2017 NFL Draft

Dwayne Allen, TE

School: Clemson  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Fayetteville, NC
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 255 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
Latest News
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

04/27/2012 - TE Dwayne Allen, Clemson -- And the Colts continue to shape the offense of the future to look a little bit like Tom Brady's twin-tight end attack in New England. Allen was the No. 2 tight end on the board behind Stanford Coby Fleener, the Colts' second-round pick.

04/26/2012 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 43. Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson: The 2011 Mackey Award winner as the nation's top tight end, Allen is actually a better all-around player than Stanford's Coby Fleener but at just 6-3, 255 pounds and possessing below average straight-line speed (4.89), he's more of a traditional tight end than the receiving specialists so en vogue in today's NFL. Allen won't out-run many NFL defensive backs to the end zone, but like former NFL standout Alge Crumpler, Allen should enjoy a long, productive career as a Do-Everything type. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/08/2012 - The main attraction was Allen, the record-setting tight end who had 50 catches and eight touchdowns last season. Allen gave up his senior season to turn pro. Allen doesn't care where he goes. "Hopefully, I'll land on a team that'll use me," he said. "That's all that matters." It's been a busy few months since Allen finished up Clemson's season in the Orange Bowl, turned pro and began training for the combine and pro day. He's ready for some down time. "It's been a long season," he said. "I haven't had time to heal." Allen didn't talk with the Jets coach this visit, but met him two weeks ago at the combine and was instantly charmed by him. Allen said he was just like others out there who judged Ryan by some of his headline-grabbing antics and comments. "When you meet him in person, you love this guy. He's great. I can definitely see how he gets his players to play for him," Allen said. So Allen's ready to become a Jet? "I can see myself with any team out there right now," Allen said with a laugh. - AP Sports

03/08/2012 - Clemson Pro Day: Top-ranked tight end Dwayne Allen didn't attract attention for what he did at Clemson's Pro Day on Thursday, but rather for what he didn't do. Allen, who clocked an unimpressive 4.89 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis last month, didn't even run the 40 this time. "I'm not a track guy - I'm a football player," Allen said. "Just watch me on film. If you watch me on film, I play way faster, and that's all that matters." Many of the 44 NFL personnel on hand for Allen's workout might agree, including New York Jets coach Rex Ryan, who met with Allen at the NFL Combine and was present again at Clemson. Allen, the reigning Mackey Award winner who is forgoing his senior season to enter the draft, still projects as one of if not the top tight end available. He had 50 catches, including eight for touchdowns, last season, and although he may not be the fastest straight-line runner, some consider him to be the best combination of size, speed, hands and blocking ability. - NFLDraftScout.com

02/24/2012 - Clemson redshirt junior Dwayne Allen is NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated tight end for the 2012 draft. He's likely to remain in that position after posting an impressive 27 reps in the bench press Friday and measuring in at a solid 6-3 (6031) and 255 pounds. The 27 reps would have tied Allen with Luke Stocker and Charlie Gantt as the position leader in 2011. Allen talked about his role in Clemson's offense. He was moved around a great deal in their offense, seeing time out wide, in the slot, at the traditional tight end position and playing behind the offensive tackle in a role Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris pegged as the "sniffer" position. "Coach Morris told me before the season that in his offense I could become the most versatile tight end in the country," Allen told me. "In winning the Mackey Award, I think I proved just that." Allen is planning to participate fully in the Combine, which could help him distance himself from Stanford's Coby Fleener, NFLDraftScout.com's No. 2 rated tight end, who won't be able to workout in Indianapolis due to a high ankle sprain. "I decided to just come out here and have fun," Allen said. "A lot of other guys are pulling out because of injuries and other reasons. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I dreamed about coming to the combine and competing, so now that the opportunity is here, nothing is going to hold me back." - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 33. *Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson, 6-4, 255, 1-2...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 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 a well-rounded athlete who gives up his body to do whatever is necessary, including in-line blocking, and is a very alert player. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

02/21/2012 - 2012 NFL COMBINE, PLAYERS WITH SOMETHING TO PROVE: Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson: The emergence of Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham as verifiable No. 1 targets in 2011 will have teams searching for similar matchup nightmares in the 2012 draft. Allen won the Mackey Award as the nation's top college tight end, but his position atop NFLDraftScout.com's rankings is far from secure with both Stanford's Coby Fleener and Georgia's Orson Charles nipping at his heels. Charles in particular is expected to put up exciting workout numbers. Allen's superior size and blocking won't matter if his closest competitors prove significantly more athletic at the combine. - NFLDraftScout.com

01/09/2012 - Clemson junior tight end Dwayne Allen announced Friday that he will enter the NFL draft in April and will not return to Clemson for the 2012 season. Allen was the consensus first-team All-America tight end and was the winner of the John Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end. "Never have I been more proud of a player's development than Dwayne Allen," said Head Coach Dabo Swinney. "Clemson has made a huge impact in his life and he has helped Clemson achieve at a level not seen in 20-plus years. Dwayne has a great future, and I fully support his decision to enter the NFL. I look forward to watching him continue his journey. He will be a great ambassador for Clemson for years to come." The native of Fayetteville, NC 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. - Clemson football

01/06/2012 - Clemson All-America tight end Dwayne Allen is heading to the NFL. The school said Friday night that Allen would give up his senior season to enter the draft. Allen had 50 catches for 598 yards and eight touchdowns, all single-season records for tight ends at Clemson. He helped the Tigers (10-4) win their first Atlantic Coast Conference championship in 20 years. Allen won the John Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end and was selected to the AP All-America first team this season. Allen, a redshirt junior, said he's feels ready to go pro after four years at Clemson. Allen caught a pass in 26 of his last 27 games. Underclassmen have until Jan. 18 to withdraw from the draft as long they haven't hired an agent. - AP Sports

01/04/2012 - BOWL HISTORY: Clemson if 16-17 all-time in bowl games, but the Tigers have lost in four of their last five bowl appearances. Clemson has been to a bowl for seven consecutive years. PLAYERS TO WATCH: TE Dwayne Allen continues to break school records while raising his NFL stock. He's just a junior, but his play this season has pro scouts drooling and Allen pondering an early paycheck. Allen has a receiver's moves and speed in a tight end's body, and the 6-4, 255-pounder put his skills on display in the ACC Championship, catching a pair of touchdown passes to break the school record of seven held by Bennie Cunningham. Like Hopkins, Allen is overlooked thanks to the Tigers' other offensive threats and traditionally has played well in big games, which really increases his value in a game such as the Orange Bowl. - The Sports Xchange

12/08/2011 - 2011 JOHN MACKEY AWARD WINNER (BEST TIGHT END): Clemson junior tight end Dwayne Allen was the recipient of the John Mackey Award Thursday evening at the Home Depot College Football Awards show in Orlando, FL. Allen is the first Clemson offensive player to win a national position award. Allen won the award over finalists Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame and Orson Charles of Georgia. The Clemson tight end had 48 receptions for 577 yards and eight touchdowns this year in helping the Tigers to their first ACC Championship in 20 years. His reception total, reception yards and touchdowns were Clemson single season records for a tight end. He had two touchdown receptions in the ACC Championship game against Virginia Tech, helping the Tigers to a 38-10 victory. "This is a great honor," said Dwayne Allen. "This is a dream come true. Ever since I found out there was an award for the best tight end it has been a goal to win the John Mackey award. "I want to thank Head Coach Dabo Swinney, my position coach Danny Pearman, offensive coordinator Chad Morris and all of my teammates. They have all had a great impact on our success this year and they are the reason I am here (in Orlando) tonight. His two touchdown catches gave him one more than former Pittsburgh Steeler great Bennie Cunningham had in 1974 when he was named a first-team All-American. - Clemson football

12/08/2011 - 2011 JOHN MACKEY AWARD FINALIST (BEST TIGHT END): Dwayne Allen, Clemson, Jr...Allen was named first-team All-ACC this year after being named second team last year as a sophomore. Allen has established Clemson records for receptions (46) and reception yards (545) for a tight end this year. He also has six touchdown receptions, second most in Clemson history by a tight end. - Clemson football

10/06/2011 - Clemson tight end Dwayne Allen was happy to be wrong about the Tigers' new offense. Allen did not think new offensive coordinator Chad Morris threw much to the tight end in the fast-paced scheme the Tigers switched to after hiring Morris last January. Morris told Allen to trust him and the offense would turn the 6-foot-4, 255-pound junior into one of the country's most versatile players. Morris has been a man of his word. Allen's a major reason why the Tigers are undefeated at 5-0 and ranked eighth in the country. He has shown the speed to get away from linebackers and the power to dust off smaller defensive backs as Clemson (2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) prepare to take on Boston College (1-4, 0-2) at Death Valley on Saturday. Allen has 18 catches for 291 yards and four touchdowns this season. He had a 32-yard scoring reception right after halftime last week as Clemson took control in a 23-3 win over Virginia Tech. "We're turning from an OK team to a good team," Allen said this week. But "our standard is the best, we want to be the best team in the country. It's a process and we've got to work at it." No one's worked harder at change the past few years than Allen. A mouthy young player when he arrived at Clemson in 2008, Allen acknowledged he was not a focused or poised as he should've been. He expected to play a significant role on the 2009 Tigers that reached the ACC title game as Atlantic Division champs, but largely sat behind that year's tight end star, Michael Palmer. Allen didn't know where he fit in and let that feeling linger into last season after Palmer had moved on to the NFL. "I was a high maintenance player," Allen said with a laugh. - AP Sports

09/21/2011 - Dwayne Allen of Clemson was named John Mackey Tight End of the Week by the Nassau County Sports Commission. The ACC Atlantic Division junior recorded seven receptions for 80 yards and a receiving touchdown. Allen's touchdown came when the team was down 21-7 in the second quarter igniting a 31-3 run as Clemson beat Auburn 38-24 to snap Auburn's 17 game win streak. Other candidates considered for this week's Mackey Tight End of the Week include Cooper Helfet of Duke and Orson Charles of Georgia. - Clemson football

09/09/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: TE Dwayne Allen could have a big day against Wofford, which will be intent on shutting down the Tigers' plethora of speedy receivers. This should allow big gaps in which Allen can operate, and the junior has shown a knack for finding open spaces. He had a 54-yard touchdown catch-and-run last week and will be looking for more this week. He's also deceptively quick a veritable receiver in a tight end's body. - The Sports Xchange

08/08/2011 - BREAKOUT STAR: Dwayne Allen, a junior tight end, admits that he was filled with uncertainty when he heard about Clemson's new offense under coordinator Chad Morris. But it didn't take Morris long to sell it to Allen, who last year had 33 catches for 373 yards and a touchdown. "I told him I think this offense fits him and can make him one of the most versatile players in the country," Morris said. "He wants the ball. I think he saw in spring that he's going to get the ball all he wants. We're going from 62 snaps a game to 80, 85 snaps, so there are going to be plenty of opportunities for Dwayne to have a great year." - The Sports Xchange

07/08/2011 - 2011 JOHN MACKEY AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Dwayne Allen, Clemson, Jr, is one of 34 tight ends named to the Mackey Award preseason watch list for the 2001 college football season by the Nassau County (N.Y.) Sports Commission. The Mackey Award, named for NFL Hall of Famer John Mackey, is presented annually to college football's most outstanding tight end. Allen had 33 catches for 373 yards and a touchdown in 2010. He was third on the team in receptions and his total was the most ever by a Clemson sophomore tight end. Allen, who was second-team All-ACC last year, had five catches for 66 yards against Auburn and a career-high seven receptions for 55 yards at North Carolina. Allen is one of five ACC players on the Mackey Watch List. The others are George Bryan of NC State, Cooper Helfet of Duke, Chris Pantale of Boston College and Colter Phillips of Virginia. - Clemson football


CBSSports Shop

Men's Nike Heathered Royal Denver Broncos Historic Logo Tri-Blend T-Shirt

NFL Nike Gear
Get your favorite team today!
Shop Now