a Day 2 talent. He needed to get stronger, use his hands better and play at a more consistent level. He improved in all of those areas, even flashing dominance at times. A fourth-year senior and perfect example of why staying in school for four years is important for some prospects. Allen has become a complete player who will come in and start right away on the edge. Can play in any scheme, and his pass-rush skills will get him on the field right away.
Hub Arkush: At this year's Combine in Indianapolis when we asked offensive linemen and running backs that the best defender they faced in college was at least half a dozen from all over the SEC and Big 12 named Allen. At 6-5, 258 Allen is a freakish athlete, huge in the upper body but very loose in the hips and a natural edge-bender. He will need to do it more at the next level but he has the traits to be effective dropping into coverage as well. Allen is a solid run defender that often is relentless in pursuit and appears able to line up almost anywhere in a 3-4 or 4-3 front seven except for inside linebacker. He has not always been as physical as you'd like and he clearly has the size but will need to get stronger and nastier at the next level.
Best Fit: Jets, Packers, Panthers, Titans, Ravens
Red Flags: Lacks bulk and strength. Needs more moves, relies too much on speed.
NFL Comp: Leonard Floyd, Vic Beasley