PFF scouting profile: Jack Allen, C, Michigan State

Mike Renner and the PFF draft crew break down the prospects of Michigan State center Jack Allen.

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PFF scouting profile: Jack Allen, C, Michigan State


Below is the PFF draft profile for Michigan State center Jack Allen, which incorporates PFF’s college grades and scouting intel from our team of analysts. To see all of PFF’s 2016 scouting reports, click here.

Position fit:

Center. Zone scheme

Stat to know:

Second-highest-graded Power-5 center in 2014

Combine stats:

Height: 6-1

Weight: 294

Arm length: 32 ¼ inches

Hand size: 10 ⅛ inches

Bench: 23 reps

40-yard dash: 5.29 seconds

Broad jump: 8-5 inches

3-cone drill: 7.90 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.73 seconds

What he does best:

–Ability to lock in on the move is top-notch. One of the highest-graded players in the class on zone runs despite that making up only 40 percent of Michigan State’s run plays this past year

–Plays extremely low and almost never loses the leverage battle. Even if he doesn’t win with his hands right away, he’ll still create movement on defensive tackles

–Back-to-back seasons of quality grading and with only a few negatively graded games over that span

Biggest concern:

–Doesn’t have the explosiveness out of his stance that some centers in the class possess. Below-average athlete. Not sure he’ll be able to consistently get the angle on nose tackles at the next level

–Length gives him some problems. Often left grasping at air if defensive tackle makes the first contact

–Inconsistent with his hands and it causes him to lose very quickly. Will lead with his shoulder to deliver a blow and have his arms low and by his sides. Was especially an issue on gap runs where he graded out negatively for the year

Bottom line:

He may have a limited upside by his athleticism and size, but Allen is one of the cleaner center prospects in this draft.

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Mike is a Senior Analyst at Pro Football Focus. His work has also been featured on The Washington Post, ESPN Insider, and 120 Sports.

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