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Roger Allen (OG)
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 326
Conference: Mid-America
Hometown: Raytown, MO
High School: Raytown
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Overview

In the school's history, there has never been an offensive lineman that could dominate a game the way Allen did during his 48 contests starting for the Griffons. The former Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Freshman of the Year (first offensive lineman to ever earn that award) has a mantel full of postseason honors for each of his seasons at MWSU.


Few linemen in the collegiate game boast Allen's raw power and explosive first step coming off the snap. He simply manhandled the low level of competition he faced, as once he anchored in the trenches, his opposition found him to be an immovable object that they simply could not handle in one-on-one confrontations. On the team's last 92 scoring drives, Allen produced 26 touchdown-resulting blocks, a remarkable feat for an offensive guard.


Allen was a standout lineman at Raytown (Mo.) High School. During his prep career, he regularly earned all-metro and all-conference accolades. The 250-pound defensive end received a two-star rating from Scout.com and was recruited by the University of Illinois prior to enrolling at Missouri Western.


In 2005, he garnered MIAA Freshman of the Year honors. He started all 12 games at offensive guard, and his drive blocking helped the team's rushing attack average 4.7 yards per carry. As a sophomore, he was named All-MIAA first-team. The Griffons again rushed for over 2,000 yards behind their right guard, who delivered 10 touchdown-resulting blocks in 2006.


Allen earned All-American first-team honors from The NFL Draft Report and received All-Southwest Region recognition, in addition to adding another All-MIAA first-team berth during his junior campaign. The Griffons rushed for more than 2,000 yards for the third straight year, as their right guard delivered 13 touchdown-resulting blocks and registered 92 knockdowns, finishing with an 85.5 percent grade for blocking consistency, the third-best among Division II blockers.


The senior started nine games at right guard and three late-season contests at right tackle for Missouri Western in 2008. He was again an All-American choice by The NFL Draft Report, as that scouting service rated him the best offensive lineman in the small college ranks. The American Football Coaches Association awarded him with All-American accolades, becoming just the third player in school history to make the AFCA team.


The offense struggled most of the year, but their top prospect produced a league-high 107 knockdowns while posting 14 touchdown-resulting blocks. Allen finished his final season with a career-high blocking consistency of 88.25 percent, the highest mark earned by a blocker in the NCAA Division II ranks.


High School

Attended Raytown (Mo.) High School...Earned All-Metro and All-Conference accolades... The 250-pound defensive end received a two-star rating from Scout.com.


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Analysis

Positives: Wide body with long, strong arms to anchor inside. Quick enough to seal inside or outside shoulder of tackles when head-up. Moves to the second level and comes out of his stance quicker than his timed speed would indicate. Gets low to move his man off the ball on run plays. Works hard through the whistle. Solid on double teams, and does not let up during the play.


Negatives: Only adequate height and athleticism for an offensive lineman. Played at a lower level of competition. Does not sustain in pass protection after initial punch, and will get beat if the quarterback hangs onto the ball. Will miss targets in space. Punches and overextends in pass protection and when trying to secure the linebacker, instead of latching on and moving his feet to sustain. Winds up on the ground too often.


Injury Report

2009: Suffered a sports hernia in the Texas vs. Nation all-star game, resulting in Feb. 11 surgery that kept him from working out at the Combine.


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