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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Jason Allen

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 209 | College: Tennessee
 
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Overview

Teams looking for a versatile pass defender with long arms, great leaping ability, ball-hawking playmaking skills and great size are keeping close tabs on the steady progress Allen is making in recovering from a dislocated hip suffered during the 2005 season.

Allen was sorely missed on the football field by the team, not only for his steady production but also for his leadership. Without Allen in the lineup, the Volunteers experienced their first losing season of the Phillip Fulmer era (1992-present) and their first sub-.500 year since the 1988 campaign.

Allen was an All-American selection by Super Prep, Prep Star and Borderwars.com as a senior at Muscle Shoals High School. He was twice named to the Class 5A All-State team as a running back and chosen Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year. He was rated the best player in Alabama by Birmingham News and Mobile Register and selected the Class 5A Back of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. As senior, he rushed for 1,740 yards and 21 touchdowns, adding 378 yards and three scores receiving.

Allen graduated from high school and enrolled at Tennessee in time for the 2002 Winter Quarter. He saw minimal action while adjusting to the defensive backfield as a true freshman. He finished the 2002 campaign with only five tackles (3 solos). Allen started the team's final eight contests at right cornerback in 2003. He posted 57 tackles (43 solos) with a stop for a loss and a forced fumble. He deflected eleven passes, intercepted two others and blocked a kick.

Allen was named to the Associated Press All-American third-team in 2004. He opened the season at right cornerback before shifting to free safety for the rest of the year. Allen led the team with a career-high 123 tackles (88 solos), including two sacks and three stops behind the line of scrimmage. He recovered one fumble and caused three others. He had two interceptions and batted away five passes.

Allen shifted back to right cornerback for his final season. He collected 35 tackles (28 solos) with a sack and three stops for losses while causing a fumble and deflecting two passes. A hip dislocation just before halftime of the Georgia contest would see Allen's season come to an abrupt end.

In 43 games at Tennessee, Allen started twelve times at free safety and fourteen times at right cornerback. He registered 220 tackles (162 solos) with three sacks for minus-25 yards and seven stops for losses of 35 yards. He caused five fumbles, recovered another and blocked a kick. He deflected eighteen passes and returned four interceptions for 24 yards.

Analysis

Positives: Well-built athlete with long limbs, lean muscle tone and explosive moves … Has loose hips to turn and run coming out of his backpedal … Stays in control in man coverage and has no trouble with his speed in attempts to mirror tight ends … Can press, turn and trail effectively vs. wide receivers on deep routes … Side shuffles quite a bit in his backpedal, but has above average foot quickness and control out of his breaks … His plant-and-drive agility allows him to generate explosive acceleration when closing … Has the range to cover ground from sideline-to-sideline, demonstrating the second gear needed to recover and make up ground going deep … Uses his size well to combat receivers for the ball and has the natural hands and ball skills to adjust and maintain position tracking the ball in flight … Thanks to his experience on offense during his prep days, he easily catches the ball outside his frame … Punishing tackler who charges hard to close in run support and is not timid taking on blockers in the box … Stays low in his pads and hits with good pop on contact … Has the strength to stack and control, showing the ability to split double teams when trying to apply pocket pressure.

Negatives: Has a history of shoulder problems and while he has made steady progress recovering from his dislocated left hip, he has yet to put on the pads to see if the injury can stand up to constant pounding … Slow to recognize plays, but shows good urgency to close once he locates the ball … Needs to refine his backpedal technique (eliminate the side shuffle), but does have the speed to recover … Best in man coverage, as he is sometimes influenced by play-action and makes decisions late, getting caught out of position before he can react … Has very good timed speed, but struggles a bit to maintain position when trying to cover on the perimeter … Makes too many recognition errors working in the zone … Must settle on one position so he can work on technique refinement in that area.

Allen is a physical tackler with above average timed speed. He has the hip snap and speed to compensate for a marginal backpedal technique (uses a side shuffle) and does not take wasted steps transitioning out. With his long legs, he can cover ground quickly and has a quick short area burst to close on the ball.

Allen lacks valid instincts and is influenced a bit by play-action working in the zone. He has the speed to cover the deep third of the field, but struggles to read the plays and looks hesitant at times handling the switch-off. When he tries to freelance in the zone, he will neglect his responsibilities.

Allen has no problems mirroring tight ends in the short area and does a good job of pressing and trailing receivers on long routes. When he peeks into the backfield, he will get in trouble in man coverage, but he has more than enough quickness to recover.

Allen gets a good break on the ball and times his leaps well, using his size to combat the bigger receivers going up for the pass. He has the natural ball skills to challenge the opponent and soft hands to reach and pluck the ball. Few defensive backs can get to the high point of the pass like Allen can.

In run support, Allen knows his assignments and is a big hitter who is capable of facing up, wrapping and tackling with good power behind his hits. He takes good angles to close and uses his hands well to play off blocks.

Because of the hip injury, Allen is sort of in a Catch-22. He showed that he was recovering nicely at the Combine and performed well in most drills. However, until he puts on the pads again, you can never tell if his hip will hold up to NFL pounding.

Career Notes

Recorded 220 tackles during his career … His 123 tackles in 2004 was the most in a season by a Tennessee defensive back and the most by any Volunteer defender since linebacker Keith DeLong totaled 159 in 1988.

2005 Season

Shifted back to right cornerback, starting the team's first five games … Suffered a left hip dislocation just before halftime vs. Georgia and did not play the rest of the year … Made 35 tackles (28 solos) with a 10-yard sack and three stops for losses of 15 yards … Caused a fumble and deflected two passes.

2005 Game Analysis

Alabama-Birmingham … Opened the season in explosive fashion, racking up fourteen tackles (13 solos), a pass deflection and a stop behind the line of scrimmage … Took down fullback Dan Burks for a 1-yard loss on a run off left tackle midway through the first quarter … Forced UAB to punt at the start of the second quarter when Allen took down QB Darrell Hackney on a third-and-9 run that netted 2 yards … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Carl Duncan-One catch for 11 yards.

Florida … Produced four hits (3 solos) and sacked QB Chris Leaks for a 10-yard loss on a third-and-20 play early in the first quarter … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Chad Jackson-Eight catches for 53 yards.

Louisiana State … Followed with eight tackles (4 solos) and caused a fumble when he dragged down tailback Joseph Addai on a 5-yard run. Cornerback Jonathan Wade recovered the ball at the UT 28 with 4:29 left in the first half … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Skyler Green-Two catches for 20 yards.

Mississippi … Posted seven tackles (6 solos), including one that stopped Taye Biddle for a 4-yard loss on a reverse early in the fourth quarter … That play made up for Allen's 10-yard holding penalty vs. Biddle on a pass thrown by QB Michael Spurlock midway through the third quarter … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Taye Biddle-Four catches for 52 yards.

Georgia … Made a pair of solo tackles before Bulldogs tight end Leonard Pope rolled over Allen on a play before halftime. Allen was carted off the field and diagnosed with a left hip dislocation. He consulted several physicians and it was determined that rehabilitation rather than surgery was the best course of action.

2004 Season

Earned All-American second-team honors from The NFL Draft Report and third-team accolades from the Associated Press … Consensus All-SEC second-team choice … Semi-finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award … Named Walter Camp Foundation National Player of the Week vs. Alabama … Set a school season-record for defensive backs, as he led the team with 123 tackles (88 solos) … Added two sacks for minus 15 yards and three stops for losses of 19 yards … Caused three fumbles and recovered another … Deflected five passes and intercepted two others for 4 yards in returns … Started the season opener vs. Nevada-Las Vegas at right cornerback and then shifted to free safety for the final twelve contests.

2004 Game Analysis

Nevada-Las Vegas … Opened the season with five solo tackles.

Florida … Back at safety, Allen responded with fourteen tackles (8 solos), as he sacked QB Chris Leak for a 4-yard loss and picked off a pass.

Louisiana Tech … Totaled ten hits (8 solos), as he sacked QB Matt Kubik for an 11-yard loss and stopped tailback Ryan Moats for minus 4 yards.

Auburn … Collected fourteen tackles (10 solos).

Mississippi … Was in on seven hits (5 solos) and deflected a pass … Took down Bill Flowers on a 10-yard reception at the start of the third quarter, causing a fumble that Allen recovered.

Alabama … Posted fifteen tackles (10 solos) and batted away a pass.

South Carolina … Had another fifteen tackles (12 solos) and caused a fumble with 3:38 to play when he crashed into receiver Matthew Thomas on a 21-yard catch.

Notre Dame … Batted away a pass and delivered ten hits (6 solos).

Vanderbilt … Followed with nine tackles (7 solos) and intercepted a Jay Cutler third-and-12 pass in the third quarter, returning the ball 4 yards to set up a 5-yard touchdown pass from Vols QB Rick Clausen to Jayson Swain.

Kentucky … Came up with ten tackles (9 solos).

Auburn (SEC Championship) … In the second meeting between these two teams in 2005, Allen totaled six tackles (2 solos).

Texas A&M (Cotton Bowl) … Had five tackles (4 solos) and caused a fumble when he took down receiver Terrence Murphy on a 15-yard catch late in the third quarter, as linebacker Allen Mitchell recovered the ball at the UT 7.

2003 Season

Started the team's final eight games at right cornerback … Finished seventh on the team with 57 tackles (43 solos), including a stop for a 1-yard loss … Caused a fumble and blocked a kick … Had eleven pass deflections and two interceptions for 20 yards in returns.

2003 Game Analysis

Marshall … Made one solo tackle with a pass break-up and returned his first career interception 23 yards.

Florida … Intercepted a pass and deflected another.

Georgia … Blocked a field goal attempt in his first career start.

Alabama … Followed with twelve tackles (10 solos) and two pass deflections.

Miami … Caused a fumble, delivered eleven hits (9 solos) and batted away a pass.

Clemson (Peach Bowl) … Had a pair of pass break-ups and eight tackles (6 solos).

2002 Season

Appeared in twelve games as a true freshman … Finished with five tackles … Made two hits vs. South Carolina and had one tackle in each of the Wyoming, Vanderbilt and Kentucky contests.

Injury Report

2005: Underwent shoulder surgery after the 2005 Cotton Bowl vs. Texas A&M … Suffered a left hip dislocation when Georgia tight end Leonard Pope rolled over Allen on a play just before halftime (10/23). Allen was carted off the field and taken to the hospital, and would not return to the field for the team's final six contests.

Agility Tests

Combine: 4.41 in the 40-yard dash … 2.56 20-yard dash … 1.51 10-yard dash … Bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times … 3.81 20-yard shuttle … 11.17 60-yard shuttle … 6.75 three-cone drill …

39.5-inch vertical jump … 10'11" broad jump … 31 -inch arm length … 8-inch hands.

High School

Attended Muscle Shoals (Ala.) High School, playing for head coach Cody Keene … All-American selection by Super Prep, Prep Star and Borderwars.com as a senior … Twice named to the Class 5A All-State team as a running back and chosen Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year … Rated the best player in Alabama by Birmingham News and Mobile Register and selected the Class 5A Back of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association … As senior, he rushed for 1,740 yards and 21 touchdowns, adding 378 yards and three scores receiving.

Personal

Graduated in December 2004 with a degree in Sports Management … Born Jason Jamar Allen on 7/05/83 … Resides in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

 
 

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