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Grade
50.0 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'1" Height
  • 32 1/2" Arm Length
  • 229LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands

Overview

Allen's collegiate career got off to a slow start, but he made up for it in a big way by winning the coveted Ray Guy Award as the nation's top punter in 2011. The left-footed specialist ranked fifth in the FBS in gross average (46.1 yards per punt, a school record) but led the nation with 39 punts inside the 20-yard line and 22 punts inside the 10-yard line. He also forced an outstanding 28 fair catches, partially because Tech tied for third among all FBS teams with 85 punts. Allen also garnered first-team All-WAC and second-team Walter Camp All-American accolades for his efforts.



He walked on at Oregon State after attending high school in nearby Salem, but lost the job to fellow freshman Johnny Hekker (who was named honorable mention All-Pac 12 as a senior in 2011). After two seasons of not getting a chance to get onto the field, Allen petitioned the NCAA to allow him to transfer without having to sit out a season. A long wait for the affirmative decision cost him a chance to kick at a higher-profile program, but the Bulldogs' patience paid off as he performed well in his first season on campus (40.8 yard gross average, 21 fair catches, 21 inside the 20 against just four touchbacks in 60 kicks).



In 2012, Allen finished off his career by winning the Ray Award again. Allen led the nation with a 48.04 punting average. 21 of his 45 punts went longer than 50 yards, with a long of 85. Twenty of his kicks were downed inside the 20, and none of his punts blocked.

Analysis

Strengths

Left-footed kicker, gives returners fits with the spin. Adequate size for the position. Solid three-step delivery with a get-off in the 1.25-1.35 second range. Very good hang time and nice touch within the 10 yard line, gets 5.0 seconds on shorter punts to force fair catches or have it land with a soft bounce to help coverage units.

Weaknesses

Possesses a good, but not elite leg, most 50-yard kicks don't have superior hang time to prevent returns. Hang time decreases when rushing his delivery due to perceived pressure, though he still gets solid leg on the ball. Fidgets before the snap. Occasionally hits a shorter line drive with no big rush coming. Does not hold for placements.

NFL Comparison

Kevin Huber

Bottom Line

Allen excels at placing the ball inside the 10-yard line and has enough leg strength to stick around the NFL for many years if able to put more consistent height on longer kicks to prevent long returns from pro returners.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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