NAME: Zach Allen
SCHOOL: Boston College
JERSEY: No. 2
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 285 lbs
One of just two defensive lineman in the entire nation to rack up 100 tackles in 2017, Allen had a standout junior season working opposite Harold Landry where he tallied 100 tackles, 15.5 tackle for loss and four sacks. One of the Eagles’ senior leaders on an underrated unit, Allen is in search of a third consecutive double-digit tackles for loss season as a senior. Barring and injury, Allen has the skill set to replicate and improve upon 2017’s monster year of production.
What’s most exciting about Allen is how physical and strong he is at the point of attack. Not easily moved out of his gap, Allen does well to dictate reps with aggressive hand technique and a stout anchor as he plays through blocks. He offers sharp mental processing skills in his ability to diagnose plays and seamlessly disposes of blockers in pursuit. His executes with a relentless motor and high degree of urgency.
While Allen offers exceptional play strength, he isn’t the most gifted of athletes. He wins with hustle and physicality but it’s hard to envision him winning around the corner against NFL offensive tackles. He sets a firm edge but his pass rushing upside comes attacking the a and b gaps. He doesn’t have the juice or flexibility to corner the edge track. His lateral mobility and agility is below average for an edge player in even fronts/
Allen is poised for another productive season and will be an attractive prospect for a defense that features multiple fronts in the NFL where he can be moved around based on situations and matchups. Allen’s valuation from team-to-team will vary but he’s a player with the upside to play an important role in an NFL front seven.