04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Colts picks: 3/64 - Dwayne Allen, TE, 6-4, 255, Clemson...Mackey Award winner in 2011 as the nation's best collegiate tight end. Physical player with a "mean streak" according to Colts general manager Ryan Grigson. - The Sports Xchange
Allen has all the positives and negatives that come from being a former basketball standout.
The positives include great body control and big, soft, reliable hands as a receiver. The negatives are a lack of great speed or the ballast necessary to be an overwhelming blocker.
Allen accentuated the positives in a complicated, pro-type offense at Clemson and won the 2011 John Mackey Award as best tight end in the country. Last season he caught 50 passes for 598 yards and eight touchdowns after a 2010 season in which he grabbed 33 for 373 and one TD.
Allen doesn't have the blazing speed to stretch the field at the seams, but he has plenty of quickness and agility to be a real pest on short and intermediate patterns. He is an alert, hard-working, well-rounded athlete who gives up his body to do whatever is necessary.
After being timed in a disappointing 4.89 seconds for 40-yards at the Scouting Combine, Allen surprised scouts by not trying to improve that at his pro day, saying, "I'm not a track guy, I am a football player. Just watch me on film. I play faster."
Release: Comes off the snap quick, low and hard. Runs low and accelerates quickly. Can effectively place a block on a pass rusher before starting route by sinking fluid hips and delivering a punch. Is strong enough to beat jams.
Hands: Has extremely good, soft, natural hands. Consistently makes the clean catch. Quickly secures and protects the ball. Tracks the ball well and adjusts to off-target throws. Catches well in traffic, shields the ball from defenders with frame, and holds on despite being hit. Will fully extend, snatch, and stay in bounds.
Route Running: Runs precise routes with mostly crisp cuts. Very difficult to cover, gets separation consistently. Turns and accelerates though top speed is good but not elite.
After the Catch: Powerful open-field runner with agility, quickness, and a decent stiff arm. Can break tackles, run through defensive back tackle attempts and convert short passes into long gains.
Blocking: Knee-bend and technique are good and he shows decent power when his hands hit the target. Blocks effectively on the move and downfield. High-cut frame and limited power in hands prevent a top blocking grade. Will never be a dominant blocker because of frame. Can be bull-rushed by strong defenders who get lower and use leverage.
Intangibles: Appears to be a very hard working prospect, takes football extremely seriously and wants to be great. Very durable. Played a major role in a sophisticated college offense that used NFL-style scheme.
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