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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Will Allen

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 318 | College: Texas
 
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Overview

Allen has been a valuable performer for the Longhorns, splitting time at guard and center during his career. He took over starting right guard duties as a junior and provided the team with a big, physical presence for its renowned running attack. He not only proved to be a capable drive blocker, but has also excelled in the classroom, earning Academic All-Big 12 Conference honors three times during his career.

Allen was a three-year starter on the offensive line at Cypress Falls High School. He earned second-team Texas Class 5A All-State after averaging six pancake blocks per game for one of the most productive offenses in the state as a senior. He was a finalist for the 2000 Houston Touchdown Club Player of the Year Award and earned first-team All-District 16-5A and All-Greater Houston honors. Allen added second-team All-District accolades as a junior.

Allen benefited from redshirting in 2001 at Texas, splitting time working at center and guard. He gained valuable experience as the Longhorns' top backup at center in 2002. He entered the fall of 2003 in a battle for the starting center position before a thumb injury in the preseason forced him to move to guard. He went on to play in 12 games and started the first 11 as a sophomore at right guard.

Allen started the first seven games of 2004 at right guard before missing the last four regular season games due to a knee injury. He returned to start the Rose Bowl and earned All-Big 12 Conference honorable mention. He started every game at right guard in 2005 and was selected third-team All-America by the Associated Press, adding first-team All-Big 12 honors. He finished his career having started 30 games at right guard.

Analysis

Positives: Has a wide frame with big legs, thick chest, wide hips and waist, big bubble and adequate overall muscle tone … Frame has the potential to add at least another 15 pounds of bulk … Tough, physical drive blocker with good balance on the move … Shows adequate knee bend and flexibility in his stance, doing a good job of keeping his pad level down … Has good nastiness in his game and will not back away from a confrontation … Has adequate pop on contact and uses his strong hands to grab and steer defenders away … Best working along the line, as he has the lower body strength to sit and anchor vs. a bull rush … In the short area, he has enough slide to recover … Compensates for a lack of speed by taking good angles on the short pull … Quick to pick up coverages and has the hand quickness to handle the snap from the center position.

Negatives: Has marginal speed and struggles to stay with the play moving upfield … Needs to do a better job of driving with his feet to create movement off the snap … Likes to grab too much and needs to generate better hand placement to sustain … Looks sluggish coming off the ball … Does not generate the leg drive to push the pile … Fails to get in front and locate linebackers when working in space.

Allen is versatile, with marginal speed and acceleration. Because of his quickness issues, he is ineffective on long pulls and appears to be too stiff in his hips to open up and fly downfield to neutralize linebackers. He has good hand speed to make a move to center and has enough knee bend to stay low in his pads.

He likes to catch and grab defenders to lock on and control, but needs to show better hand placement to battle counter moves. He is more of a post-and-steer type, trying to create a crease, and must do a better job of generating leg drive in order to get a good push off the snap. He shows good determination to finish blocks and plays with good aggression, just lacks overall athleticism.

Allen struggles to make contact working in space due to his poor foot speed. He can punch and shock defenders when he delivers his hands, but needs to do this with more consistency. He is best when asked to sit, anchor and control at the line of scrimmage, thus making a move to center seem almost too logical. He can be very effective when he keeps the action in front of him, but struggles too much vs. inside quickness and double moves to be considered a starting prospect at guard.

Career Notes

Has playing experience at guard and center, but all of his 30 starting assignments have come at right guard.

2005 Season

Selected third-team All-America by the Associated Press … Tabbed first-team All-Big 12 Conference by the league's coaches and second-team by the AP … Earned second-team Academic All-Big 12 honors … Started all year at right guard and was a key part of a line that had Texas ranked first in the nation in scoring offense (50.9 ppg), third in total offense (508.4 ypg) and third in rushing offense (273.8 ypg) … Cleared the way for Texas to set school single-season records in points scored (611) and total yards (6,101) … Texas was one of two teams (Southern California was the other) to average at least 50 points and 500 yards per game this season … Helped Texas score at least 40 points in 11 of 12 games, including a national-leading and school-record 10 straight games … Texas' 3,285 rushing yards this season are the ninth-most in school history … UT's six 300-yard games matched its total for 2004, which was the most since 1977 … Helped Texas produce 600 yards of total offense in a school-record three games … Finished with 62 knockdowns and 10 touchdown-resulting blocks, and allowed only one-half sack for the season.

2005 Game Analysis

Louisiana-Lafayette … Started the season by not allowing any tackles, sacks or pressures in each of Texas' first three games … Cleared a hole used by tailback Selvin Young to score the Longhorns' first touchdown of the season, from 8 yards out, as the offense piled up 591 yards … Head to Head Competition -- DT Marshall Delesdernier-No tackles.

Ohio State … Leveled linebacker Bobby Carpenter as QB Vince Young rolled out to find Billy Pittman with a 5-yard scoring pass and the offense went on to generate 270 passing yards … Head to Head Competition -- DT Marcus Green-No tackles.

Rice … Credited with five knockdowns … Upended defensive end Rob Daniel on a 10-yard scoring run around right end by Ramonce Taylor … Head to Head Competition -- DT DeJuan Cooper-No tackles

Missouri … Posted seven knockdowns, including one that leveled defensive end Brian Smith on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Vince Young to tailback Jamaal Charles in the second quarter, helping the offense amass 585 yards … Head to Head Competition -- DT Jamar Smith-Three tackles (2 solos).

Texas A&M … Was overwhelmed and pushed aside by defensive tackle Johnny Jolly and Michael Bennett as the A&M duo converged to sack QB Vince Young for a 12-yard loss … Allen also saw Jolly slip off his block to take down Ramonce Taylor for a 6-yard loss on a run at the start of the second quarter … Head to Head Competition -- DT Johnny Jolly-Seven tackles, 0.5 sacks for minus-6 yards, three stops for losses of 12 yards.

Colorado (Big 12 Championship) … Credited with seven knockdowns and took down defensive tackle Evan Judge to give Vince Young time to throw an 8-yard scoring pass to tight end David Thomas … Texas totaled 486 yards … Head to Head Competition -- DT Vaka Manupuna-One assisted tackle.

2004 Season

All-Big 12 Conference honorable mention … Second-team Academic All-Big 12 choice … Started the first seven games at right guard before missing the last four regular season games due to a left knee sprain … Returned to start vs. Michigan in the Rose Bowl … Was a key part of a line that cleared the way for Texas to rank second in the nation in rushing (299.2 ypg), seventh in total offense (464.4 ypg) and 12th in scoring (35.3 ppg) … Texas' 3,590 rushing yards was the third-highest total in school history … Finished with five touchdown-resulting blocks and 32 knockdowns.

2004 Game Analysis

North Texas … Leveled defensive end Tommy Harrison on a 16-yard touchdown run by tailback Selvin Young and collected six knockdowns as the offense generated 673 yards in the season opener.

Arkansas … Took down rush end Marcus Harrison on QB Vince Young's 13-yard scoring pass to tailback Cedric Benson that capped a 9-play, 72-yard drive in the third quarter, teaming with tackle Jonathan Scott on the play.

Missouri … Upended defensive tackle C.J. Mosley to spring Cedric Benson for a 14-yard touchdown run up the middle in the fourth quarter, helping the Longhorns generate 193 yards on the ground.

2003 Season

Played in 12 games and started the first 11 at right guard for the Longhorns … Was originally slated to play center, but he injured the thumb on his snapping hand during August camp … Shared UT's Most Improved Offensive Player Award … Helped an offense that ranked sixth in the nation in scoring offense (41.0 ppg) and eighth in rushing offense (232.5 ypg) … UT recorded four 300-yard rushing games and rushed for 3,023 yards … The team's 41 rushing touchdowns were the fourth-most nationally … Sat out the Texas A&M game with a left knee sprain.

2003 Game Analysis

Helped the offense gain 515 total yards at Rice … Cleared the way for the offense to post a season-high 578 yards at Iowa State … Helped the offense net 484 yards and four rushing touchdowns vs. Nebraska … Texas generated 502 yards vs. Oklahoma State, including 298 rushing yards, with five touchdowns on the ground.

2002 Season

First-team Academic All-Big 12 Conference selection … Saw action in eight games, including the Cotton Bowl, as center Jason Glynn's primary backup … Helped UT's offense rank fifth in the Big 12 and 16th in the NCAA in scoring offense (33.8 ppg) … Shared UT's Darrell K Royal Offensive Player of the Week honors after helping the offense pile up a season-high 569 total yards at North Carolina … Texas posted 477 total yards and 39:43 in time of possession vs. Houston and 450 yards vs. Baylor.

2001 Season

Redshirted as a freshman.

Injury Report

2003: Suffered a right thumb sprain (UCL) during August camp … Sat out the Texas A&M game (11/15) with a left knee medial collateral ligament sprain.

2004: Suffered a left knee medial collateral ligament sprain vs. Texas Tech (10/23), missing the next four games, vs. Colorado, Oklahoma State, Kansas and Texas A&M.

Agility Tests

Campus: 5.25 in the 40-yard dash … 32 -inch arm length … 10-inch hands.

High School

Attended Cypress Falls (Houston, Tex.) High School, playing football for head coach Wayne Hooks … Three-year starter on the offensive line … Earned second-team Texas Class 5A All-State after averaging six pancake blocks a game for one of the most productive offenses in the state as a senior … Finalist for the 2000 Houston Touchdown Club Player of the Year Award and earned first-team All-District 16-5A and All-Greater Houston honors … Added second-team All-District accolades as a junior.

Personal

Economics and Government major, earning Academic All-Big 12 Conference honors after the 2002, '04 and '05 seasons … Three-time member of UT's Athletics Director's Honor Roll … Active in UT's community service efforts … Regularly visits patients with his Longhorns teammates at the Austin Children's Hospital … Has been active in Houston community service groups (Young Life, Future Farmers of America) … Father, Bill, played football at Indiana … Born 2/04/83 in Fort Worth, Texas … Resides in Houston, Texas.

 
 

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