2017 NFL Draft

Denicos Allen, OLB

School: Michigan State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Hamilton, OH
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 225 lbs.
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04/21/2014 - Five players who should be on Cincinnati's draft radar: LB Denicos Allen, Michigan State: With James Harrison no longer on the roster, the Bengals will have a new SAM linebacker in 2013 and adding a player like Allen to compete for the job makes sense. He produced consistent numbers the past three seasons as a starter, leading the country's top-rated defense in tackles as a senior. Allen lacks ideal height and plays straight-linish, but his reaction time, play speed and nose for the ball stand out. He plays with a chip on his shoulder and is accustomed to proving doubters wrong, something I expect him to do in the NFL, at the very least on special teams coverages. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

02/17/2014 - 2014 NFL COMBINE SNUB: Safety - Denicos Allen, Michigan State...A key cog to the Spartan defense that won the Big Ten and Rose Bowl this past season, Allen played mostly linebacker at Michigan State but projects to more of a hybrid safety role at the next level. His "tweener" skill-set creates some concern, but he has the mental make-up and tenacity to play the run and drop in space. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (COACHES): Denicos Allen, Michigan State, Linebacker...Denicos Allen, who also earned second-team honors from the media in 2011, leads the Spartan defense in tackles (83), tackles for loss (15 for 55 yards) and production points (301). The 5-foot-11, 218-pound Allen also ranks second on the team in sacks (5.5 for 38). He has been credited with seven quarterback hurries and 15 QB hits. He was a second-team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media. - Michigan State football

12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): Denicos Allen, Michigan State, Linebacker...The Hamilton, Ohio, native ranks among MSU's all-time leaders in tackles for loss (third with 44.5) and sacks (sixth with 19.5). Allen has started 38 consecutive games at linebacker - the second-longest active streak on the team. - Michigan State football

11/04/2013 - WEEK 10 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Denicos Allen, Michigan State, Sr., LB, Hamilton, Ohio/Hamilton...Matched or recorded season highs with nine tackles, three stops for loss and two sacks in Michigan State's win over Michigan...Helped the Spartan defense hold Michigan to minus-48 yards rushing, the third-fewest in Spartan history and the fewest in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season.

Becomes the fourth different Michigan State defender to earn conference laurels this season, joining Max Bullough, Shilique Calhoun and Darqueze Dennard...Claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor after winning Special Teams honors as a freshman in 2010...Last Michigan State Defensive Player of the Week: Max Bullough (Oct. 21, 2013). - Big Ten football

11/03/2013 - WEEK 10 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: DENICOS ALLEN, MICHIGAN, Senior, Linebacker, Hamilton, OH/Hamilton...Linebacker Denicos Allen recorded nine tackles, including three for losses, and two quarterback sacks as 24th-ranked Michigan State defeated rival Michigan, 29-6. Allen's play led a Spartan defense that allowed just 168 yards of total offense, including minus-48 yards rushing. With the win, MSU improved to 8-1, 5-0 in the Big Ten. Allen is the second MSU player this season to garner Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week honors, joining defensive end Shilique Calhoun (September 9). Allen is the third Spartan overall to earn the honor since 2004. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

10/19/2013 - Denicos Allen returned a fumble 45 yards for a touchdown, and Michigan State's offense finally added an insurance score in the fourth quarter of a 14-0 win over Purdue on Saturday. The Spartans didn't make it past the Purdue 32-yard line until the fourth, when receiver Tony Lippett threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Gleichert on a trick play. Michigan State (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten Conference) remains atop the Legends Division but clearly has work to do with the toughest part of its schedule still to come. Purdue (1-6, 0-3) kept it close after being routed by Wisconsin and Nebraska in its first two conference games, but Paul Griggs missed two field goals.

The Spartans entered with the nation's top-ranked defense, and Allen opened the scoring in the second quarter with Michigan State's fifth defensive touchdown of the season. Max Bullough hit quarterback Danny Etling, the ball popped free, and Allen was able to scoop it up and score easily. Purdue converted a fourth down thanks to a penalty, which gave the Boilermakers the ball at the Michigan State 34 with 9 seconds left in the second quarter. That was as far into opposing territory as either team advanced the ball in the first half, but Griggs was short on a 51-yard field goal attempt. - AP Sports

09/11/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior linebacker Denicos Allen had a huge sophomore season in 2011, recording 11 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss. Those numbers dropped off last season when he had only three sacks and 10 tackles for loss. But Allen appears to be back to his form from 2011. In two games, he has been far more active and is tied for the most tackles on the team with 13. He also has two sacks and two tackles for loss, along with three quarterback hurries and a pass breakup. - The Sports Xchange

08/14/2013 - TOP MICHIGAN STATE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 3. OLB Denicos Allen (5-11, 220, 4.64)...A two-time All-Big Ten honorable mention and two-year starter at outside linebacker, Denicos Allen exploded onto the Big Ten scene as a redshirt sophomore in 2011 when he led the team with 18.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks - good enough to rank him fourth and second in the conference, respectively, and place him on the radar of NFL draftniks everywhere.

He wasn't nearly as disruptive at the line of scrimmage in 2012 however, as he saw his tackles for loss (10) and sacks (3) numbers dip substantially, and was clearly targeted by opposing offenses opting to leave an extra 'back or tight end to chip away at him on edge rushes and blitzes. Many are now wondering if 2011 was an abberation. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com

08/14/2013 - TOP MICHIGAN STATE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 3. OLB Denicos Allen (5-11, 220, 4.64)...While there's certainly no denying Allen's athleticism and downhill explosiveness, at just under six feet and with a playing weight that seems to hover between 215 and 220, he may need to show that he can add bulk without losing speed and quickness in order to earn a starting-caliber draft grade from NFL scouts, as he appeared severely overmatched at times by bigger blockers.

A couple of areas of his game that didn't appear to fall off in 2012 were his instincts and his natural ability in space, as he routinely diagnosed plays early, read the opposing quarterback and took good angles to the football. The intangibles and the athleticism are clearly there for Allen, but he'll need to show better physicality and the ability to beat blockers this year if he's going to draw high-round interest from NFL teams next May. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com


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