2017 NFL Draft

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Dwayne Allen

| | College: Clemson
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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.

NFL Comparison: Alge Crumpler - Atlanta Falcons, Titans, Pats

--Brad Noel

Career Notes

Allen redshirted the 2008 season, then lettered from 2009-11. He finished his career with 93 receptions for 1,079 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 93 receptions and 12 touchdowns tied the Clemson career record for a tight end. John McMakin, who played for the Tigers from 1969-71 and later for the Pittsburgh Steelers, also had 93 receptions and 12 touchdowns. Allen was named first-team All-American by Associated Press, the Football Writers Association, ESPN.com, Si.com and Phil Steele and was a second-team selection by CBSsports.com. He was the first Clemson tight end to make an All-America team since Bennie Cunningham in 1975. Allen was a first-team All-ACC selection as well. He caught at least one pass in every game this year and in 26 of his last 27 games over two seasons. The Discover Orange Bowl against West Virginia was his 28th consecutive start.

2011 Season

Allen finished the year with 50 receptions for 598 yards and eight touchdowns, helping Clemson to its first ACC Championship in 20 years. He established Clemson single season records for all three statistics for a tight end. The 598 receiving yards were fifth most in ACC history for a tight end. His season included a pair of touchdown receptions from quarterback Tajh Boyd in the ACC Championship game victory over Virginia Tech on December 3.

2010 Season

One of 22 midseason candidates for the John Mackey Award … Second-Team All-ACC tight end who was third on the team in receptions (33) in 765 snaps over 13 games (13 starts) … Solid Rock Award winner among tight ends … his 33 catches set a school record by a sophomore tight end … totaled 373 receiving yards, third-most on the team … had at least one catch in 12 games … has 21 knockdown blocks, most among tight ends … had a touchdown catch against Presbyterian College … has had his best games on the road against good teams; he had five catches for 66 yards at #15 Auburn … had seven catches for 55 yards at North Carolina and seven catches for 57 yards at Boston College … team offensive player-of-the-game at Boston College by the coaches … top receiver in 2010 Spring Game with three catches for 81 yards, including a 35-yard catch from Tajh Boyd.

2009 Season

Had a big impact on the overtime win at Miami (FL) when he had four catches for 36 yards … played 39 plays in starting role in that upset win … played in all 14 games and had six starts, so he is considered a returning starter for 2010 season … had touchdown catches in the regular season against Georgia Tech (9 yards), Florida State (17 yards) and Virginia (16 yards) … had at least one catch in seven different games … first career catch went for a touchdown at Georgia Tech … played at least 16 snaps in every game and averaged 26 plays per game for the year … played 25 snaps against Kentucky in the Music City Bowl … had starts against Middle Tennessee, Boston College, Wake Forest, Miami (FL), South Carolina and Kentucky.

2008 Season


High School

National top-100 player according to ESPN.com … #83 player in the nation by ESPN.com, including #3 tight end in the nation … four-star prospect by both Scout.com and Rivals.com … #3 tight end in the nation according to Rivals.com and #8 tight end according to Scout.com … #5 player in North Carolina according to Rivals.com … had 68 receptions for 1,257 yards (18.5 yards per catch) in his career at Terry Sanford High School … had 27 receptions for 291 yards and five touchdowns during his senior season … had 25 receptions for 551 yards in his junior season … standout basketball player who was named most improved on the team … coached by Wayne Inman at Terry Sanford High School … recruited by Chris Rumph … chose Clemson over Florida State, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech.


Born Feb. 24, 1990 … majoring in biological sciences.


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