Zach Allen

Boston College

Prospect Info

College
Boston College
Hometown
Class
New Canaan, CT
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
281 lbs
34 3/4”
Hands
10 1/8”

Prospect Grade

5.79
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Arizona
Cardinals
Round 3 ‧ Pick 1
Go to Pick
40 Yard Dash
5.0u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
24
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
32.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
112.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.34
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.36
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

Playlist

Allen won Connecticut' Gatorade High School Player of the Year award, helping his team win their second straight state title his senior year (102 tackles, 18 TFL, two INT, 12 PBU). He played basketball at New Canaan High and was also a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete. He had just two tackles in 12 games as a true freshman at BC. Even though he only started one game in 2016, he racked up 36 tackles, 10 for loss, six sacks, and four pass breakups in 13 games. Allen really became a playmaker his junior season, collecting honorable mention All-ACC honors, and leading the team with 15.5 tackles for loss and six sacks. He also joined Stanford defensive tackle Harrison Phillips as the only FBS defensive linemen to hit triple digits in tackles; Allen hit the century mark on the head. He was a second-team all-conference selection in 2018, leading his team with 15 tackles for loss while totaling 61 total tackles, 6.5 sacks, one interception, seven pass breakups, and two blocked kicks in 12 starts.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 2
NFL Comparison
Dean Lowry
Overview
Hard-charging defensive end who calls on initial quickness, play strength and outstanding instincts to counter his lack of length and athleticism. Allen's toughness and ability to diagnose quickly could allow him to play early as a run defender, but limitations as a rusher could push him inside on passing downs. He has average starter's potential and could be in consideration by odd or even fronts at defensive end.
Strengths
  • Relentless effort from snap to whistle
  • High football IQ with instant play diagnosis
  • Usually first off snap with good initial burst
  • Disruptive penetrator in the B-gap
  • Double digit tackles for loss in three straight seasons
  • NFL-ready play strength to handle himself at point of attack
  • Eyes work around blockers and stay peeled on backfield
  • Hands and upper-body power to stack-shed
  • Forward lean for momentum into bull rush
  • Hard press to outside edge before making inside charge
  • Base strength to power through redirect blocks
  • Attentive in looking to challenge throwing lane with 19 batted passes over three years
  • Experienced as a reduced rusher
Weaknesses
  • Caught somewhere between 4-3 and 3-4 defensive end spots
  • Carries ordinary frame with shorter arms and bulky hips
  • Has to rely on effort over athleticism
  • Gets glued to blocks at times due to lack of length
  • Can be reached and secured by quick, play-side tackles
  • Below-average reactive quickness and change of direction to tackle
  • Marginal pursuit speed to sideline
  • Short-stepper who struggles to beat quicker tackles up the rush arc
  • Tight lower body prohibits desired edge-bending
  • Pass rush missing well-crafted, effective counters
  • Baited offsides by hard counts
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