Photo of Geronimo Allison
Grade
4.86 ?
  • 4.67 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 33.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 127.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.40 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.28 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.54 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'3" Height
  • 32 7/8" Arm Length
  • 196LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands

Overview

Allison?s journey to Illinois was a bit circuitous. He didn?t play high school football as a sophomore or junior, so he fell a bit below the recruiting radar. Allison received plenty of major college football love after two years at Iowa Western Community College, as he helped the Reivers win a national title in 2012 and rank second in the nation in 2013 (69-872, eight touchdowns). He contributed immediately as a junior (41-598, five scores) and then earned honorable mention All-Big Ten (65-882, three touchdowns) by leading the Illini in receiving this fall. Allison is a lean strider who stretches defenses vertically and is able to high-point passes, making him a potential red zone weapon.

Analysis

Strengths

Can steer clear of press coverage with foot quickness and head fakes off the snap. High point pass catcher who gets full extension when trying to pluck the high throws. Able to stick the landing when making a touch catch near the boundary. Angular receiver who will fight through a tackler after the catch. As a blocker, squares up his target and gives above average effort as a blocker on the edge. Grinds on film. Voted team captain multiple weeks in 2015 and takes his role of team leader seriously.

Weaknesses

Below average deep threat. Rare to see him run a go route past a cornerback and make himself an open vertical target. Lack of deep speed allows cornerbacks to sit on underneath routes. Ohio State cornerbacks ran his routes all day long. Focus drops an issue this year. Had drop rate of just over 11 percent this year. Play speed into routes needs to improve. Hip stiffness prevents him from sinking hips into breaks. Below average acceleration out of breaks. Too often crowds himself against the boundary.

Bottom Line

Long and lanky, Allison didn?t play football his junior or senior year and played two years of junior college ball before finishing his final two seasons at Illinois. While Allison is still a work and progress and did show growth during his senior season, his inability to consistently create separation will likely trump his height and willingness to help out in the running game. The tape doesn?t show enough speed, but if he runs well during the postseason, he will get some attention.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.