Draft 2019 – Pick #8: Dakota Allen, LB, Texas Tech

Overview
 
Allen is an inside linebacker with good toughness and intangibles but lacks the speed and instincts teams look for in the middle. He plays with good short-area quickness and a willingness to stick his nose into oncoming traffic in order to leverage his gap and set his teammates up for success. With adequate athleticism and the potential to become a core special teamer, Allen could hear his name called in the later rounds of the draft.
 

Strengths
  • Redeemed himself after facing tremendous personal adversity
  • Elected team captain in both years after his return to the program
  • Coachable and leads by example with team-first approach
  • Feet are active and ready post-snap
  • Rushes downhill, attacking pull and iso blocks to leverage gap and do his part for the scheme
  • Adequate short-area burst to scrape
  • Consistent to sink and explode through ball carriers as tackler
  • Well-conditioned and doesn't fatigue easily in up-tempo conference
  • Comfortable dropping in space and mirroring quarterback's eyes
  • Soft hands with four career interceptions.
 
Weaknesses
  • Instincts need work from the middle
  • Misses opportunities to go gap-shooting for the tackle for loss
  • More race than pace in flow to the football
  • Runs to a spot rather than feeling the ball-carrier's intentions
  • Over-commits and misses potential run fits
  • Below-average slipping and disengaging from blocks
  • Missing big closing burst in sideline-to-sideline pursuit
  • Chomps on play-fakes and gets baited out of position
 
By Lance Zierlein (NFL.COM)
 

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