Tag:Cortez Allen
Posted on: February 2, 2011 1:33 pm
 

NFL releases official Combine list

National Football Scouting, the agency that works with the NFL in the colossal undertaking of organizing the annual Combine, has released the list of the players invited to this year's event.

The full list can be seen here. The list includes underclassmen, as well as several seniors who were given late invitiations based on strong performances during senior all-star games.

Some of the late-invite seniors include cornerback Cortez Allen from The Citadel, Ohio State guard Justin Boren, Appalachian State safety Mark LeGree and North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates, among others.

Senior Analyst Chad Reuter highlighted some of the biggest Combine snubs in this article.
Posted on: January 17, 2011 7:18 pm
 

All-stars with everything on the line- CB Allen

Continuing my theme of the week on players I believe could significantly alter their stock with a strong performance in the upcoming all-star games , I present to you cornerback Cortez Allen of The Citadel who practiced today with the West Team at the East-West Shrine Game in Orlando, Florida.

At 6'2, 195 pounds, Allen has rare size for the cornerback position. He's been a standout at The Citadel throughout his career and with so many of the top small school prospects in recent years having played cornerback, scouts from every team in the league have come to see him.

Quite honestly, I wasn't terribly impressed with Allen's play when I had the opportunity to watch him on tape this year. Like many corners his size, he struggled flipping his hips and didn't appear to possess the burst out of his breaks that I feel is necessary to be effective in coverage against NFL-caliber receivers. I didn't see a cornerback particularly interested in supporting the run, either.

However, this wasn't against lesser competition. Sometimes players at the lower levels trick you, as they've rarely been forced to push themselves against subpar competition. Allen has earned all-conference (SoCon) after each of his two seasons as a full-time starter.

Clearly, Allen has the size and athleticism that coaches can't give players. A strong performance this week at the East-West Shrine game could answer questions that I -- and more importantly, NFL scouts -- have about his game.

The East-West Shrine Game is scheduled for Saturday at 4:00 pm EST. The game will be televised by The NFL Network.

For the best in NFL Draft coverage, including daily practice reports from the Shrine Game, check out NFLDraftScout.com .
Posted on: September 13, 2010 9:58 pm
 

Diamond in the Rough -- SDSU WR Vincent Brown

As I mentioned in my last post, we thought that the Player of the Week and Diamond in the Rough deserved more acknowledgement than they received in the past as part of our Draft Slant coverage. Thus, each Monday I'll highlight the award recipients here on the blog.

Player of the Week, along with The Diamond in the Rough (small school prospect), used to be features of Draft Slant . This PDF file can be purchased as an individual issue or one can purchase the entire year (16 issues). Or, if you just want to see an example, you can download this free sample of Week One here .

I considered several prospects for Diamond in the Rough this week. One strong candidate was cornerback Cortez Allen from The Citadel, who enjoyed a strong game against Arizona. Considering James Madison's stunning upset of Virginia Tech, I'm looking forward to breaking down that film, as well.

However, as I scouted New Mexico cornerback Galen House Saturday (he'll be featured in this week's issue of Draft Slant), I couldn't help but be impressed by the all-around game of San Diego State Aztec wideout Vincent Brown. With the opportunity to scout both legitimate NFL prospects head to head, it was just too much to pass up, even if the Aztecs of the Mountain West Conference won't qualify for some as a true "small school." Regardless of your feeling on that particular debate, Brown, currently rated by NFLDraftScout.com as a 4th-5th round pick, deserves recognition.

Diamond in the Rough -- September 11, 2010
WR Vincent Brown, San Diego State 6-0 / 195 / 4.52
-- opponent New Mexico State
 
One of ten semifinalists for the coveted Biletnikof Award last year, Brown caught 45 passes for 778 yards and six touchdowns. Those might not sound like the type of numbers that would typically earn recognition as the nation's most prolific wide receiver -- until you realize that Brown's production came in just over six games. Brown began the 2009 season with touchdown receptions in his first five games and at least 100 receiving yards in his first four contests. He was sidelined with a season-ending thumb injury early in the Aztecs' seventh game of the year (Colorado State). Brown started slowly in 2010, catching "only" five passes for 39 yards in a 47-0 thumping of Nicholls State. Despite First-Team All-WAC cornerback Galen House shadowing him for much of their matchup Saturday night, Brown proved back to his playmaking self, snatching another five passes for 99 yards. Brown has good size and isn't afraid to use it or his strength to help escape the jam. He shows good foot quickness and lateral agility to generate separation in the short to intermediate routes and has the straight-line speed to attack deep. I was also impressed with Brown's hands and toughness. Brown showed the ability to extend and snatch the ball out of the air; showing these skills when making his most impressive catch of the game while going over the middle in the second quarter. Earlier in the game he'd made his most productive grab (55 yards) by beating three Aggie defenders (including House) deep on a trick play. Aztec junior quarterback Ryan Lindley, himself a talent to keep an eye on, handed the ball off and ran left -- to have the ball thrown back to him -- where he unloaded the long strike to Brown. Despite Brown's success as a receiver, the Aztecs rode a strong ground game to their victory over the Aggies. Running back Ronnie Hillman's 150 rushing yards and four touchdowns certainly stole the show, but Brown was a factor as a downfield blocker, proving to be a more well-rounded wideout than most "small school" receivers.


 
 
 
 
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