2017 NFL Draft

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Jeff Allen

| | College: Illinois
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A four-year starter, Allen wasn't highly recruited out of high shcool with Illinois one of the few schools that offered him a scholarship. He enrolled early and saw early playing time in 2008 as a true freshman, starting nine games at right tackle and earned several Freshman All-American honors. Allen moved to left tackle in 2009 as a sophomore and started all 12 games. He again started every game in 2010 as a junior, playing the weak tackle position and earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors. Allen returned in 2011 as a senior and again started all 13 games at weak tackle, earning All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors.

Allen has very good starting experience (47 career starts), playing both left tackle and right tackle as the weakside tackle opposite the tight end. He looks the part with average lateral agility, but has disappointing functional strength with very little push in the run game and poor hand use -- looks like Tarzan but plays like Jane. Allen has the size and foot quickness to be an adequate pass protector at the next level, but needs a lot of improvement as a run blocker before he's NFL ready. He offers some upside for the next level as a developmental player probably best suited inside at guard or right tackle.


Strengths: A big athlete with good bulk and a filled out frame. Stays balanced and doesn't overextend himself in pass protection -- stays disciplined with good bend and body leverage. A smooth mover and covers a lot of ground, working hard to mirror rushers -- agile footwork and keeps his feet moving. A better-than-expected athlete and has steadily improved in pass protection. Plays with a wide base and is stout at the point of attack -- can control rushers when he uses his hands effectively. Started the final 47 games of his career with experience at both left and right tackle as a two-year captain.

Weaknesses: Has a sloppy body with a soft belly and very average arm length, not consistently extending his arms. A finesse blocker and lacks an aggressive, physical nature -- lack of strength exposed in the run game (not a mauler). Needs to be more aggressive with his hands and jolt defenders at the POA -- too much of a grabber and catch blocker with poor hand placement. Doesn't have the natural power to redirect rushers and needs to deliver some hits instead of only absorbing them. Isn't technically refined and gets lazy with his fundamentals, allowing rushers into his body and ending up on the ground too much. Needs to block with better bend and pad level with a bad habit of stopping his feet on contact and slipping off blocks -- struggles in space. Needs to improve his overall awareness to recognize extra defenders -- too many holding penalties for a player with his experience. Lacks an intense, competitive demeanor.

NFL Comparison: Jeremy Bridges, Arizona Cardinals

-- Dane Brugler

2011 Season

Second-Team All-Big Ten (media) / Honorable Mention (coaches) … Third-Team All-Big Ten (Phil Steele) … Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Candidate … Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason Watch List … Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List … Recorded his 46th consecutive start against Minnesota … Helped the Illini to 301 total yards and 149 rushing yards against Wisconsin … Aided Illinois to 308 rushing yards and 518 total yards against Indiana … Helped Illinois to 473 total yards against Northwestern … Aided Illinois to 296 rushing yards and 463 totalyards against Western Michigan … Helped Illinois rack up 364 rushing yards and 519 total yards against South Dakota State.

2010 Season

Second-team All-Big Ten selection by media and honorable mention by coaches … Phil Steele's second-team All-Big Ten … Team captain … Named team's Outstanding Offensive Lineman at postseason banquet … Helped pave the way for the top rushing offense in the Big Ten and the 11th best in the nation (246.1 ypg) … The Illini offense broke school records for points in a season (423) and points per game (32.54) in addition to producing the fourth-most total yards (5,162) and second-most rushing yards (3,199) in school history … Running back Mikel Leshoure broke the Illinois single-season rushing record (1,697 yards) behind Allen and the offensive line … Started all 13 games at weak-side tackle and has made 34 consecutive starts through the end of the 2010 season … Helped UI offense post 533 yards of total offense in Texas Bowl win over Baylor … Helped Illini tally 318 yards rushing at Fresno State … Paved the way for 559 yards of total offense, including a season-high 519 rushing, in win over Northwestern … Helped Illinois' offense record a season-high 561 yards of total offense, including 315 rushing, at Michigan … Paved the way for 437 total yards, including 282 yards rushing, in win at Penn State … Aided the Illini offense in racking up 319 rushing yards in victory over Northern Illinois … Had his first career reception vs. SIU, catching a deflection for two yards … Academic All-Big Ten honoree … Preseason fourth-team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele … Earned team's Best Effort Offense award during 2010 spring drills.

2009 Season

Started all 12 games at left tackle … Illinois' rushing offense ranked 17th in the NCAA and second in the Big Ten … Helped the Illini to 331 rushing yards and 548 total yards in the season finale against Fresno State … Aided the Illini offense in racking up 476 yards of total offense and Juice Williams' 282-yard passing performance at No. 5 Cincinnati … Helped Illinois offense rush for over 200 yards for the third time of the season against Northwestern … Assisted Illinois to 500 yards of total offense, 377 yards rushing, and a win over Michigan … Helped the Illini offense record 443 yards of total offense against Indiana … Assisted an offense that aided Juice Williams to pass for his seventh 250-yard passing performance against Penn State … Helped lead Illini offense to 384 rushing yards and 548 total yards against Illinois State … Preseason second-team All-Big Ten selection by Athlon … Preseason third-team All-Big Ten selection by Phil Steele.

2008 Season

Earned second-team Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News … Named third-team Freshman All-American by Phil Steele … Started nine games of 11 games played as a true-freshman at right tackle … Played on 628 offensive snaps and 46 on special teams … Part of an offensive line that helped the Illini lead the Big Ten in pass offense (269.3) and rank second in total offense (439.4) … Helped the Illini offense total 455 yards against Ohio State (214 rushing, 241 passing) … Protected for 563 total yards against Indiana (292 rushing, 271 passing) … Helped protect for 462 passing yards and 550 total yards against Minnesota, the third-best passing performance in school history … Protected for 501 yards of total offense and did not allow a sack at Michigan … Helped the Illini record 533 yards of total offense, including 399 rushing yards against Eastern Illinois … Protected for 451 passing yards against Missouri, the fourth-best passing total in Illinois history … Enrolled at Illinois in January 2008.

High School

Named to 2007 Chicago Sun Times All-Public League Team … Named to the Champaign News-Gazette Special Mention All-State team … PrepStar All-Region … Ranked among the top 30 players in Illinois by Rivals.com … Four-year starter … Recorded 97 tackles and two sacks as a senior … Also blocked a punt for a touchdown, the only score of his career … Chose Illinois over N.C. State … High school coach was Lonnie Williams.


Son of Lalibala Allen … Born Jan. 8, 1990 … Uncle, Shon Williams, played football at Miami.


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