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Allen was an All-County pass-catcher at La Marque and received recruiting interest from in-state programs like UTEP and North Texas, but he was drawn to Utah, his lone scholarship offer from a power-five conference. After redshirting in 2012, he played mostly on special teams in 2013 and was buried on the wide receiver depth chart. The Utes coaching staff decided to move Allen to defense prior to the 2014 season, practicing with both the safeties and cornerbacks and recording his first career tackle as a sophomore. He saw more playing time on defense in 2015, including three starts in the final month of the season, recording 26 tackles, four passes defended and his first career interception. Allen shared the starting cornerback duties as a senior in 2016 (nine starts) and finished second on the team with 10 passes defended and four interceptions.
Allen never played defense in his life prior to the 2014 season, but made the transition to cornerback and combined to make 12 starts over his final 17 games for the Utes, splitting the starting duties with Dominique Hatfield and Reggie Porter. Allen is a tall drink of water with rare length for the position, but his cover technique and ball awareness are a roller coaster from snap-to-snap. Although he flashes the toughness needed in run support, he is extremely raw as a tackler and still learning how to properly wrap and finish. Overall, Allen has the size/speed blend worth developing, but he is a better athlete than cover man right now with a lot of guessing on his game tapes day three development prospect, who requires a patient coaching staff.
STRENGTHS: Tall, athletic frame with remarkable length. Long-striding speed to carry receivers outside and make up ground on vertical patterns. Uses his long levers to cut off routes and delicately impede the receiver. Active hands at the line of scrimmage and downfield at the catch point. Former wide receiver with the hand-eye coordination and large catch radius to make impressive highpointing interceptions. Aggressive run defender and not afraid to get physical. Long arms help expand his tackle radius. Chase speed to catch up to ballcarriers from the opposite side of the field. Encouraging ball production with 14 passes defended and five interceptions over 12 starts the past two seasons.
WEAKNESSES: Skinny limbs with functional strength questions. Lazy lower body technique, pad level and stance in press-man coverage. Tight hips and struggles to sink in his transition. False steps at the top of routes. Can be run off routes, struggling to gear down and control his momentum. Undeveloped instincts and route recognition. Overzealous arm bar and will draw flags. Locates the ball well downfield, but needs to improve his timing and body position to finish. Lowers his pads in run support and arrives with speed, but more of a striker than wrap-up tackler, leading to misses. Not a reliable run defender in space. Hung up on blocks on the perimeter. Older prospect and will turn 24-years old as a NFL rookie.