Antonio Allen S South Carolina #26
Does a nice job fighting through traffic considering his modest size. A scrappy player who won’t back down from bigger, more physical assignments. Decent ball skills; will come down with the interception when he’s in position. Experienced as pass rusher off the edge; speed makes him tough to block and will get into the backfield fairly frequently. High energy player who gives a solid effort on every play. A true sideline-to-sideline defender who makes a lot of plays in pursuit.
Frequently lined up at weak-side linebacker in college, but lacks the size to play anything but safety in the pros. Vision/awareness are very average; does not consistently keep his eye on the ball carrier and misses a lot of opportunities to make plays by reacting late. Limited experience in man coverage. Very much willing to play the run, but tackling technique is shaky. Not a wrap-up tackler; tends to swipe low with his arms or go for the big hit. Hesitates a lot in zone coverage and will bite on pump fakes.
Allen is very raw, but it’s tough to blame him for his deficiencies. South Carolina used him as a weak-side linebacker early in his career, and used him in a hybrid safety/linebacker role during his final seasons. As a result, he’s going to be a strong run defender for a safety, but his coverage skills need a lot of work. Most of the issues simply stem from a lack of experience, and he should improve with time. He’s a developmental prospect, but definitely has the basic skills necessary to develop into a solid contributor. Due to his intensity on the field, he should also be a strong special teams performer.
2011 vs Nebraska
2011 vs Auburn
2011 vs East Carolina