Brian Allen NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Los Angeles Rams' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

Michigan State running back L.J. Scott (3) runs with blocking from teammate guard Brian Allen (65) against Minnesota in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, in Minneapolis. Michigan State defeated Minnesota 30-27. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)
Andy Clayton-King/Associated Press

POSITIVES

—Competitive toughness and mean streak that are apparent on film.

—Versatile competitor who spent time at multiple line spots.

—Uses natural leverage and torque to dig out defensive linemen at the point of attack.

—Churns out blocks by continually pounding feet into and through stalemates that most others might lose.

—Can quick-set and anchor well despite lack of length (76 ¾" wingspan).

           

NEGATIVES

—Lack of height (6'1") and length forces him to lean and engage sooner than he might like.

—Doesn't have the athleticism required to play in a zone scheme, which would get him moving to the edge.

—Punch timing and location have to be perfect or he's overwhelmed quickly with speed and power.

—Half-second late out of his stance far too often despite needing the extra time to be first with strikes.

—Only a center in the NFL and will have to show he can become a more fluid athlete off the snap.

                  

OVERALL

Brian Allen will have to excel at center if he expects to make a team. Fortunately, he shows the sort of competitiveness and mauler mentality franchises look for. Wherever he lands will have to coach him up to use strike location and timing, or he'll be exposed on the interior. At worst, he's a rookie practice squad candidate but should see an active roster within his first two years.

            

GRADE: 5.65 (Round 5-6)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: David Andrews, New England Patriots

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