Antonio Allen, SS, South Carolina
Grade: (Grading Scale)
Arms: 32 1/2 Hands: 9 3/8
40 Time: 4.62 Vert: 34″ Broad: 9’10” 3 Cone: 7.02 Bench: 17
Film Room Notes: 6.8 vs Nebraska
Strengths: Allen is a traditional strong safety prospect – Brings a physical presence to the secondary – Good height, thick frame with good muscle structure – Decent speed for his size – Played mostly in the box at South Carolina, sometimes even playing OLB – Makes most of his plays near the line of scrimmage – Excellent run support – Finds a way through traffic to the ball carrier – Has shown the ability to be a good blitzer, times the snap count and can come off the edge – Explodes through gaps to make plays in the backfield, 9 solo tackles for a loss last season – Can deliver a big blow at point of impact, forced four fumbles as a senior – Takes on blocks well and shows the ability to shed, using his long arms- Better in zone coverages and when he is able to keep the play in front of him – Route recognition has improved – Is effective at playing press coverage – Using his size and long arms he delivers a blow to the receiver, holding him up at the line and re-routing him- His instincts have improved over the course of his career, has begun to trust his reads more – Has been productive on special teams coverage units and projects to make an impact there at the next level as well – Emotional leader of the Gamecocks secondary and plays with great intensity
Weaknesses: Not a real fluid athlete especially in the hips – Struggles to change direction quick enough – Has a tough time turning and running with receivers – Tends to play the body too often, instead of finding and tracking the ball – Can’t make up a lot of ground in coverage, if he makes a mistake with his reads he struggles to get back into position – Even though he is a powerful tackler, Allen exhibits poor tackling technique – Misses too many tackles due to poor angles – Throws himself at ball carriers in an attempt to make the big hit – Gets exposed on double moves – Man to man coverage skills need a lot of work – Has missed at least one game each year due to various injuries, so durability is a concern.
Allen is one of the best SS prospects in this year’s draft due to his ability to make an impact in run support and provide a physical presence on the backend. His coverage skills are at time suspect, but have shown improvement throughout his career – Can be used as a blitzer off the edge and some teams have even talked about playing him at LB.
Last Updated: March 27, 2012