- AProjectionRound 1-2
- Hand10 ⅛
- Arm34 ¾
Strong Points: Very productive two-year starter (18.5 sacks). Played both inside and outside at BC. Good size and bulk. Powerful. Excellent snap reaction with an explosive first step. Very good hand use. Instinctive and finds ball. Wins most one-on–one situations. Relentless competitor who goes all out on every play. Equally good vs. run and pass.
Weak Points: Bit of a "tweener" -- too big to play outside at the NFL level and might be not quite big enough for inside. Overall production dropped from 2017 to 2018. Might not have the speed required to play outside.
The Way We See It: Allen is a fun guy to watch on tape, an all-out competitor on every snap. He mostly played outside for Boston College, but with a 6-foot-5, 285-pound frame, he will be an inside player at the next level. In 2017, his first year as a full-time starter, Allen recorded 100 total tackles. Last season, when he faced constant double-teams, his production dipped to 61 total tackles. Still, he was a consistent force requiring constant attention from opponents. Allen can be a 3-tech in 4-3 schemes and a 5-tech in most 3-4 defenses. Some ‘40' teams could also line him up at left end on base downs and move him inside on pass downs. With his skill set and competitive nature, Allen will be a contributor right away. He is the type of player who most coaches want on their team.