Photo of Brian Allen
Drafted By: Steelers

Combine Results

Grade
5.13 ?
  • 4.48 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 15 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 34.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 117.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.64 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.34 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

The Steelers add depth to their defensive subpackages with this pick. Allen brings length and ball skills to a meddling secondary. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'3" Height
  • 34" Arm Length
  • 215LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands

Overview

Allen did not play defense in high school, but Utah seems to be able to convert the long, tall receivers into coveted cornerback prospects. The married father of one played in 10 games as a reserve as a redshirt freshman in 2013, even playing receiver in one game. Allen contributed on special teams, safety and cornerback in six games the next season, missing the second half of the year with an injury. He returned to begin realizing his potential on the outside in 2015, playing in 13 games, starting three, intercepting a pass and breaking up three others. Allen led the Utes with four interceptions in 2016, starting seven of 11 games played.

Analysis

Strengths

Tremendously long. Will stick his jabs into receiver's chest from press coverage and disrupt the release. Looks comfortable in bump-and-run coverage. Has ability to use length as a recovery tool. Limited just 42.5 percent of targets his way to be completed over the last two seasons. Size casts a tall shadow from trail coverage that makes it challenging to complete the deep touch throw over him. Still very raw and inexperienced and should continue to improve with coaching. Showed off impressive long speed at the combine.

Weaknesses

Former wide receiver who said he "didn't know how to tackle" when he made the switch and still has issues with it. Ducks head into contact and rarely squares up his target. Finishing rate as a tackler was way below desired rate. Ball skills aren't where they need to be. Slow to find the deep throw and make adjustments to the ball path. Allowed 21.7 yards per completion in 2016. Could struggle badly against a bombs-away offensive approach. Hips and feet are clunky when forced to open suddenly in off-coverage and he loses balance too often in transitions forward.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5-6

Bottom Line

On the surface, Allen is nowhere near ready to play NFL football. He lacks smooth feet and hips in coverage, a feel for routes and is below average playing the deep ball. His issues as a tackler make it unlikely a team would trust him to move to safety. However, his elite size, speed and length are sure to garner attention and he does flash some potential as a bump-and-run corner. Allen could be a late-round pick who is stashed on a practice squad while a team tries to improve his technique.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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