Prospecting for Gold: Dwayne Allen, TE


Let's get back into looking at draft prospects that the Bears could consider come the last weekend of this month. This has become one of my favorite series to write because with all the different directions the Bears could go in the draft, I can pick just about any prospect to document. Today I will be looking at Dwayne Allen, a tight end from Clemson who is ranked, generally as the second or third best TE in this year's weak class. He's even been linked to the Bears in a couple mocks I've seen. So what's this kid got?

Allen played in a pro-style offense at Clemson, which will greatly help his transition into the NFL. A three-year starter, Allen improved his numbers each year culminating with 49 catches for 592 yards and 8 touchdowns last fall for the Tigers.

At 6'3" and 255 lbs, Allen has good size and at the Combine he proved his athleticism turning in 4.89 40 yard dash, as well as being a top performer among TEs in the bench press (27 reps), 3-cone drill (7.12 seconds) and 20-yard shuttle (4.37 seconds).

He is a polished route runner and a decent blocker, but that isn't his strong suit, says CBSsports:

An athletic receiving tight end prospect with decent blocking skills. Allen has soft, natural hands and excellent ball skills. Speed is good, cuts and turning ability are impressive. A bit high cut and lean, Allen simply lacks the dominant low base and powerful hands to be a top in-line blocker. While his bend is good, Allen's high set allows him to be overpowered. Some NFL teams may view Allen more as an H-back, and he would get an extremely high grade as an H-back, since he excels at blocking on the move. Allen did get a large number of snaps lined up wide and in the backfield at Clemson.

Route Running: Runs precise routes with mostly crisp cuts. Very difficult to cover, gets separation consistently. Turns and accelerates though top speed is good but not elite.

After the Catch: Powerful open-field runner with agility, quickness, and a decent stiff arm. Can break tackles, run through defensive back tackle attempts and convert short passes into long gains.

CBS compares him to Alge Crumpler, while WalterFootball compares him to Jermaine Gresham:

Allen's game is similar to Cincinnati's starting tight end. Gresham (6-5, 260) was the Bengals' first-round pick (21st overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft. Allen may not go as high as Gresham did, but he shouldn't go much later. Allen looks like a late-first round or early second-round pick. Both Gresham and Allen are dangerous red-zone weapons who combine blocking ability with good receiving skills.

WalterFootball also mentions Chicago as potential match for him. He is generally considered a solid second round pick who could be available when the Bears get on the clock with the 50th pick. So how about a nice, big TE to compliment Kellen Davis and another weapon for Cutler?

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