Dakota Allen

Texas Tech
LB

Prospect Info

College
Texas Tech
Hometown
Class
Humble, TX
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
232 lbs
31 1/4”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

4.99
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Los Angeles Rams
Rams
Round 7 ‧ Pick 37
40 Yard Dash
4.77u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
23
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
31.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
116.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.88
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.04
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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Allen was three-star recruit from Humble, Texas, when arriving in Lubbock in 2014. As a redshirt freshman, he looked like a future star with 87 tackles, six for loss, and two interceptions in 12 games (five starts). Allen was dismissed from Tech before the 2016 season after being arrested for home burglary and stealing guns. Those charges were ultimately dismissed. He played at East Mississippi Community College in 2016 while his fate was being determined, earning All-Region honors (117 tackles) and becoming a fitting participant in the "Last Chance U." series on Netflix. Allen got his second chance after being able to re-enroll at Tech for 2017, leading the team with 102 tackles, six for loss, intercepting two passes, and breaking up four others. He was a first-team all-conference selection his senior year, starting 11 contests after posting 73 tackles, 6.5 for loss, and two pass breakups.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority free agent
NFL Comparison
Hardy Nickerson, Jr.
Overview
Allen is an inside linebacker with good toughness and intangibles but lacks the speed and instincts teams look for in the middle. He plays with good short-area quickness and a willingness to stick his nose into oncoming traffic in order to leverage his gap and set his teammates up for success. With adequate athleticism and the potential to become a core special teamer, Allen could hear his name called in the later rounds of the draft.
Strengths
  • Redeemed himself after facing tremendous personal adversity
  • Elected team captain in both years after his return to the program
  • Coachable and leads by example with team-first approach
  • Feet are active and ready post-snap
  • Rushes downhill, attacking pull and iso blocks to leverage gap and do his part for the scheme
  • Adequate short-area burst to scrape
  • Consistent to sink and explode through ball carriers as tackler
  • Well-conditioned and doesn't fatigue easily in up-tempo conference
  • Comfortable dropping in space and mirroring quarterback's eyes
  • Soft hands with four career interceptions.
Weaknesses
  • Instincts need work from the middle
  • Misses opportunities to go gap-shooting for the tackle for loss
  • More race than pace in flow to the football
  • Runs to a spot rather than feeling the ball-carrier's intentions
  • Over-commits and misses potential run fits
  • Below-average slipping and disengaging from blocks
  • Missing big closing burst in sideline-to-sideline pursuit
  • Chomps on play-fakes and gets baited out of position

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GRADE
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