Marcus Allen Draft Profile

Marcus Allen draft profile

Strengths:

  • Already plays the game with NFL-level aggression
  • Forceful striker willing to give his body up for the cause
  • Team captain and locker room favorite
  • Triggers downhill with full commitment once he diagnoses run
  • Worked to improve pattern reading by working with receiver Daesean Hamilton
  • Efforts to stay deeper than the deepest in single-high coverage
  • Can match up with tight ends in space
  • NFL bloodline: Curtis Martin’s nephew

Analysis: While Marcus Allen’s name reminds NFL fans of a former Hall of Famer who played for the Raiders and Chiefs, the Maryland native and top 30 safety prospect is actually the godson of another Hall of Fame back — Curtis Martin. A team captain and leader in the locker room, Allen was beloved by teammates and coaches. He loves the game and plays every snap as if it were his last. Big hitter who looks to punish ball carriers when he meets them with his pads. He commits downhill when he diagnoses run. He has the athletic ability for the most part to matchup with NFL tight ends at the next level. Has improved his coverage and pattern recognition with fellow teammate and future draft pick DaeSean Hamilton.

Weaknesses:

  • Lacks instincts and anticipation
  • Likes to see ball come out before making his jump
  • Has just one career interception and few passes broken up
  • Too many false steps in coverage
  • Lacks fluidity in space and change of direction in coverage is labored
  • Tight-hipped finisher with below average lateral agility and foot quickness to track late cuts by running back

Analysis: Marcus Allen is a punishing, downhill banger with good size and the attitude of a linebacker in run support. He’s a little limited in terms of his lateral movement and agility and is at his best when allowed to flow downhill. Tape appears to show a lack of long speed and his forty time seems to back that up. Allen’s game is a little limited, but he has the toughness and tackle production of a future starter who does his best work near the line of scrimmage. He lacks the instincts and anticipation scouts covet in safeties, but he does enough to still be effective. Tight-hipped throughout makes Allen struggle against cutbacks or agile ball carriers. He doesn’t have the production totals in coverage you would like, only one career interception and less than double-digit pass breakups.

What the scouts say: “If he doesn’t start early, he’ll be a star on coverage teams. He’s fearless and loves to hit. I’m concerned with his speed and we want our safeties to be better in coverage than he is. I think he’s a great fit as a nickel or dime linebacker in sub.” – AFC team regional scout

Size: 6’2 215lbs

Draft Grade: 3rd Round

NFL Comparison: Tashaun Gipson

Draft Projection: Round 3-5

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