Marcus Allen

Penn St.
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Prospect Info

College
Penn St.
Hometown
Class
Upper Marlboro, MD
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
215 lbs
30 5/8”
Hands
9 1/8”

Prospect Grade

5.60
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Pittsburgh
Steelers
Round 5 ‧ Pick 11
40 Yard Dash
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Seconds
 
Bench Press
15
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
37.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
127.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.32
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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While Allen's name reminds NFL fans of a former Hall of Famer who played for the Raiders and Chiefs, the Maryland native and top 30 safety prospect is actually the godson of another Hall of Fame back -- Curtis Martin. Allen made his own name as a true freshman, playing in all 13 contests and starting the final seven (58 tackles, two for loss, sack, three pass break-ups). He was voted an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick the following year, starting 12 games and racking up 81 tackles (five for loss, one sack, two forced fumbles). Allen was a third-team all-conference selection by coaches in 2016, as they saw his constant presence around the ball -- typically in a hitting mode. He led the Nittany Lions with 110 tackles (six for losses) in 14 starts, also recording three pass break-ups, a forced fumble, and a blocked kick.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 3-4
NFL Comparison
Clayton Geathers
Overview
Allen is a punishing, downhill banger with good size and the attitude of a linebacker in run support. He's a little limited in terms of his lateral movement and agility and is at his best when allowed to flow downhill. Tape appears to show a lack of long speed and his forty time seems to back that up. Allen's game is a little limited, but he has the toughness and tackle production of a future starter who does his best work near the line of scrimmage.
Strengths
  • Already plays the game with NFL-level aggression
  • Meets blockers with jarring hands to keep himself from getting locked up
  • Forceful striker willing to give his body up for the cause
  • Triggers downhill with full commitment once he diagnoses run
  • Flashes into backside lanes to dissuade and corral cutbacks
  • Team captain and locker room favorite
  • Generally operates under control and with good mirror when working as downhill tackler against inside runs
  • Worked to improve pattern reading by working with receiver Daesean Hamilton
  • Efforts to stay deeper than the deepest in single-high coverage
  • Can match up with tight ends in space
Weaknesses
  • Lacks instincts and anticipation
  • Likes to see ball come out before making his jump
  • Missing footwork and burst to consistently challenge throws in his area
  • Has just one career interception and few passes broken up
  • May not run well enough to handle single-high duties in NFL
  • Tight-hipped finisher with below average lateral agility and foot quickness to track late cuts by running back
  • Comes downhill too hot at times and will run past the tackle
  • Too many false steps in coverage
  • Lacks fluidity in space and change of direction in coverage is labored
Sources Tell Us

"If he doesn't start early, he'll be a star on coverage teams. He's fearless and loves to hit. I'm concerned with his speed and we want our safeties to be better in coverage than he is. I think he's a great fit as a nickel or dime linebacker in sub." - AFC team regional scout

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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