Jeff Allen proved himself to be a reliable presence on the offensive line for the Illinois Fighting Illini.
He started 46 consecutive games at both the left and right tackle spots.
His versatility has led the draft experts to project him as a guard in the NFL. The Senior Bowl staff agreed and moved him inside.
The scouts, including Dane Brugler of CBS Sports, felt that he performed well within the "tight quarters" of the interior trenches, as he was able to keep the defender in front of him.
Allen isn't a plug-and-play rookie and still needs to put in some work in order to see the field.
Most notably, Allen will need to reshape his body. According to Pro Football Weekly, he certainly "[d]oes not look the part — is knock-kneed, fleshy-bodied and pear-shaped."
His lack of body conditioning appears to directly conflict with his effort on the field. Perhaps all he will need is a good nutritionist and a smarter diet.
Allen hasn't quite been compared to Andre Smith when it comes to lack of physical preparation, but any solid veteran presence should be able to whip him into shape.
Despite PFW's knock on Allen's body, the former Illini tackle will be a good fit in the interior for Kansas City. He needs work, but with the right strength and conditioning program, he should be a very solid fit for the Chiefs and their run game.
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