At 6'3", 255 pounds, Dwayne Allen isn't the biggest tight end. However, his skill set allows him to consistently be mentioned as one of the top TEs in the 2012 NFL draft.
With 598 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in 2011, Allen has already produced at a high level. Allen's 12-yard average per catch is an excellent number for a tight end.
WalterFootball praises Allen as a receiver.
What makes Allen the top tight end in the 2012 class is the passing dimension he is projected to bring to an NFL offense. He is a dangerous receiver. He beats linebackers and defensive backs with surprising quickness and good route-running. While he gets separation routinely, Allen is fabulous at going up and snaring high passes over defenders.
In the NFL, Allen projects as a solid starter. As his 4.89 40-yard dash suggests, however, Allen lacks elite upside. He simply isn't a dynamic vertical threat.
Still, Allen is a solid in-line blocker with good catching ability. He excels at working the underneath, and he will haul in plenty of catches at the next level.
Because he is already a good route-runner, Allen should contribute from day one. He still does need to refine some aspects of his game, though, so he probably won't start immediately.
Allen is an interesting pick by the Colts. They nabbed Coby Fleener with the 2nd pick of the 2nd round, so they're certainly trying to find Luck some weapons. Allen is a different type of tight end than Fleener, but do they really need two this early?