This is our Dwayne Allen Scouting report. Allen has emerged as the best tight end prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft class. Allen is a dual threat tight end, probably the best one since Brandon Pettigrew. Let’s break him down. For all of our other scouting reports click here
6’3 255 pounds, 33 inch arm length, 9 5/8 inch hands
4.89 forty yard dash, 27 bench press reps, 32 inch vertical jump, 111 inch broad jump, 7.12 3 cone drill, 4.37 20 yard shuttle, 12.07 60 yard shuttle
Stats (CFB stats.com)
NFLmocks Preseason Bio
Allen is an emerging tight end prospect who had a pretty solid sophomore season following a freshman campaign where he caught three touchdown passes. Last year, he finished third on the team with 33 receptions and had 373 yards and a touchdown through the air. He’s a pretty good receiver but more of an outlet than a primary target in the passing game, and he really excels in blocking. He has the potential to be a “five tool” type of player at the tight end position, and you’ve seen flashes if you watch any Clemson games. He will still drop passes here or there, but the size and potential are there for him to be a good NFL player.
Best two way tight end prospect since Brandon Pettigrew…Good blocker…used a lot as a fullback in the blocking game, which showcases his ability to block in space…does a good job shielding defenders to go up and make a play for the ball…can make some acrobatic catches…runs good routes…catches ball at it’s highest point…hard worker, has improved by leaps and pounds each year…pretty good speed…athletic…solid route runner..in two words the best way to describe Allen is “body control”
drops some easy passes…doesn’t create a ton of yardage after the catch…doesn’t create a world of separation off the snap, has pretty good speed, but maybe not dynamic straight line speed…
I’ve changed the player comparison a couple of times, but I think I’m finally onto one I like. He reminds me a lot of what Chris Cooley can do, and that’s a great thing for who ever drafts him.
I say that Allen is the best two way tight end since Brandon Pettigrew because the top tight ends in most of the recent classes are filled with guys who could catch, but not really block well or could do both, but had extensive injury histories. Rudolph (last year) was a willing blocker, but not a great blocker. The other prospect who was a very good two way tight end prospect was Rob Gronkowski, but his stock was hurt significantly because of an injury history. It’s a sad state of things when you think about how few tight ends there are in the league who can block and catch equally effectively. Allen is still a better pass catcher than he is a blocker, but he’s a real plus blocker, especially in space.
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