2012 NFL Draft Capsule: TE Dwayne Allen

2012 NFL Draft Capsule: TE Dwayne Allen
April 19, 2012, 5:41 am
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Dwayne Allen (TE), Clemson
6-3 255 lbs.

2011 Stats:
50 REC, 598 YDS, 8 TD

Projection:
Second round

Strengths:
Possesses a thicker, compact frame with a strongly put together core and base. Has a big set of hands and lined-up all over the Clemson offense showcasing the versatility to do the same thing in the NFL. Is a good move blocker who has some range getting into the second level and takes solid angles into contact. Looks more explosive off the line when split out, showcasing the body control, foot quickness and fluidity to snap out of his breaks on sharply breaking routes and create separation. (National Football Post)

Weaknesses:
Doesn't do a great job keeping his base down into contact, which allows defenders to get under him initially in the run game. Needs to learn to play lower and his problems with leverage might always be an issue because he seems to lack ideal length. His lack of length is even more obvious in pass protection where he is consistently forced to lock his arms in order to try to stay on defenders through contact. Possesses good hands, but will get caught being forced to double catch at times. (National Football Post)

Fit for Bears:
Allen looks the part and is an extremely versatile tight end, which is more important than ever in the NFL right now. He is a solid blocker and has reliable hands, but being in the right offense will be crucial to his success at the next level. If Mike Tice and the Bears land Allen, they must let him showcase his skills in various formations. Allens ceiling is much higher than current tight ends Kellen Davis and Matt Spaeth.