Prospect

Photo of Cortez Allen
Cortez Allen (DB)
  • Height:
    6'1"
  • Weight:
    197 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    32 1/4 in.
  • Hand Size:
    8 5/8 in.
  • College:
    Citadel
  • Conference:
    Southern
Featured Prospects

Selected by: Pittsburgh Steelers
Round: 4
Pick (Overall): 31 (128)

Pick Analysis: Allen is a long, rangy corner with the frame and skills to thrive in the Steelers' scheme. He will compete for playing time as a nickel or dime defender and add some athleticism to their kicking units.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash4.51 sec
  • Bench Press18.0 reps
  • Vertical Jump35.5 inch
  • Broad Jump129.0 inch
  • 3 Cone Drill6.76 sec
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.01 sec
  • 60 Yard Shuttle10.87 sec
Buzz

Overview

Allen is blessed with the physical tools (great size) to eventually become a backup corner for a press-heavy team but is a raw prospect lacking the natural coverage instincts to develop into a starter. Very capable of jamming receivers at the line but can struggle to mirror once in a trail position. Utilizes his length and reach to rack up the pass break-ups and extend for difficult INTs but needs to show more aggressiveness on jump balls and when taking on blockers against the run. Instincts and awareness need to be developed.


Strengths

Allen possesses outstanding size coupled with good speed for a corner prospect. Comfortable in press-man coverage. Uses his frame and length well to re-route receivers at the line. Gets his hands on a lot of balls. Can come down with the tough INT. Holds up well in jump-ball battles.

Weaknesses

Awareness is lacking. DoesnÂ’t do the little things in coverage to maximize natural gifts. Late reacting from off-man coverage. Angular, high-cut player who displays some hip-stiffness. Struggles to stick with quicker, savvy route-runners. Must improve in run support. Needs to become more consistent with angles and positioning.

Grade

4.1

 

Video Playlist

  1. 2011 combine workout: Cortez Allen

    Published: March 8, 2011 at 08:08 p.m.

    Watch Citadel defensive back Cortez Allen perform at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

Watch more Draft video >
You must be signed in to leave a comment. Sign-in | Register