After reviewing all previous seven selections for the Los Angeles Rams in the 2019 NFL Draft, we’ve finally made it to the end. This time we’re taking a look at Texas Tech Red Raiders LB Dakota Allen.
Allen was only a three-year prospect at Texas Tech due to an arrest (charges dropped) that ultimately got him kicked off the team. Allen was eventually re-instated due to the teams belief in his character, and it payed off to the tune of 249 total tackles, 17.5 tackles-for-loss, two sacks, four interceptions, seven pass deflections, and one forced fumble.
Let’s take a look at the write-up:
Has a lot of short area quickness/burst. Does a good job eyeing quarterbacks and timing his jump to affect passing lanes/bat passes. Aware in zone coverage though he lacks the top-end speed and range to cover a large area. Willing to take on blockers in the run game in an aggressive manner, though he doesn’t put himself in a position to stack and shed. Capable blitzer. Gets stuck on blocks. Powerful hitter who’s a decent tackler.
This rep shows Allen’s ability to play in today’s NFL. He’s in zone coverage towards the flat. Once the quarterback lets go of the pass, Allen breaks towards the running back, closes the gap between them, and secures the tackle for a minimal gain:
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Ultimately, Allen is a longshot, though he’s one worth taking in the seventh round of the draft. He’s not the most athletic linebacker by today’s standards, though his quickness in short area spaces allows him to minimize a lot of those concerns. His IQ and aggressiveness towards the ball are positives to his game. Allen is likely to contribute on special teams, particularly because that’ll be the easiest way for him to work his way onto the 53-man roster.
Here is Long’s athletic profile via MockDraftable:
We’re now done with reviews on every draft pick. Let the battles begin with organized team activities and torpedoing into training camp.